Awards and Accolades
2013, 2014, 2015 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
“No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi an Aurora Awards Finalist

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

No Sweeter Art,” Tony Pi’s story from BCS #155 and podcast BCS 133 of a character who wields a unique magic system that lets him inhabit candy figurines he glass-blows from caramel, struggling through personal failings and assassination conspiracies, has been named a finalist for the 2015 Aurora Awards.

The Aurora Awards are given to the best works and activities done by Canadians. Along with “No Sweeter Art” in the category Best Short Fiction – English, Tony (“The Curse of Chimère” in BCS #53;“Silk and Shadow” in BCS #11) also has a piece named finalist in Best Poem/Song – English.

Alongside Tony, fellow BCS author Helen Marshall (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) has a piece named finalist in Best Poem/Song – English and, for Best Related Work – English, her short story collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After, which includes “Crossroads and Gateways.”


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BCS a 2015 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The 2015 Hugo Award nominees were announced over the weekend, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the third time, especially because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped keep BCS this year what it has become, including Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, our donors, and every one of our readers and fans.

Congratulations also to the BCS authors who had other work named finalists:


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BCS Stories in Year’s Best SF & F 2015

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Two BCS stories have been selected for The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, edited by Rich Horton:


Mr. Horton in his introduction also has high praise for BCS:

Clarkesworld publishes almost solely science fiction, and Lightspeed publishes an even mixture of science fiction and fantasy, so it can be argued that another online ’zine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is the top fantasy magazine online, and the two outstanding stories from there in this book should support that argument.

Thank you!!

The anthology also features other stories by BCS authors Genevieve Valentine (“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere” in BCS #78, among others), Tom Crosshill (“Bearslayer and the Black Knight” in BCS #92 and podcast BCS 080, among others), Rachel Swirsky (“Great, Golden Wings” in BCS #28 and podcast BCS 027), and Yoon Ha Lee (“The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS #143 Science-Fantasy Month 2, among many others, and a new story “Two to Leave” forthcoming in BCS this spring) .

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“The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard a Finalist for the Nebula Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard’s story of society and motherhood in the aftermath of a colonial space warm, from BCS #142 Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121 guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Short Story.

Congratulations!! “The Breath of War” is a great story of character-centered, secondary-world (science) fantasy.

Aliette’s short fiction has appeared many times in BCS over the years, most recently “The Moon Over Red Trees” in BCS #157  Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 136.

Other Nebula finalists for work in other venues include BCS authors

Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!

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BCS Stories on Locus 2014 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Three stories from BCS made the 2014 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Jonathan Strahan, Lois Tilton, Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, Ellen Datlow, and many others.

The BCS stories named to the list:

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories that appeared in other magazines. Congratulations, all!

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Year-End Praise for BCS

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS and a number of our stories received prominent mention in the year-end summaries offered by the two major online reviewers in the F/SF short fiction field, Tangent Online and Lois Tilton at Locus online.

Tangent Online shortlisted fifteen pieces from BCS in their 2014 Recommended Reading List, including many with their additional one, two, or three-star rating:

Short Stories:

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel*

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater*

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell*

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald*

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard**



The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball*

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan*

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew*

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee**

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case***

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo***

In addition, Locus online short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton in her year-end review of short fiction from 2014 called BCS “a long-running success” and singled out several of our stories, all of which had received her “Recommended” rating in her original reviews:

Short Stories:

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks



Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Thanks very much, and congratulations, all!

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BCS & Authors World Fantasy Award Finalists

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The World Fantasy Award nominees were announced last night, and BCS is represented again, this year with one finalist, your humble Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, me (Scott H. Andrews), for Special Award–Non-Professional.

But a bunch of BCS authors are finalists for other work:

Congratulations, all! And thanks very much to all who found the magazine and my work on it worthy.

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BCS Honorable Mentions in Dozois’s Year’s Best SF 31

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 31, the latest volume in that long-running and prestigious annual anthology series, again this year included fantasy stories in its  honorable mentions.

The BCS stories singled out were:

Other BCS authors mentioned in his preface comments about BCS included Richard Parks, Gemma Files, and Marissa Lingen.

Congratulations, all! And thank you again to Mr. Dozois for including fantasy in his honorable mentions, in the years since the discontinuation of the major year’s best fantasy anthology, so that worthy fantasy stories can get such notice.

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BCS Authors Elsewhere: Dan Rabarts Wins Vogel Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Vogel2BCS author (and podcast narrator) Dan Rabarts (“The Crooked Mile” in BCS #127) has won a Sir Julius Vogel Award in the category of Best New Talent.

The Vogel Awards are New Zealand’s fan-voted F/SF awards, named after a former Prime Minister who wrote perhaps the first SF novel set in New Zealand. Their spiffy trophies, at right, are made with the generous support of Weta Workshop.

Congratulations to Dan! Check out “The Crooked Mile” in BCS #127, and also the BCS podcast that Dan narrated, BCS 111: The Goblin King’s Concubine by Raphael Ordoñez.

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