Awards and Accolades
2013, 2014, 2015 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
With the release of the full numbers of the nominations cast for this year’s Hugo Awards, many bloggers and fans are lauding the stories and other works that fell just short of making the ballot, attributed to other nominees that were promoted on voting slates making the ballot and bumping these works off.
“The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, which earned a Nebula nomination, fell two slots short of making the ballot for Best Short Story. Thank you to the many blogs who have lauded the story, including Alternate Timeline Hugo Awards — Pretty Terrible, The Stories That Should Have Been 2015 Hugo Nominees, With Links | Alas, a Blog, Annalee
@leeflower, and Hammard @hammard_1987, and all the readers and voters who loved the story.
“The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, fell six slots short of making the ballot for Best Novelette. Thank you to all the readers and voters who enjoyed it.
And thank you to all the readers and voters who nominated BCS again for Best Semiprozine. We are honored to be nominated for this highest of the awards in our field.
BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, is a finalist for the Parsec Awards!
The Parsec Awards are the highest awards in F/SF podcasting, founded in 2006 by pioneering podcasters including Mur Lafferty. The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast was a finalist in 2012 for Best Magazine podcast, and BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow, a special large-cast reading for our 100th episode, was a finalist in 2013 for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast.
BCS 133: No Sweeter Art is a great tale of unique magic, featuring animal figures glass-blown from candied caramel, and a hardscrabble character fighting assassins and his own nature. The text version was a finalist for the 2015 Aurora Awards. Congratulations to Tony and John!
“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.”
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:
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.
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) .
“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!
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!
Year-End Praise for BCSJanuary 13, 2015 - 08:16 amPosted 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:
“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:
“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!
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.