Awards and Accolades
Four-Time Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
Two novelettes from BCS have been named finalists for the Nebula Awards!
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, from BCS #195 in Science-Fantasy Month 3, and “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, in BCS #214.
Congratulations, Jason and Bonnie! “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” is a story of family, duty, and loss, both personal and world, in a cool science-fantasy setting with technology and magic. “The Orangery” uses a more mythic conceit to examine duty, relationship dynamics, and loss.
Both great novelettes, and indicative of the breadth you’ll find in BCS: anything from science-fantasy to epic fantasy to steampunk, historical paranormal, Weird West, and unique mythic secondary worlds, all with a focus on the characters.
Several works from BCS made the 2016 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, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Rachel Swirsky, and many others.
The BCS pieces named to the list:
“A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year and Year’s Best SF 34)
“Shadows Weave” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year)
“Told by an Idiot,” K.J. Parker (also named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List)
These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other magazines and anthologies. Congratulations, all!
A number of BCS stories from 2016 have been honored with selection for the top year’s-best anthologies in F/SF short fiction!
In Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017,
In Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11,
And in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, the longest-running and most venerable of the year’s bests,
Congratulations, all! Especially Seth and Aliette, for their stories being selected twice!
Several dozen BCS stories from 2016 made the 2016 Recommended Reading List at Tangent Online, the long-running F/SF short fiction review site: thirty-two BCS stories and novelettes total, over the array of tiers on their list.
At the list’s initial tier, the BCS pieces so honored are:
At the one-star tier:
At the two-star tier:
At the three-star tier:
BCS won the 2016 British Fantasy Award for Best magazine/ periodical!
Thank you! The BFAs are presented annually by the British Fantasy Society; finalists are voted by BFS members and attendees of FantasyCon, and winners named by a jury. The announcement and presentation were made at FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on the North Sea coast.
Past winners for Best magazine/ periodical include Clarkesworld; great company for BCS to be in. Thank you for this recognition!
Two BCS stories were named to the list of Notable Stories for the second volume the new anthology series Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy!
- “Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn, from BCS #169 and podcast BCS 146 (also to appear in the new Best of BCS Year Seven anthology, out next month!)
- “Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza, from BCS #168
The list of Notable Stories also features many BCS authors for their stories in other venues, including KameronHurley, Rahul Kanakia, Rich Larson, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker, E. Catherine Tobler, Rachel Swirsky, Caroline M. Yoachim, Genevieve Valentine, Catherynne M. Valente, and Yoon Ha Lee.
This year’s volume of BASFF was edited by Karen Joy Fowler, and the series is edited by John Joseph Adams. Last year, “The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram, from BCS #150 and podcast BCS 130 was named to the Notable Stories list.
BCS #206 is out today, featuring two authors new to BCS.
Claude Lalumière visits an alternate North America and French Canada in “The Patchwork Procedure,” a high-flying espionage caper with a protagonist facing a dilemma of loyalty.
Jeremy Sim follows children escaping military oppression in “What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant,” a tale featuring confrontations of will via a board game.
The From the Archives story with BCS #206 is “The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, from BCS #84, a spy caper not unlike “The Patchwork Procedure” but set in an alternate Renaissance Genoa.
All behind a new crop of our summer cover art, “Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty:
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year and from 2015, including two recently named finalists for the 2016 Parsec Awards, F/SF highest awards for podcasting: BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher.
Two episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast are finalists for the 2016 Parsec Awards!
BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, is a finalist for Best Short Story–Small Cast. It is a sequel to BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, likewise narrated by John Meagher, which was a Parsec finalist last year.
BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring Michael J. DeLuca, Tina Connolly, and Bill Powell, is a finalist for Best Short Story: Large Cast.
The Parsec Awards are the highest awards in F/SF podcasting. 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.
BCS is a finalist in the 2016 British Fantasy Awards!
For Best magazine/ periodical. The BFAs are presented annually by the British Fantasy Society; finalists voted by BFS members and attendees of FantasyCon, and winners named by a jury.
Past winners include Clarkesworld and current finalists include Strange Horizons; great company to be in. Thank you for this recognition!