Awards and Accolades
Four-Time Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
Two BCS stories from 2015 were named to the long list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, an award named after the legendary author and encouraging the exploration & expansion of gender.
BCS authors with work from other magazines named to the Tiptree Long List include Genevieve Valentine (“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere” in BCS #78, among others) and Yoon Ha Lee (“Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151, among many others; most recently “Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS #194 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168).
“Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer, from BCS #180, won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella of 2015!
Congratulations! The Aurealis Awards recognise the best Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror of the year.
“Defy the Grey Kings” is the second BCS story to win an Aurealis Award; “Father’s Kill” by Christopher Green, from BCS #24 and podcast BCS 022, won Best Fantasy Short Story in 2009. Multiple-time BCS author Ian McHugh has had several pieces named finalist, including “Cold, Cold War” from BCS #123.
“Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer, from BCS #180, is a finalist for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.
Congratulations! The Aurealis Awards recognise the best Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror of the year. Past BCS stories so honored include Christopher Green’s story “Father’s Kill” from BCS #24 and podcast BCS 022, which won Best Fantasy Short Story in 2009, and “Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh from BCS #123, a finalist for Best Fantasy Short Story in 2014.
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, from BCS #175, a tale set in her enveloping and socially complex Birdverse world, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Novelette.
Congratulations! “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” is a great story of character-centered, secondary-world fantasy; characters moving through a world very different than our own yet in ways that are very human.
Rose’s novelettes set in this Bridverse world have appeared two other times in BCS, including “Geometries of Belonging” in BCS #183, our Seventh Anniversary Double-Issue, and “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80.
Other Nebula finalists for work in other venues include multiple BCS authors:
Along with Tina Connolly (“One Ear Back” in BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, among several others) and Fran Wilde named finalists for the Andre Norton Award for YA SF/F.
Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!
Several BCS stories from 2015 made the 2015 Recommended Reading List at Tangent Online, the long-running review site.
Including short stories and novelettes from the array of tiers on their list, the BCS pieces so honored are:
Congratulations, all! And thank you to Tangent Online for reviewing BCS.
Two BCS stories have been selected for The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton:
And, in BCS Authors Elsewhere news, this anthology also features other stories by several BCS authors:
- Chaz Brenchley (“In Skander, for a Boy,” forthcoming early in 2016)
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.”