Awards and Accolades
2013 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
“On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir, a complex tale from BCS #131 that’s told through nested documents and reports, including text left in a character’s footprints after he sets metal type on the soles of his shoes, has been named by editor Rich Horton to The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014.
Congratulations! “On the Origin of Song” is a fascinating and unique read, by a talented new author.
Other BCS authors appearing in this Year’s Best SF&F: 2014 with stories from other magazines include Yoon Ha Lee (“The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS #91 and several others, including a forthcoming piece in BCS Science Fantasy Month 2 in March: “The Bonedrake’s Penance”) and Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118, and a new story “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” forthcoming in text and podcast this April).
Three BCS stories have been named to the forthcoming new anthology The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures!
This volume, like a previous Mammoth steampunk anthology (cover at right) is edited by Sean Wallace of Clarkesworld and The Dark. It also features several other BCS authors with stories from other magazines or original stories:
Multiple-time BCS author Ian McHugh’s story “Cold, Cold War,” from BCS #123, is a finalist for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Fiction.
Congratulations! The Aurealis Awards recognise the best Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror of the year. Past winners in the Best Fantasy Short Fiction category include Christopher Green’s story “Father’s Kill” from BCS #24 and podcast BCS 022, which won in 2009, in a tie with coincidentally another story by Ian McHugh!
Ian’s other BCS stories include “Red Dirt” in BCS #58 and “Songdogs” in BCS #27; great reads all.
Four stories from BCS made the 2013 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!
“Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” Tori Truslow’s richly layered novelette from BCS #113, also podcasted by a cast of guest narrators in Audio Fiction Podcast BCS 100, has been named one of four finalists for the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards, for Best Short Fiction of 2013.
Congratulations!! Past finalists in the Best Short Fiction category include China Mieville, previous and forthcoming BCS author Aliette de Bodard, Peter Watts, Ian McDonald, while this year’s finalists alongside Tori include Sofia Samatar. Worthy company indeed.
The winners will be announced at Satellite4 Eastercon convention in Glasgow on Sunday 20th April.
Over a dozen BCS stories from last year made the 2013 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:
“The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen” by Barbara A. Barnett (BCS #124, 6/27/13)
“Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes” by A.B. Treadwell (BCS #116, 3/7/13)
“Beheaded by Peasants” by James L. Sutter (BCS #114, 2/7/13)
“Two Captains” by Gemma Files (BCS #125, 7/11/13)
“Death Sent” by Christian K. Martinez (BCS #112, 1/10/13)
“The Coffinmaker’s Love” by Alberto Yáñez (BCS #131, 10/3/13)
“Now Ix, He Was a Lover” by Hannah Strom/Martin (BCS #130, 9/19/13)
“The Drowned Man” by Laura E. Price (BCS #120, 5/2/13)
“The Crimson Kestrel” by Leslianne Wilder (BCS #114, 2/7/13)
“Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood” by Adam Callaway (BCS #115, 2/21/13)
“A Sixpenny Crossing” by Don Allmon (BCS #123, 6/13/13)
“The Clockwork Trollop” by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald (BCS #120, 5/2/13)
“The Language of True Things” by Nick Scorza (BCS #115, 2/21/13)
“Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh (BCS #123, 6/13/13)
Congratulations, all! And thank you to Tangent Online for reviewing BCS.
“Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” Richard Parks’s Japanese-flavored ghost story from BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, has been named by editor Jonathan Strahan to The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 8.
Congratulations! “Cherry Blossoms” was one of the best-reviewed BCS stories of the 2013, earning praise from both Locus online and Locus paper edition.
Best SF&F of the Year 8, with that cool cover at left, is due from Solaris Books in April.
Locus online and their short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton singled out several BCS stories in her year-end review of short fiction from 2013:
“Two of my favorites were Richard Parks’ mythic journey into hell in “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” and Tori Truslow’s “Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” with its fantastic Venice-like setting and sex-shifting characters.
Also: “The Penitent” by M. Bennardo; “Two Captains” by Gemma Files.”
BCS World Fantasy Award Winner!November 04, 2013 - 10:03 amPosted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews
Congratulations to Gregory Norman Bossert and his story “The Telling,” from BCS #109, which last night won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for best Short Story!
“The Telling,” and its fellow World Fantasy Award nominee from BCS “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman, are the first BCS pieces to make finalist for a major award. They are great stories for the honor of a WFA nomination and also as examples of what BCS‘s fiction is all about: character-centered fantasy in awe-inspiring worlds, whether external or internal.
Congratulations to all the other winners and all the finalists who did not win, including “The Castle That Jack Built” and our Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Scott H. Andrews (me). We are honored to be in your company.