Awards and Accolades
Four-Time Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
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!
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.