Awards and Accolades
2013, 2014 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
“The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard a Finalist for the Nebula Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

“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!

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BCS Stories on Locus 2014 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

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!

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Year-End Praise for BCS

Posted 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:

Short Stories:

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:

Short Stories:

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!

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BCS & Authors World Fantasy Award Finalists

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

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.

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BCS Honorable Mentions in Dozois’s Year’s Best SF 31

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 31, the latest volume in that long-running and prestigious annual anthology series, again this year included fantasy stories in its  honorable mentions.

The BCS stories singled out were:

Other BCS authors mentioned in his preface comments about BCS included Richard Parks, Gemma Files, and Marissa Lingen.

Congratulations, all! And thank you again to Mr. Dozois for including fantasy in his honorable mentions, in the years since the discontinuation of the major year’s best fantasy anthology, so that worthy fantasy stories can get such notice.

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BCS Authors Elsewhere: Dan Rabarts Wins Vogel Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Vogel2BCS author (and podcast narrator) Dan Rabarts (“The Crooked Mile” in BCS #127) has won a Sir Julius Vogel Award in the category of Best New Talent.

The Vogel Awards are New Zealand’s fan-voted F/SF awards, named after a former Prime Minister who wrote perhaps the first SF novel set in New Zealand. Their spiffy trophies, at right, are made with the generous support of Weta Workshop.

Congratulations to Dan! Check out “The Crooked Mile” in BCS #127, and also the BCS podcast that Dan narrated, BCS 111: The Goblin King’s Concubine by Raphael Ordoñez.

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“Not the Worst of Sins” a Finalist for Ditmar Awards

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Not the Worst of Sins,” Alan Baxter’s rich-voiced Weird West story from BCS #133, has been named a finalist for the Ditmar Awards, Australia’s fan-voted SF awards, for Best Short Story of 2013.

Congratulations!! The awards will be given at the 2014 Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 10 in Melbourne, 6th to 9th of June.

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BCS a 2014 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees were announced over the weekend, and BCS is a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist again this year, 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 Assistant Editor Emeritus Kate Marshall, Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, and of course every one of our readers and fans.

Congratulations also to the BCS authors who had other work named finalists:

  • Rachel Swirsky (“Great, Golden Wings” in BCS #28), in Best Short Story for “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”

And congratulations to all the other finalists in Best Semiprozine: Apex, Interzone, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons.Those four magazines show up often in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts of our author’s stories appearing in other magazines. It is a great age to be a F/SF short fiction reader, with such a panoply of vivid and diverse magazines, all with their own unique voice.

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2014 Locus Reader Poll Closes Soon

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Voting in the 2014 Locus Reader Poll closes next week!

Anyone can vote–you don’t have to be a subscriber to Locus. Works from Locus‘s Recommended Reading List are listed in the poll, but you can also write-in anything you find worthy.

BCS had four stories make Locus‘s Recommended Reading List for 2013. Those stories are listed in the Reader Poll“The Penitent” by M. Bennardo; “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir; “Misbegotten” by Raphael Ordoñez; “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” by Richard Parks.

You can also write-in other works, from BCS or any other magazine. Here are some of the best-reviewed BCS stories from 2013, and which category they fit in (short story, novelette, etc). One to consider writing-in is “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, in the novelette category; it is a finalist for the British SF Association Awards.

BCS itself is also listed for Best Magazine or Fanzine.

The poll covers a lot more than just short fiction–also novels, first novels, artists, and more. Check out the poll listings and show your support for the authors and works that moved you in 2013.

The deadline is Apr. 15–Tuesday.  So plan to cast your vote before then!

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