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BCS Stories in the Locus Reader Poll

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

Locus magazine, the top review source in the F/SF/H field, is holding their annual reader poll and survey.

The poll includes all the BCS stories and novelettes that made Locus‘s 2016 Recommended Reading List, including ones by Aliette de Bodard, K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, plus many more by BCS authors and others. You can write-in your own favorites too, when they’re not listed.

The poll also includes novels, with categories for F, SF, and H, and anthologies, non-fiction, art book and artist, best editor, and best magazine. The top five vote-getters in each category are lauded as finalists, and the winner receives a Locus Award.

Anyone can vote; you do not have to be a Locus subscriber, although if you are, they count your vote double. There are also a bunch of data collection survey questions that you can answer or ignore as you prefer.

The poll closes Apr. 15, so if you’d like to make your voice heard, on their choices or your own write-ins, fill out the poll today.


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2017 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible.

How to Become Eligible to Nominate
To be eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to the 2017 Worldcon, Worldcon 75, in Helsinki, Finland or the 2018 Worldcon in San José as of January 31, 2017, or have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, MidAmericon II in Kansas City.

How to Nominate:
This year for submitting nominations online, members are being sent a voting link via email, which is customized to their membership. (Unlike past years, it is not a PIN or password system.) Update: the con has posted a PDF ballot for paper mailing. For more information, see Worldcon 75’s Hugos page and the official Hugo site.

Also, this year the way nominations will be tallied is different. A summary of those changes is here.

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:59 am EDT, 06:59 GMT, 0:859 in Finland, on March 18).

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2016, which is BCS #190 through BCS #215, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2016 and which category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for Best Semiprozine.

Best Short Story:

A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (Locus Recommended Reading List) (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year) (selected for Year’s Best SF 34)

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Wind Shall Blow” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Novelette:

The Book of How to Live” by Rose Lemberg (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F)

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (Locus Recommended Reading List) (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in.

For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Best Short Story:

Where She Went” by Linden A. Lewis (selected for the 2016 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The True and Otherworldly Origins of the Name ‘Calamity Jane’” by Jordan Kurella (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Jeweled Nawab Jungle Retreat” by Priya Sridhar (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Masks of the Mud God” by Greg Kurzawa

 

The Marvelous Inventions of Mr. Tock” by Daniel Baker

The Uncarved Heart” by Evan Dicken

The Garden of Ending” by K.J. Kabza

Dearly Departed” by Kelly Stewart

 

A Cup of Comfort” by Stephanie Burgis

The Wind Shall Blow” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Teeth, Tapestries” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Abere and the Poisoner” by Jonathan Edelstein

 

To Rise No More” by Marie Brennan (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Patchwork Procedure” by Claude Lalumière (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant” by Jeremy Sim

Ebb Stung By the Flow” by E. Catherine Tobler

 

Under She Who Devours Suns” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Mortal Eyes” by Ann Chatham (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows” by Luke Nolby (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Blood Reckonings” by Alec Austin (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Shadow’s Weave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Locus Recommended Reading List)

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

They Said the Desert” by A.T. Greenblatt (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Whale-Oil” by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

The Sweetest Skill” by Tony Pi (Parsec Award finalist)

Rabbit Grass” by Kelly Stewart (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sea of Dreams” by Alter S. Reiss (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Stone Garden” by Cae Hawksmoor

A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year) (selected for Year’s Best SF 34)

The Mountains His Crown” by Sarah Pinsker (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” by Cat Rambo (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Right Bright Courier” by Anaea Lay (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

And the Blessing of the Angels Came Upon Them” by Dean Wells (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Salt Circles” by Andrew F. Sullivan

The Three Dancers of Gizari” by Tamara Vardomskaya (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley (selected for Year’s Best SF&F)

Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe” by D.K. Thompson

The Mama Mmiri” by Walter Dinjos

Best Novelette:

The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Aeroliths” by Stephen Case

A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill

The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” by A.M. Dellamonica (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Book of How to Live” by Rose Lemberg (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

A Courtship of Beasts” by Michael Anthony Ashley (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

George & Frank Tarr, Boy Avencherers, in ‘Beeyon the Shours We Knowe!!!!’” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Salt and Sorcery” by Raphael Ordoñez

 

A Deeper Green” by Samantha Murray (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Fire in the Haze” by Mishell Baker

Nothing But the Sky” by Gwendolyn Clare (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente

 

Cloud Dweller” by E. Catherine Tobler

‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’” by Thomas M. Waldroon

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F)

 

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (Locus Recommended Reading List) (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

Told By An Idiot” by K.J. Parker (Locus Recommended Reading List) (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Longsleeves” by Mike Allen

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close Jun. 15

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards are open! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past three years, BCS has been a finalist for five WFAs and won the 2013 WFA for Short Fiction.

For readers interested in nominating, here are details on how to do it, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2015, Saratoga Springs, NY) or the year before (2014, Washington DC), or are a member this year (2016, Columbus, OH), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes June 15, 2016.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2016 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

(The PDF says the deadline is May 31, but the WFC admins on Facebook and the email ballot say June 15.)

Also, an email ballot was emailed directly to attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions. Those ballots can be submitted by paper mail or by email reply, to rturner@arctera.com.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2015 and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for considering our stories!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

This is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in.

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

 

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

 

Novella:

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

 

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Thank you for considering our stories.


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2016 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in making nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible if you’d like to consider us and our stories.

How to Become Eligible to Nominate
To become eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon, in Kansas City) or the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland as of January 31, 2016, or you must have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, Sasquan.

How to Nominate:
MidAmericon II’s webpage on the Hugos has an online nomination form. (You will need your con membership info.)

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by March 31 2016, 11.59 pm PDT.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2015 and which category they fit in (short fiction categories for Hugos and Nebulas are the same). For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo.

Best Short Story:

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Best Novelette:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

For information on Hugo nominating, see the webpage that MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon) has about the Hugos. For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

 

Best Novelette:

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

 

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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2015 Awards-Eligible Stories from BCS

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

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s awards, such as the Hugos or the Nebulas, here’s a list of our eligible stories and which awards category they fit in.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2015 and which category they fit in (short fiction categories for Hugos and Nebulas are the same). For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo.

Best Short Story:

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Best Novelette:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

For information on Hugo nominating, see the webpage that MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon) has about the Hugos. For information on Nebula nominating, see SFWA’s page about Nebula voting. For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

 

Best Novelette:

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

 

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the World Fantasy Awards are open! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past two years, BCS has been a finalist for four WFAs, two in short fiction and two for Special Award – Non-Professional, and won the 2013 WFA for for Short Fiction.

For any BCS readers interested in nominating, here are details on how you can nominate, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2014, Washington DC) or in 2013 (Brighton, UK), or are a member this year (2015, Saratoga Springs, NY), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes on May 31, 2015.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2015 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find the ballot in several different file formats, including PDF and DOC.  Unlike two years ago, it looks like there is no online nomination form. But as in past years, in addition to snail-mailing paper ballots, nominations may be submitted by email, to rturner@arctera.com.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2014, which is BCS #138 through BCS #163, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2014, and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks (named to the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (voted a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker (named to the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert (whose previous BCS story “The Telling” won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ other stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for your interest in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in. Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

 

Alloy Point” by Sam J. Miller

Until The Moss Has Reached Our Lips” by Matt Jones

A House of Gold and Steel” by Marissa Lingen

Goatskin” by K.C. Norton

 

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

 

The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard

Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss

The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust” by Peter Darbyshire

 

Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land” by Michael Haynes

The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde

What Needs to Burn” by Sylvia Anna Hiven

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

 

The Manor of Lost Time” by Richard Parks (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram

Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” by Vylar Kaftan

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater

 

The Use and the Need” by M. Bennardo

Celestial Venom” by Garnett Elliot

We, As One, Trailing Embers” by E. Catherine Tobler

Here Be Monsters” by Carrie Patel

 

The Lighthouse Keepers” by Nicole M. Taylor

At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (finalist for the Nebula Award)

 

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham

Atonement” by Alec Austin

Evensong, Having Been Answered” by Dean Wells

 

Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart

Our Fire, Given Freely” by Seth Dickinson

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

 

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Seeing” by Stephen V. Ramey

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Novella (longer than 10,000 words):

 

Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Written on the Hides of Foxes” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Goddess Deception” by Dean Wells

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Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in making nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible.

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

How to Become Eligible to Nominate

To become eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) or MidAmericon 2 (the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City) as of January 31, 2015, or you must have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, Loncon 3.

How to Nominate:

Sasquan’s webpage on the Hugos has an online nomination form. (You will need your con membership info.)

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by Tuesday 10 March 2015, 11.59 pm PDT.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2014, which is BCS #138 through BCS #163, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2014, and which Hugo category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post. BCS itself is eligible for the Best SemiProZine Hugo, where we were a finalist the past two years.

Best Short Story:

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall 

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson 

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Novelette:

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

For more information on Hugo nomination process and how to nominate, see Sasquan’s Hugo Instructions.

 

All Hugo-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the Hugo Awards, and what official Hugo category they are in.

If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, check out our authors’ other stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Best Short Story:

Alloy Point” by Sam J. Miller

Until The Moss Has Reached Our Lips” by Matt Jones

A House of Gold and Steel” by Marissa Lingen

Goatskin” by K.C. Norton

 

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

 

The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard

Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss

The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust” by Peter Darbyshire

 

Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land” by Michael Haynes

The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde

What Needs to Burn” by Sylvia Anna Hiven

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

 

The Manor of Lost Time” by Richard Parks

The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram

Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” by Vylar Kaftan

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater

 

The Use and the Need” by M. Bennardo

Celestial Venom” by Garnett Elliot

We, As One, Trailing Embers” by E. Catherine Tobler

Here Be Monsters” by Carrie Patel

 

The Lighthouse Keepers” by Nicole M. Taylor

At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham

Atonement” by Alec Austin

Evensong, Having Been Answered” by Dean Wells

Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee

Best Novelette:

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

 

Written on the Hides of Foxes” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Seeing” by Stephen V. Ramey

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo

 

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart

Our Fire, Given Freely” by Seth Dickinson

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane 

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Best Novella:

The Goddess Deception” by Dean Wells

 

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close in May

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2013 World Fantasy Awards close soon! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen not by the judges but by reader nominations. Last year, BCS was a finalist for three WFAs, two for Short Story and one for Special Award Non-Professional for our editor, and won for Short Story.

For any BCS readers interested in nominating , here are details on how you can nominate and links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year.

Nominations close on May 31, so plan to do it soon.

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2013, Brighton) or in 2012 (Toronto), or are a member this year (2014, Washington DC), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes on May 31, 2014.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2014 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find the ballot, as a PDF.  Unlike last year, it looks like there is no online nomination form. But as in past years, nominations may also be emailed to rturner@arctera.com.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2013, which is BCS #112 through BCS #137, inclusive.

Here are links to a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2012, including which WFA category they fit in (Short Story or Novella–the categories are different than for Hugos or Nebulas). For a list of all eligible BCS stories, click “Show hidden text” at the bottom of this post.

Short Story:

Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” by Tori Truslow (finalist for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction of 2013)

Misbegotten,” by Raphael Ordoñez (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” by Richard Parks (Locus Recommended Reading List and Best SF&F of the Year 8)

On the Origin of Song,” by Naim Kabir (Locus Recommended Reading List and Year’s Best SF&F 2014)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, check out our authors’ other stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for your interest in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards. Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

 

Short Story:

 

Stitched Wings,” by Beth Cato

Whistler’s Grove,” by A.E. Decker

Kurtana,” by Christian K. Martinez

Walking Still,” by C.T. Hutt

 

Moreau’s Daughter,” by Holly Messinger

Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines,” by Claire Humphrey

A Death for the Ageless,” by Margaret Ronald

Forsaken Beneath the Stars,” by Jason S. Ridler

 

Pheth’s Aviary,” by Matthew Kressel

Not the Worst of Sins,” by Alan Baxter

A Feast for Dust,” by Gemma Files

The Adventure of the Pyramid of Bacconyus,” by Caleb Wilson

 

Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” by Richard Parks (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper,” by Adam Callaway

Blow ‘Em Down,” by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

On the Origin of Song,” by Naim Kabir (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

The Black Veil,” by M. Bennardo

The Goblin King’s Concubine,” by Raphael Ordoñez

Ill-Met at Midnight,” by David Tallerman

The Study of Monstrosities,” by Greg Kurzawa

 

The Crooked Mile,” by Dan Rabarts

Artificial Nocturne,” by E. Catherine Tobler

Last Rites for a Vagabond,” by Justin Howe

Gods of the Lower Case: a new tale of the Antique Lands,” by Noreen Doyle

 

The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen,” by Barbara A. Barnett

Cold, Cold War,” by Ian McHugh

A Sixpenny Crossing,” by Don Allmon

The Penitent,” by M. Bennardo (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones,” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Our Dead Selves Lie Like Footsteps in Our Wake,” by Jeff Isacksen

The Clockwork Trollop,” by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

The Barber and the Count,” by Michael Haynes

 

The Mermaid Caper,” by Rich Larson

Blood, Stone, Water,” by A.J. Fitzwater

Armistice Day,” by Marissa Lingen

Blood Remembers,” by Alec Austin

 

A Family for Drakes,” by Margaret Ronald

Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes,” by A.B. Treadwell

Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood,” by Adam Callaway

The Crimson Kestrel,” by Leslianne Wilder

 

Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” by Tori Truslow (finalist for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction of 2013)

Misbegotten,” by Raphael Ordoñez (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Death Sent,” by Christian K. Martinez

The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate,” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

The Language of True Things,” by Nick Scorza

Beheaded by Peasants,” by James L. Sutter

The Coffinmaker’s Love,” by Alberto Yáñez

Now Ix, He Was a Lover,” by Hannah Strom-Martin

 

On the Weaponization of Flora and Fauna,” by Alec Austin & Marissa Lingen

The Clay Farima,” by Henry Szabranski

Two Captains,” by Gemma Files

The Drowned Man,” by Laura E. Price

The Stone Oaks,” by Stephen Case

 

Novella:

 

Else This, Nothing Ever Grows,” by Sylvia Linsteadt

Dreams of Peace,” by Dana Beehr

 

Thanks very much for considering our stories!


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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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