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BCS #236 – Theodoridou, Cataneo, Campbell Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #236 is out today, featuring two authors new to BCS with stories of home and its shifting situations.

Natalia Theodoridou offers “Every Black Tree,” a story of shifting experiences. Emily B. Cataneo offers “And the Village Breathes,” where a threat to home makes a protagonist question her mind.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 204: The Fall of the Mundaneum, the Rebecca Campbell story from BCS #235, our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, of an archivist at the dawn of a modern era, immersed in curiosities and left to ebb as a war approaches.

From the Archives with BCS #236 is “A Deeper Green” by Samantha Murray, from BCS #205, a story of home and a character caught between outside and domestic conflict not unlike “Every Black Tree” and “And the Village Breathes.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere:  Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #235, Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue – Parks, Hurley, Campbell, and More

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #235, our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

Richard Parks (a dozen previous stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63 and standalone pieces like “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) continues the new series he began in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 with “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” with the father-daughter ghost hunters and their new nonhuman companion encountering history and the supernatural.

Kameron Hurley (“The Judgment of Gods and Monsters” in BCS #200) returns to BCS with “The Fisherman and the Pig,” another tale of the aftereffects of war, this time on a single person.

Rebecca Campbell (“Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” in BCS #184 and podcast BCS 161) returns to BCS with “The Fall of the Mundaneum,” a likewise engagingly oddly voiced story, about history and isolation and an idiosyncratic archive. T.S. McAdams offers “Grassland,” a story of strange life and community in a strange prairie landscape.

The Hurley and Campbell stories will release on the website on Oct. 5, but the full issue is available now on ebook at Amazon and Weightless Books.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts, the Richard Parks story of the father-daughter ghost hunters encountering a strange new challenge. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 189: Out of the Woods by Marissa Lingen, BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn, and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the previous story in this series.

The From the Archives story with BCS #235 is “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, featuring family and past history not unlike “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.”  

Our anniversary one-day ebook sales ended on Wednesday, but our new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Eight, featuring Catherynne M. Valente, K.J. Parker, Mishell Baker, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Rose Lemberg, Jason Sanford, and more is available at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, and also Weightless Books (containing a 30% coupon for BCS subscriptions and issues).

In nine (!) years of BCS, we’ve published almost 500 stories and 240 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thank you for reading!


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BCS #234 – DeLuca, Broom, DeLuca Podcast

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BCS #234 is out today, featuring stories of characters traveling through wilderness in search of redemption.

Michael J. DeLuca (“The Nine-Tailed Cat” in BCS #70 and podcast BCS 062 and “Between Two Treasons” in BCS #23, among others) returns to BCS with “Dire Wolf,” which follows a hardscrabble character with baggage in pursuit of a terrible foe.

William Broom offers “Corpus Grace,” a story following two adversaries each in pursuit of spiritual truth.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 203: Dire Wolf, the Michael J. DeLuca story of tracking a wilderness foe. It’s guest-narrated by the author, who has narrated a number of past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, including BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves by Claire Humphrey, BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

From the Archives with BCS #234 is “Else This, Nothing Ever Grows” by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, from BCS #125, a story of questing through wilderness populated by the paranormal, with a feel not unlike “Dire Wolf.” 

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #233 – Lingen, Kassel, Wilde Audio Vault

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #233 is out today, featuring stories of justice and breaking from norms.

Marissa Lingen (“Out of the Woods” in BCS #218 and podcast BCS 189, “Out of the Rose Hills” in BCS #173, “Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among many others) returns to BCS with “Across Pack Ice, a Fire,” a story of seeking justice for another people and atonement for herself.

Mel Kassel offers “Gallows Girl,” in which a character questions her personal role in justice.

BCS #233 features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast: 027 Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud by Fran Wilde, the tale of an apprentice craftswoman and her father who must confront themselves in order to save their business and family. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the story’s and characters’ connection to the Bone universe world of the story and her novels Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon.

The From the Archives story with BCS #233 is “The Judge’s Right Hand,” by J.S. Bangs, from BCS #79 and podcast BCS 070, a tale of justice and clashing against norms, not unlike offers “Gallows Girl.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #232 – Marshall, Sriduangkaew, Hawksmoor Archives

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BCS #232 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists facing old foes.

Kate Marshall (“Stone Prayers” in BCS #177, and podcast: BCS 155) returns to BCS with “Red Bark and Ambergris,” a story of growing up in an olfactory-based magic system and facing a royal scheme for power.

Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” in BCS #178, “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” in BCS #144 and podcast BCS 124, among others) offers “No Pearls as Blue as These,” a story of an old foe coming home.

From the Archives with BCS #232 is “Y Brenin” by Cae  Hawksmoor, from BCS #167, which features old foes forced together.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, guest-narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #231 – Case, TeGrotenhuis, Beaulieu Archives, New Cover Art

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BCS #231 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists questing against oppressive forces.

Stephen Case (“The Aeroliths” in BCS #212, “The Wizard’s House” in BCS #166, among many others) returns to BCS and the world of “Read This Quickly, For You Will Only Have a Moment...” from BCS #81 with “Deathspeaker,” in which a scholar advising a new monarch against a terrifying threat must leave her and seek answers elsewhere.

Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis offers “The Broken Karwaneer,” a story of a fighter protagonist battling internal foes as she pursues external ones.

From the Archives with BCS #231 is “From the Spices of Sanandira” by Bradley P. Beaulieu, in BCS #70 and #71, a novelette that was the inspiration for his current hardcover novel series Song of Shattered Sands.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, guest-narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind new cover art for late summer in the Northern Hemisphere: “Bird House” by Jordan Grimmer.


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BCS #230 – Lemberg Pt. II, Payseur, Podcast

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BCS #230 is out today, featuring Pt. II of a unique novella, and a new story and guest-narrated podcast.

Rose Lemberg (“The Book of How to Live” in BCS #209, “Geometries of Belonging” in BCS #183, “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175, “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80) offers Pt. II of their novella “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power,” set in the same Birdverse world of their other BCS stories, concluded from Pt. I in BCS #229.

(A five-hour audio podcast version of the full novella is available as BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, guest-narrated by C.S.E. Cooney.)

Charles Payseur offers “Rivers Run Free,” a tale of anthropomorphic river beings struggling against authoritarian oppression.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 201: Rivers Run Free, the Charles Payseur story of fleeing authoritarianism, guest-narrated by David Thompson (“Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe” in BCS #191 and podcast BCS 165) of Podcastle.

From the Archives with BCS #230 is “Breathing Sunshine” by Garth Upshaw, from BCS #64 and podcast BCS 056, a tale of questing through harsh lands not unlike “Rivers Run Free.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.


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BCS #229 – Lemberg, McCombs, Five-Hour Lemberg Podcast

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #229 is out today, featuring an insightful story, a unique novella, and a five-hour podcast in celebration of the 200th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast!

Rose Lemberg (“The Book of How to Live” in BCS #209, “Geometries of Belonging” in BCS #183, “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175, “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80) returns to BCS with a full-length novella set in the same Birdverse world of their other BCS stories. “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, Pt. I” is in BCS #229, to be concluded by Pt. II in BCS #230 in two weeks. (Both parts/both issues are available now as ebooks.)

Theodore McCombs offers “Ora et Labora,” a tale of a young protagonist struggling with life in a monastery of magic and mathematics.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, a special five-hour reading of the entire Rose Lemberg novella. It’s guest narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

From the Archives with BCS #229 is “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, from BCS #113 and podcast BCS 100, a finalist for the Parsec Awards. It’s similarly lyrical and relationship-focused as “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.


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BCS #228 – Edelstein, Howe, Howe Podcast

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BCS #228 is out today, featuring stories of characters and the written word and its impact.

Jonathan Edelstein (“The Shark God’s Child” in BCS #222; “Abere and the Poisoner” in BCS #208 and podcast BCS 182) offers “Of Letters They Are Made,” the story of an archeo-linguist using tales and manuscripts and children’s insight to try to solve an ancient language and what it means for the present.

Justin Howe (“Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 076, “Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” in BCS #26 and podcast BCS 024, among others) offers “A Late Quintessence,” a return to the city setting of “Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” with a character caught between institutional directive and the power of the word.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 199: A Late Quintessence, the Justin Howe story, with its taut confrontation of institutional directive.

From the Archives with BCS #228 is “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir, from BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, a story of and about tales and manuscripts and institutional directive.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.


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