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BCS #223 – Vaughn, Dicken, Vaughn Podcast, Willrich Archives

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BCS #223 is out today, featuring stories of quests both external and internal.

Carrie Vaughn (“Sun, Stone, Spear” in BCS #169 and podcast BCS 146) returns to BCS with “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” the climax of a group quest where interpersonal conflict unearths secrets.

Evan Dicken (“The Uncarved Heart” in BCS #212 and podcast BCS 186) offers “When We Go,” a solo quest with eternal stakes and equally personal secrets.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 194: I Have Been Drowned in Rain, the Carrie Vaughn story of quest conflict. It’s guest-narrated by Setsu Uzume, who narrated BCS 180: The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles by Rachael K. Jones.

From the Archives with BCS #223 is “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #99 and podcast BCS 085, a tale of group quest and personal conflict not unlike “I Have Been Drowned in Rain.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS #222 – Edelstein, Halicks, Podcast, Barnett Archives

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BCS #222 is out today, featuring stories of family and strife.

Jonathan Edelstein (“Abere and the Poisoner” in BCS #208 and podcast BCS 182) returns to BCS with “The Shark God’s Child,” a time-spanning tale of family set in an archipelago of living islands. J.W. Halicks offers “Nightshade,” a tale of midnight stirrings and family passage.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 193: Nightshade, the J.W. Halicks story of midnight stirrings and family.

From the Archives with BCS #222 is “The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen” by Barbara A. Barnett,  from BCS #124 and podcast BCS 107, a tale of family and passage not unlike “Nightshade.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS #221 – Santos, Veter, Santos Podcast, Alexa Archives

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BCS #221 is out today, featuring stories with young protagonists facing the consequences of their decisions and a podcast that uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.

Rodello Santos (“To Slay with a Thousand Kisses” in BCS #36 and podcast BCS 032) returns to BCS with “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” a similarly pastoral tale that focuses on a young apprentice facing the consequences of her past (or future?) actions and deciding whether to change them.

J.S. Veter offers “Crescendo,” a story of children exploring ruins in a town ruled by colonial overlords and the tales of the past that these ruins whisper.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 192: In the Shade of the Pixie Tree, the Rodello Santos story of a young apprentice deciding whether to change her past actions. Like several other past episodes of the BCS Audio fiction podcast, such as BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell and BCS 050: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, it uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.

The From the Archives story with BCS #221 is “Over a Narrow Sea” by Camille Alexa, from BCS #60, a tale of young protagonists fleeing overlords and events, not unlike “Crescendo” or “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS #220 – Saab, Hunt, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Tina Connolly Giveaway

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BCS #220 is out, featuring stories about past war actions and their ramifications in the present, a guest-narrated podcast, new cover art, and a giveaway for a signed short fiction collection.

Sara Saab pens “Suddenwall,” a story of two veterans, pasts entwined, living in a city that extrudes the guilty.

Kurt Hunt offers “Ghosts of Amarana,” a tale of a veteran liberated from confinement physical and mental but facing new decisions with difficult echos of his past ones.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is  BCS 191: Suddenwall, the Sara Saab story of war veterans and their pasts. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts including BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard, and the Parsec Award finalist BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.

We’re also giving away a signed copy of Tina’s new short fiction collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, in this giveaway post here on the BCS website. Do you have a favorite BCS podcast episode that Tina narrated? Tell us, and you could win!

The From the Archives story with BCS #220 is “Murder Goes Hungry” by Margaret Ronald from BCS #182, a fantasy mystery involving war veterans who have healed somewhat and others who have not.

All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS #219 – Seybold, Sim, Killjoy Podcast

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BCS #219 is out today, featuring character-centered struggles from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated podcast.

Grace Seybold (“A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079; “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Gravity’s Exile,” a tale of a solo trek up a vertical world derailed by locals and invaders.

Jeremy Sim (“What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant” in BCS #206) offers “The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” where a character trying to overcome obsolete prospects must break free of entanglements from his past.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, from BCS #218. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 182: Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

The From the Archives story with BCS #219 is “Sinking Among Lilies” by Cory Skerry, from BCS #92, a story of a trek interrupted by locals and invaders, not unlike “Gravity’s Exile.”

All behind a new crop of our new cover art: “Source” by Florent Llamas.


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BCS #218 – Lingen, Killjoy, Lingen Podcast, Rambo Giveaway, New Cover Art

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BCS #218 is out today, featuring forest-setting tales from a returning BCS author and a new one, a guest-narrated podcast, and new cover art.

Marissa Lingen (“Out of the Rose Hills” in BCS #173, “Armistice Day” in BCS #117 and podcast BCS 101, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among others) returns to BCS with “Out of the Woods,” a tale of outlaws, resistance, and the decision of whether to take action.

Margaret Killjoy offers “Men of the Ashen Morrow,” another tale set in the forest and likewise featuring personal relationships and duty.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 189: Out of the Woods, the Marissa Lingen story of outlaws, relationships, and choices. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS podcasts including BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken and BCS 171: The Mountains His Crown by Sarah Pinsker.

We’re also giving away a copy of BCS author Cat Rambo’s new short fiction collection Neither Here Nor There on the BCS Twitter. Details are here.

The From the Archives story with BCS #218 is “Sightwolf” by Erin Hoffman from BCS #72, a story of decisions that take place in a forest setting, not unlike “Out of the Woods” and “Men of the Ashen Morrow.”

All behind new cover art befitting the nature setting of these stories: “Source” by Florent Llamas.


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BCS #217 – Pi, Hawksmoor, Castroianni Podcast

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BCS #217 is out today, featuring tales from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.

Tony Pi (“The Sweetest Skill” in BCS #197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155 and podcast BCS 133, among others) returns to BCS with “Proteus Lost,” a Renaissance-setting adventure-fantasy tale of puzzles and codices.

Cae Hawksmoor (“The Stone Garden” in BCS #196, “Y Brenin” in BCS #167) takes to ghost-filled skies in “Requiem for the Unchained.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is with BCS 188: Think Of Winter by Eleanna Castroianni, from BCS #216. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcasts 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.

The From the Archives story with BCS #217 is “The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, from BCS #84, a tale of Renaissance-setting intrigue and mystery not unlike “Proteus Lost.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.


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BCS #216 – Humphrey, Castroianni, Humphrey Podcast

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BCS #216 is out today, featuring shifting-memory tales from a returning BCS author and a new one, and a new, guest-narrated episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.

Claire Humphrey (“Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines” in BCS #135) returns to BCS with “Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves,” a story of odd magic and odd family dynamic.

Eleanna Castroianni offers “Think Of Winter,” a tale of odd dynamic between a family survivor and the outsider that comes calling.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves, the Claire Humphrey story. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has read past BCS podcasts including BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

The From the Archives story with BCS #216 is “Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #116 and podcast BCS 099, a tale of family dynamic perturbed by the arrival of an outsider.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.


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BCS #215 – Lewis, Kurella, Cashier Archives

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BCS #215 is out today, featuring Weird Western-ish stories from two authors new to BCS and one From the Archives.

Linden A. Lewis offers “Where She Went,” a science-fantastical Weird West-ish story of a grandfather struggling through harpies to seek his granddaughter.

Jordan Kurella offers “The True and Otherworldly Origins of the Name ‘Calamity Jane’,” a Weird Western with past guilt and fairies.

The From the Archives story with BCS #215 is “Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier, from BCS #172, our Special Weird Western Issue, and podcast BCS 149, a Weird West of family, monsters, and family monsters. All behind new cover art for the end-year season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including one named a finalist for the 2016 Parsec Awards–BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher–and others by Gregory Norman Bossert, Marie Brennan, Rachael K. Jones, and more.


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