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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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BCS #227 – Wallis, Jamieson-Lucy, Guest-Narrated Podcast, New Cover Art

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BCS #227 is out, featuring stories of characters fighting to live their lives under oppressive societal conditions.

Wren Wallis (“The Red Cord” in BCS #82) returns to BCS with “After Burning,” a story of a character caught between war, its cost, and its adherents. Allison Jamieson-Lucy offers “Two Bodies in Basting Stitch,” with a character caught between her society and her love.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch, the Allison Jamieson-Lucy story. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #227 is “Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall, from BCS#177 and podcast BCS 155, a story of a character fighting war and its adherents, not unlike “After Burning.” 

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


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BCS #226 – Parks, Row, Parks Podcast, Ahmed Archives

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BCS #226 is out, featuring stories of questing and relationships.

Richard Parks (a dozen stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Sorrow of Rain” in BCS #157 and “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63, plus standalone pieces like “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131 and “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) begins a new series in BCS with “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” following a daughter-and-father team of monster hunters in an ancient China setting.

Ryan Row offers “A Place to Grow,” the first-ever BCS piece written in second-person point of view, a story likewise of relationships and a quest, although from another facet of the quest.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the Richard Parks story of the daughter-and-father monster hunters. 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 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken, and BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn.

From the Archives with BCS #226 is “Where Virtue Lives” by Slaadin Ahmed, from BCS #15, an origin story of a team of intergenerational monster hunters and the relationship between them, not unlike “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.” 

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All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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BCS #225 – Yoachim, Greenblatt, Yoachim Podcast

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BCS #225 is out today, featuring stories of family and home, set in worlds slightly different than BCS has ever published before.

Caroline M. Yoachim (“Seasons Set in Skin” in BCS #177 and podcast BCS 156, “The Land of Empty Shells” in BCS #20) returns to BCS with “Carnival Nine,” a story of family and parenthood and days spent.

A.T. Greenblatt (“They Said the Desert” in BCS #199 and podcast BCS 175) offers “A Place to Grow,” a story likewise of family and of home.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 196: Carnival Nine, the Caroline M. Yoachim story of childhood and parenthood. It’s guest-narrated by Tiny Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab, BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard.

From the Archives with BCS #225 is “A Spoonful of Salt” by Nicole M. Taylor, from BCS #79, our Third Anniversary Double-Issue, another tale of family and generations and days spent.

All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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BCS #224 – Pi, Dollarhyde, Pi Podcast, Parks Archives, New Cover Art

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BCS #224 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists bargaining and earning the cost.

Tony Pi (“Proteus Lost” in BCS#217, “The Sweetest Skill” in BCS#197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS#155, and podcast BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, among several others) returns to BCS with a new tale of Candyman Ao: “That Lingering Sweetness,” in which Ao, having lost his powers, must dispel competing gods’ curses.

Kate Dollarhyde offers “A Marvelous Deal,” a tale of a hardscrabble character fighting to survive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 195: That Lingering Sweetness, the Tony Pi story of Candyman Ao treating with zodiac gods. It’s guest-narrated by John Meagher, who narrated Tony’s previous BCS stories of Candyman Ao, BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, both finalists for the Parsec Awards.

From the Archives with BCS #224 is “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” by Richard Parks, from BCS #100, a tale of a protagonist swept up in mysterious magical events.

All behind a New Cover Art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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