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BCS #249 – Kanakia, Rixon, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Cahill Archives

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BCS #249 is out today!

Rahul Kanakia (“The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” in BCS #141) returns to BCS with “Weft,” a story of an odd and intense protagonist fired by drive, and Joanne Rixon offers “Fireskin,” a story likewise of fire and drive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 215: Weft, the Rahul Kanakia story, guest-narrated by David D. Levine.

From the Archives with BCS #249 is “A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill from in BCS #210, a story likewise of intense drive.


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BCS #248 – Khaw, Fray, Khaw Podcast

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BCS #248 is out today!

Cassandra Khaw offers “She Who Hungers, She Who Waits,” a story of drive, and Talisen Fray offers “Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land,” a story likewise of drive .

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 214: She Who Hungers, She Who Waits, the Cassandra Khaw story, guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 212: Gennesaret by Phoenix Alexander from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

From the Archives with BCS #248 is “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #174 and podcast BCS 151.


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BCS #247 – Carroll, Alden, Alden Podcast, New Cover Art

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BCS #247 is out, featuring stories of remembrance through different aspects of culture.

Siobhan Carroll (“The Year of Silent Birds” in BCS #138, “In the Gardens of the Night” in BCS #74) returns to BCS with “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” a story of the course of a war and its participants and remembrance via cuisine.

J.W. Alden offers “Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” where the remembrance takes the form of faith and kindness.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 213: Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane, the Alden story of kindness and faith and the hope that they can conquer a small part of the war.

From the Archives with BCS #247 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story similarly of remembrance and culture via a vivid fantasy cuisine and the people who craft it.

All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Island Outpost” by Stephan Meisl, the artist of “Ruins,” our cover art from winter 2012.


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BCS #246, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Pinsker, Sanford, Alexander, Alexander Podcast

Posted in: New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #246 is out, the third special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4. So much science-fantasy that Science-Fantasy Month is six weeks long!

Sarah Pinsker (“The Mountains His Crown” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 171) returns to BCS with “Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” a story of duty and sibling rivalry among famine.

Jason Sanford (“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3) offers “The Emotionless, in Love,” a stand-alone sequel to “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” focused on one of its ancillary characters, taken in by a band of survivors, who struggles with the strange powerful being he encounters and his own inner wounds.

Phoenix Alexander offers “Gennesaret,” a tale of flight, determination, and principle.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast with BCS #246 is BCS 212: Gennesaret, the Phoenix Alexander story of flight. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #246 is “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #90 Science-Fantasy Month 1 and podcast BCS 077, a tale of struggling with present and past wounds but with a different tone than “The Emotionless, in Love.”

All behind a new, final crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.


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BCS #245, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Larson, Held, Fowler, Pearce

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BCS #245 is out, a second special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4!

Rich Larson (“The Delusive Cartographer” in BCS #187, “The King in the Cathedral” in BCS #166 and podcast BCS 144, “The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119) returns to BCS with “Penitents,” a story of battling compulsion from an immense alien presence.

R.Z. Held offers “Red Dreams,” where a character and her mission partner must survive a post-apocalyptic woodland and her own deadly magic.

Milo James Fowler offers “The Last Human Child,” another tale of post-apocalyptic survival, and Josh PearceSuch Were the Faces of the Living Creatures,” a strange vision of a post-apocalyptic world and its people.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #245 is BCS 211: Penitents, the Rich Larson story of compulsion from an alien presence. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts, including the science-fantasy stories BCS 122: The River Does Not Run by Rachel Sobel in BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #195 – Science-Fantasy Month 3, March

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #245 is “Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, from BCS #27; not in from of our Science-Fantasy Months but still with a post-apocalyptic feel not unlike “Red Dreams” or “The Last Human Child” or “Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures.”

All behind a new crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will continue for four more weeks, with a third issue (so much science-fantasy that BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will last a month and a half!), including stories by Jason Sanford and Sarah Pinsker!


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BCS #244, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Lee, Broaddus, Kinney

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BCS #244 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4!

Yoon Ha Lee (“Shadow’s Weave” in BCS #200 and podcast BCS 177, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151, “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” in BCS #27 & podcast BCS 025, among many others) returns to BCS with “The Starship and the Temple Cat,” a story of two disparate survivors of war.

(Yoon’s science-fantasy stories have appeared in BCS before: “Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168, “The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 in 2014, and “The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month in 2012.)

Maurice Broaddus offers “El is a Spaceship Melody,” a story of duty and starship and music, and Benjamin C. Kinney offers “Where the Anchor Lies,” a tale of unique attachment between officer and ship.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #244 is BCS 210: The Starship and the Temple Cat, the Yoon Ha Lee story of survivors of war. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes, including BCS 168: Foxfire, Fofxire, Yoon Ha Lee’s Locus Award-finalist story from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #244 is “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121, a story of motherhood and yearning and starships.

All behind special science-fantasy cover art: “Uggby Florent Llamas.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will continue for the next six weeks, with two more issues (so much science-fantasy that BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will last a month and a half!), including stories by Rich Larson, Jason Sanford, and Sarah Pinsker!


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BCS #243 – Harris, Dinjos, Dinjos Podcast

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BCS #243 is out today, featuring stories of featuring stories of remembrance and its reach into the present.

Nin Harris offers “Benefactors of Silence,” a tale of music and the connections of a war survivor to the other side.

Walter Dinjos (“The Mama Mmiri” in BCS #190 and podcast BCS 164) returns to BCS with “Nneamaka’s Ghost,” in which a young man faces an insistent obligation.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 209: Benefactors of Silence, the Nin Harris tale of music and a war survivor facing her her identity and role.

From the Archives with BCS #243 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story of a survivor of war not unlike “Benefactors of Silence,” but focused on the art of food rather than the art of music.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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BCS #242 – Vardomskaya, Strom-Martin, Guest-Narrated Podcast

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BCS #242 is out today, featuring stories of music and its impact on people and societies.

Tamara Vardomskaya (“The Three Dancers of Gizari” in BCS #192 & podcast BCS 166, The Guardian’s Head” in BCS #186, “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” in BCS #164 & podcast BCS 143) returns to BCS with “Suite for Accompanied Cello,” a tale of a woman caught between past glories and current burdens.

Hannah Strom-Martin (“The Burned Man” in BCS #159, “Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “An Aria for the Bloodlords,” in which a maestro faces revolutionaries and the rulers who control music and society.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello, the Vardomskaya story of a woman caught between her past and present. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari and BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus, both also by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #242 is “Playing for Amarante” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #65, a story of music and its sometimes maddening effect, not unlike “Suite for Accompanied Cello” or “An Aria for the Bloodlords.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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BCS #241 – Seybold, Beehr, Arkenberg Archives

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BCS #241 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of family and duty.

Grace Seybold (“Gravity’s Exile” in BCS #219, “A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079, “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Trette’s Bones,” in which a young woman considers a sacrifice for her family and village.

Dana Beehr (“Dreams of Peace” in BCS #122) offers “Forever Night,” following a young man on a mission that may not be what he was told it was.

From the Archives with BCS #241 is “The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg, from BCS #179, the third in a series of stories, following “For Lost Time” in BCS #165 and “The Storms in Arisbat” in BCS #110, not unlike offers “Forever Night.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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