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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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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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