Reviews of BCS
Horton Year-End Review of BCS
Posted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

Editor and Locus magazine reviewer Rich Horton last week posted his year-end review of BCS.

In multiple past years, he has called BCS “a really important source of fantasy.” This time, he said of BCS that “2012 was its best year yet.”

He mentioned his favorite two stories, which he included in his Year’s Best SF&F 2013:  “The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald and “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman.

Two other BCS stories, he said, were on his final shortlist for that Year’s Best: Chris Willrich’s “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife,” from our science-fantasy month, and Richard Parks’s “In the Palace of the Jade Lion.”

Other BCS stories he specifically singled out were Anne Ivy’s “Scry,” Gregory Norman Bossert’s “The Telling,” Noreen Doyle’s “‘His Crowning Glory’,” Cory Skerry’s “Sinking Among Lilies,” and Amanda M. Olson’s “Virtue’s Ghosts.”

And other BCS pieces he found strong were stories by Mike Allen, Alec Austin, David D. Levine, Christie Yant, Jack Nicholls, Grace Seybold, Kenneth Schneyer, and Yoon Ha Lee.

Thank you very much! Congratulations to all these cool authors and great stories!

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BCS #107 – #109 Reviewed at Locus Online
Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #107, #108, and #109 were reviewed last week by Lois Tilton of Locus online.

Of “After Compline, Silence Falls” by M. Bennardo she said “at its heart it’s a story of what it means to live in a community of brothers” and gave it her rare “RECOMMENDED” rating.

Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” by David D Levine she called “Quite charming” and said “The galanteries are a happy creation, very French, as is the solution.”

The Telling” by Gregory Norman Bossert she called “rewarding” and gave her “RECOMMENDED” rating, and of “The Scorn of the Peregrinator” by John E.O. Stevens she said “The setting is the wonder here, a place that isn’t our own world, with people who might be more bird than human... a strong, original vision.”

Thanks very much!

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Fourth Anniversary Praise for BCS
Posted in: About BCS, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

With the fourth anniversary of BCS last month and our Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, the magazine received some wonderful praise from two prominent voices in the field.

Lois Tilton, the veteran short fiction reviewer now at Locus online, in her October review of BCS said:

After four years, BCS has established itself as a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media.

And last summer, Lou Anders, fan and champion of traditional styles of fantasy and Hugo-Award winning editor of Pyr Books, told me:

BCS is rapidly becoming my favorite short fiction magazine of all time.

Wow! Thank you both so much. Two years ago, editor/reviewer Rich Horton called BCS “a very important source of fantasy,” and it looks that we are still living up to that praise.

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BCS #105, #106 Reviewed at Locus Online
Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #105, the Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, and #106 were reviewed last week by Lois Tilton of Locus Online.

Of Richard Parks’s Lord Yamada story “Three Little Foxes,” she said “A ghost story premised not on evil but melancholy and loss, and on love. It’s not Yamada’s ability to discern the spirits that reveals the nature of the mystery, but his way of seeing into human hearts.” The protagonist in Marissa Lingen’s “Cursed Motives” she called “an engaging and clever character.”

Karalynn Lee’s “Unsilenced” she said shows that “The costs of learning what is truly valuable are tragic, because some things can’t be recovered or compensated for” and gave it her rare Recommended rating. In Nicole M. Taylor’s “Hold a Candle to The Devil,” she called the protagonist :a memorable character you wouldn’t want to cross” and said “There’s some nasty black magic here, with care taken in its working.”

Thanks very much!

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BCS #105 Reviewed at Tangent Online
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #105, our Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, was just reviewed at Tangent Online.

Although this was only the second issue of BCS that this reviewer had read, he enjoyed all four stories and had thorough comments and analysis. He said that Richard Parks’s prose in “Three Little Foxes” “calls to mind what I, as an occidental through and through, associate with the spare and reserved voice of Japanese culture” and that Marissa Lingen’s “Cursed Motives” was “a fun, funny and impish story.”

Thanks very much!

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BCS on Speculate! Podcast
Posted in: About BCS, BCS Podcasts, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

Speculate!BCS is appearing on a trio of episodes of Speculate!, a podcast designed not only for readers but also writers.

Speculate! is produced by author and professor Gregory A. Wilson and author Bradley P. Beaulieu (“From the Spices of Sanandira” in BCS #70 and #71). Their podcast focuses on the same subject for three or four episodes, discussing different aspects of it, including editor interviews and analysis of the fiction-writing craft (Greg and Brad have written articles on writing for the SFWA Bulletin).

The first of their three episodes on BCS, a review and discussion of the stories in BCS #103 and #104, is now live.

The second episode, coming next week, is a nearly hour-long interview that Greg and Brad did with me. We talked about a lot of interesting stuff; not only things like the aim of BCS but also writer- and podcaster-centric topics like my approach to editing and to recording BCS podcasts.

Check out this first episode, and keep an eye out the next two weeks for the other two in the trio.

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Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue in Blogs
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #105, the Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, was mentioned in several blogs last week. 

Author Richard Parks, whose Lord Yamada story headlined the issue, mentioned it in his blog. Adventures Fantastic posted a review of the entire issue, including the two stories not yet released on the website.

Thanks very much!

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BCS #103, #104 Reviewed at Locus and Tangent
Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #103 and #104 were recently reviewed at Tangent Online and by Lois Tilton of Locus Online.

Tangent said of Dean Wells’s When Averly Fell from the Sky that “This mixture of steampunk and horror goes in surprising directions and is not just content with solving a mystery, but of showing its ramifications”, and that in Don Allmon’s Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War, “Good characterization, a clear prose style, and a strong plot combine to make this story a winner.”

Lois Tilton called Marie Brennan’s The Ascent of Unreason “pure adventure, celebrating the wonder that is Driftwood”, and Seth Dickinson’s Worth of Crows “well conceived and well written”.

Thanks very much!

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BCS #101, #102 Reviewed at Locus Online
Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #101 and #102 were reviewed last week by Lois Tilton of Locus Online. She called the issues overall “Two strong pairs of stories.”

The Heart of the Rail” by Mark Teppo she found “quite well-realized, both the physical environment and the characters,” and gave it here rare Recommended rating. “The Tale of the Aggrieved Astrologer” by Jack Nicholls she found “Originally-conceived and entertaining. The details of the astrology and astronomancy are particularly rich.”

“Strong stuff here in this dark dark fantasy” she said about “The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies” by Peter Darbyshire, and that Azrael as a character “raises the bar for the iconic image of the lone gunslinger with a past.”

Thanks very much!

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