BCS Audio Vault Podcast
New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Hangman” by Erin Cashier
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Ceaseless West Anthology, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 017: Hangman by Erin Cashier, from back in 2009, a tale of a world-weary hero called back to duty in a strange and dusty Weird Western world where the trains have gone feral and left their tracks.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining her inspiration for the Western feel and voice in the story.

“Hangman” in its text version also appears in our brand new ebook anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ceaseless West features great BCS stories by Kenneth Mark Hoover, Peter Darbyshire, Mark Teppo, E. Catherine Tobler, Gemma Files, and Saladin Ahmed. It will be released early on Apr. 23 at Weightless Books, along with a BCS ebook sale, and at other ebook retailers the following week.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by ALiette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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BCS #169 – Vaughn, Hivén, Vaughn Podcast, de Bodard Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, From the Archives, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #169 is out today, featuring two stories of characters trying to leave their situations, plus a guest-narrated podcast and a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault.

Carrie Vaughn, bestselling novelist of the Kitty Norville series and other novels and award-winning short fiction writer, offers “Sun, Stone, Spear,” a tale of two eager young people leaving their village behind to strive for something more.

Sylvia Anna Hivén (“What Needs to Burn” in BCS #152) returns to BCS with “The Sixth Day,” another tale of a character striving for something more, although this character’s situation is rapidly constricting around her. 

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn, guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus by Tamara Vardomskaya and BCS 137: Butterfly House by Gwendolyn Clare.

The From the Archives story with BCS #169 is “Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater, from BCS #118, a tale of two characters trekking in order to find something more in their lives, not unlike “Sun, Stone, Spear.”

The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #169 is BCS Audio Vault 016: Blighted Heart by Aliette de Bodard. It’s introduced by the author, explaining her particular fondness for the story–one of the first shorter pieces she wrote–and her first foray into Aztec culture, and its themes of duty and sacrifice and paying the cost for actions taken.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Blighted Heart” by Aliette de Bodard
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 016: Blighted Heart by Aliette de Bodard, a tale of duty and sacrifice and cost in an Aztec-influenced world.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining her particular fondness for the story, one of the first shorter pieces she wrote, and her first foray into Aztec culture, and its themes of duty and sacrifice and paying the cost for actions taken.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Ascent of Unreason” by Marie Brennan
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 015: The Ascent of Unreason by Marie Brennan, read by Rajan Khanna, a tale of curiosity and brightness in her usually bleak Driftwood world.

Its airborne elements are also fitting with the stories forthcoming in BCS #166 and our new cover art debuting with this issue: “Floating Town,” by Takeshi Oga.

BCS Audio Vault 015: The Ascent of Unreason by Marie Brennan is introduced by the author, explaining her goal in writing a a story in the Driftwood setting that was fun; one in which the characters refused to let the nihilism of that setting grind them down.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” by Justin Howe
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe, a tale of identity and roles in a gritty epic fantasy or sword & sorcery style world.

BCS Audio Vault 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe is introduced by the author, citing the 19th Century female adventurer’s travel log and the Kurosawa film that inspired facets of the story and offering a comment on an effective approach to sparse worldbuilding in epic fantasy.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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BCS #164 – Stufflebeam, Vardomskaya, James Morrow, Podcast & Novel Giveaway, Maloney Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #164 is out today, featuring stories of heroines on journeys of discovery, plus the first-ever novel excerpt to appear in BCS (by a two-time World Fantasy and Nebula Award winner), a guest-narrated podcast of that novel excerpt, and a giveaway for a copy of the novel.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam offers “Everything Beneath You,” a lyrical tale of journey both mythic and personal. Tamara Vardomskaya pens “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus,” a tale of artistic pursuit and personal realization.

Novelist James Morrow, author of Towing Jehovah, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, and many other works of lyrical F/SF, brings to BCS an excerpt from his new novel Galápagos Regained, which hits shelves this week.  This historical steampunk novel follows Chloe Bathurst, a former actress who, inspired by her interactions with the illustrious Charles Darwin, journeys in his footsteps across the Atlantic Ocean and over the Andes to the Galápagos Archipelago. In this excerpt from Galápagos Regained, Chloe meets Mr. Darwin and learns of his theories and the theological contest that will spark her journey.

We’re also giving away a copy of the novel Galápagos Regained. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wed. Jan. 21!

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 141: Novel Excerpt Galápagos Regained, the James Morrow excerpt. It’s guest-narrated by T.D. Edge, who has narrated many past BCS podcast episodes, including BCS 047: More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand by Rosamund Hodge.

The BCS Audio Vault podcast episode with BCS #164 is BCS Audio Vault 013: Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping by Geoffrey Maloney, a satire of Victorian Australian gentry in a zany science-fantasy situation with a voice not unlike BCS 141: Novel Excerpt Galápagos Regained.  It’s introduced by T.D. Edge, the narrator of both those podcasts, commenting on the Victorian upperclass’s absurd but implacable self-belief as captured in the story’s characters.

The From the Archives story with BCS #164 is “The Orangery” by the late K.D. Wentworth, from BCS #12, a tale of lushly voiced Victorian characters injected into a strange paranormal situation.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping” by Geoffrey Maloney
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut now is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 013: Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping by Geoffrey Maloney, a lushly voiced satire of Victorian Australian upperclass dealing with a zany situation of science-fantasy.

BCS Audio Vault 013: Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping by Geoffrey Maloney is introduced by narrator T.D. Edge, commenting on the Victorian upperclass’s absurd but implacable self-belief, as captured in the story’s characters.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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BCS #163 – Miller, Jones, Miller Podcast, Khanna Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #163 is now out, featuring stories of perseverance from two authors new to BCS, and a BCS author introducing the Audio Vault podcast of their story.

Sam J. Miller, a winner last year of the Shirley Jackson Award, offers“Alloy Point,” a heroine’s cold flight from an oppressive regime and its enforcer. Matt Jones offers “Until The Moss Has Reached Our Lips,” likewise a flight from oppression.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 140: Alloy Point, the Sam J. Miller story.

The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #163 is BCS Audio Vault 012: The Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna, introduced by the author, explaining the influences synthesized into the story’s Greek-mythology-meets-steampunk setting.

The From the Archives story with BCS #163 is “Worth of Crows” by Seth Dickinson, from BCS #104 and podcast BCS 090: Worth of Crows, a tale of a heroine in cold flight not unlike “Alloy Point.”

Next issue, the first-ever novel excerpt to appear in BCS, by a multiple World Fantasy Award-winner, plus literary fantasy stories by two authors new to BCS...

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Last Gorgon” by Rajan Khanna
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 012: The Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna, a tale of a character returning from quest and confronting a family secret.

BCS Audio Vault 012: The Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna is introduced by the author, explaining the influences synthesized into the story’s Greek-mythology-meets-steampunk setting.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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