BCS Podcasts
BCS #201 – Clare, Austin, Catherynne M. Valente Podcast
Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #201 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors and our longest podcast episode ever.

Gwendolyn Clare (“Butterfly House” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 137) crosses a world of floating islands and stratefied society on an investigation sparked by nested tales in “Nothing But the Sky.”

Alec Austin (“Fire Rises” in BCS #180, “Atonement” in BCS #140, “Casualties” in BCS #110) takes his vividly character-centered military epic fantasy voice back to the world of “Blood Remembers” from BCS #117 in “Blood Reckonings,” a tale of self-empowered characters scheming for leverage.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is a special one: BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery, the Catherynne M. Valente novelette from BCS #200. It’s the longest BCS podcast episode ever, clocking in at nearly 70 minutes long. Its lush and rollicking first-person voice is narrated by voice actor Heath Miller.

The From the Archives story with BCS #201 is “Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde, from BCS #181 and podcast BCS 157, set in a sky-bound world different from that in Gwendolyn Clare’s “Nothing But the Sky” but constrained by similar environmental harshness.

All behind a new crop of our likewise sky-bound new cover art for early summer: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.

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BCS #199 – Tobler, Greenblatt, Greenblatt Podcast, Wilde Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #199 is out today, featuring two stories of protagonists venturing into unknown reaches.

E. Catherine Tobler returns to BCS with “Cloud Dweller,” another story set in the same world-traveling circus setting as several of her previous BCS stories (“Splitskin” in BCS #172,“We, As One, Trailing Embers” in BCS #147 podcast BCS 127, “Artificial Nocturne” in BCS #126, “Lady Marmalade” in BCS #98), featuring a tightrope-walker walking across the reaches of the sky.

A.T. Greenblatt offers “They Said the Desert,” a story of a dogged protagonist crossing a desert trade route while hounded by a past companion.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 175: They Said the Desert, the A.T. Greenblatt story.

BCS #199 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 024 The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde, a dark tale of a craftsman caught between his own desires and ancient forces. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the titular gemstone and the protagonist’s relationship with it.

The From the Archives story with BCS #199 is “Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, from BCS #27 our First Anniversary Double-Issue, a tale of a journeying character hounded by a past companion not unlike the A.T. Greenblatt story “They Said the Desert.”

Next issue: BCS #200!

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 024: The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde, a dark tale of a craftsman caught between his own desires and outside forces that may be far more ancient to this world and far more dangerous than he will admit.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the titular gemstone of distinctive color and cut, the protagonist’s relationship with it, the role of such gemstones in this world and its history, and their connection to other stories in this world.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Saladin Ahmed, Yoon Ha Lee, 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 #197 – Tony Pi, Kelly Stewart, Guest-Narrated Podcast
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #197 is out today, with two stories featuring animal secondary characters and protagonists who must engage with them.

Tony Pi (“No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155, “The Curse of Chimère” in BCS #53, among others) returns to his candy hawker sorcerer from “No Sweeter Art,” which was a finalist for the Aurora Awards, in “The Sweetest Skill.” It’s a new tale in which Tangren Ao must treat with competing zodiac animal spirits in order to aid his city’s god.

Kelly Stewart in “Rabbit Grass” shows a young protagonist wary of a tricksy animal character who asks her for help.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill, Tony Pi’s story of candy-sculpting sorcery and zodiac animal spirits. It’s guest-narrated by audio book narrator John Meagher, who has narrated many past BCS podcast episodes, including BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, one of Tony Pi’s previous tales of Tangren Ao and zodiac spirits. That podcast was named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.

BCS #197 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 023: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, that previous tale of Tangren Ao that was a finalist for the Parsec Awards last year. It’s introduced by narrator John Meagher, talking about the story and its narration.

The From the Archives story with BCS #197 is “One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly, from BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, a tale in which human and animal characters must engage with each other.

All behind another view of our new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.

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BCS #195, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – Sarah Pinsker Bonus Story and Podcasts Now Live
Posted in: Back Issue Bundles, BCS Audio Vault Podcast, BCS Ebooks, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

The bonus story fom BCS #195, our second double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3, and the two bonus podcast episodes are now live on the BCS website.

The bonus story, “The Mountains His Crown,”by Sarah Pinsker, tells of farmers trying to subsist in the face of autocratic and technological heedlessness.

All the stories in this double-issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their e-reader or phone, and are supporting BCS at the same time. Visit our exclusive subscription partner WeightlessBooks.com for details.

The first bonus podcast episode is BCS 171: The Mountains His Crown, the Sarah Pinsker story, guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has narrated multiple past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 157: Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud by Fran Wilde and BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn. 

The second bonus podcast is a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, her Nebula Award-finalist science-fantasy tale of colonialism and grief and loss from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 back in 2014. It’s introduced by the author, detailing the inspiration for the title and the colonialist theme.

If you’d like to get both these double-issues from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 as ebooks delivered straight to your reading device, they are now available at Weightless Books as a specially priced bundle.

And if you missed the special issues of the first BCS Science-Fantasy Month in 2012, featuring Yoon Ha Lee, Chris Willrich, and Megan Arkenberg, or the issues of BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 in 2014, featuring Yoon Ha Lee (again!), Aliette de Bodard, and Seth Dickinson, you can get them in specially priced bundles too: BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2012 and BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2014.

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BCS #195, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – de Bodard, Pinsker, Sanford, Bonus Podcasts, and More
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Cover Art, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #195 is out today, another special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3!

Aliette de Bodard (“The Moon Over Red Trees” in BCS #157 and podcast BCS 136, “Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” in BCS #45 and podcast BCS 041, and “The Breath of War,” a finalist for the Nebula Award, in BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121) returns to BCS with “A Salvaging of Ghosts,” a haunting story of deep spaces and family.

Sarah Pinsker offers “The Mountains His Crown,” a tale of farmers subsisting against imperialist whim, and Jason Sanford in “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” posits a world where caretakers have become linked to the environment.

The Mountains His Crown” releases on the website next Thursday, in text and as a bonus podcast episode BCS 171 guest-narrated by Folly Blaine. The full issue is available now on ebook at Kindle and Weightless Books.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #195 is BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts, the Aliette de Bodard story of deep spaces and family. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 156: Seasons Set in Skin by Caroline M. Yoachim, BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, and BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2.

Also releasing next Thursday is a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast: Aliette de Bodard introducing that podcast of her story “The Breath of War” from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2, which was a finalist for the Nebula Award last year.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #195 is “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #90 and podcast BCS 077, part of BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1 back in 2012. It’s a haunting tale of family not unlike “A Salvaging of Ghosts.”

All behind another view of our special science-fantasy cover art, “Research Lab” by Sung Choi.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 will continue next week, with the website release of the bonus story, bonus podcast, and BCS Audio Vault podcast!

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BCS #194, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – Cat Rambo Bonus Story and Podcasts Now Live
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

The bonus story for BCS #194, our first double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3, and the two bonus podcast episodes are now live on the BCS website.

Returning BCS author Cat Rambo (“Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, “Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151, among others) offers “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest,” a tale of a chaos mage navigating chancy contests and feats.

All the stories in this double-issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their e-reader or smart phone, and are supporting BCS at the same time. Visit our exclusive subscription partner WeightlessBooks.com for details.

The first bonus podcast episode is BCS 169: Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest, that Cat Rambo story, guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated multiple past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

The second bonus podcast is a new episode of the BCS Audio VaultThe Book of Locked Doors by Yoon Ha Lee, a science-fantasy tale of colonialism and grief and loss, for both a person and a people and culture.  It’s introduced by the author, detailing the inspiration for the title and the colonialist theme.

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BCS #194, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – Lee, Rambo, Lay, Bonus Podcasts, and More
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Cover Art, New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #194 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3!

Yoon Ha Lee (“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 “Foxfire, Foxfire,” a story that blends fantastical shape-changing fox spirits with futuristic mechanical walking tanks.

(Yoon’s science-fantasy stories have appeared in BCS before: “The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 in 2014 and “The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1 in 2012.)

Returning BCS author Cat Rambo (“Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, “Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151, among others) offers “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest,” a tale of a chaos mage navigating chancy contests and feats.  Anaea Lay follows travels both interstellar and intramental in “The Right Bright Courier.”

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” releases on the website next Thursday, in text and as a bonus podcast episode BCS 169 guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson. The full issue is available now on ebook at Kindle and Weightless Books.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #194 is BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire, the Yoon Ha Lee story of fox-spirits and mechanical tanks. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and BCS 123: Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation by Seth Dickinson, from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2.

Also releasing next Thursday is a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast: Yoon Ha Lee introducing the podcast of his story “The Book of Locked Doors” from our Science-Fantasy Month 1.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #194 is Scry” by Anne Ivy from BCS #90 in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1, a tale of family relationships and the fate and free will of seeing their future. The special science-fantasy cover art is the futuristic yet bleak “Research Lab” by Sung Choi.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 will continue next week, with the website release of the bonus story, bonus podcast, and BCS Audio Vault podcast, and in two weeks with BCS #195, featuring Aliette de Bodard (whose story “The Breath of War,” from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121, was a Nebula Award finalist), Jason Sanford, and Sarah Pinsker!

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BCS #190 – Allen, Dinjos, Author-Narrated Podcast, Chatham Archives
Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #190 is out today, featuring two ghostly stories, a podcast narrated by the author, and a ghostly story From the Archives.

Mike Allen (“The Ivy-Smothered PalisadeBCS #93) returns to BCS with “Longsleeves,” set in the same milieu, a ghostly story of family debt and curse. Walter Dinjos offers “The Mama Mmiri,” a story of a bereaved brother facing a hungry river spirit.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 164: The Mama Mmiri, the Walter Dinjos story. It’s guest-narrated by the author himself, adding a unique flavor to the world.

The From the Archives story with BCS #190 is “A Marble for the Drowning River” by Ann Chatham, from BCS #94 and podcast BCS 082, a story of riverine ghosts not unlike “The Mama Mmiri.”  

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season of our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Huashan Temple” by Xiao Ran.

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