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BCS #156 – MacFarlane, Ambroz, Guest Podcast, Bennardo Audio Vault, Marshall Giveaway

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #156 is out today, featuring new stories, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a signed short story collection!

Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Women in Sandstone” in BCS #145, “Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121 & podcast BCS 104 & our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five) offers “Written on the Hides of Foxes,” a tale of finding oneself after physical and social ostracization. Angela Ambroz contributes “The Good Deaths, Part II,” a self-standing piece about a character likewise ostracized, in the name of personal conviction, and trying to find her way.

BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II is also the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for Issue #156. Given a great narration by BCS author, podcast narrator, and award-winning podcaster Tina Connolly, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes such as BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen, and BCS 128: The Use and the Need by M. Bennardo (which coincidentally has a similar point of historical inspiration as The Good Deaths, Part II).

The ‘From the Archives’ story, “Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham from BCS #141, features a character likewise isolated in the name of personal conviction and trying to find her way.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo, a stark tale of visceral isolation from BCS #123 in June 2013, which also appears in our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five.

We are also giving away a signed copy of BCS author Helen Marshall’s (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) new short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, from Chizine Press. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Tuesday Sept. 23!


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Signed Helen Marshall Story Collection Giveaway

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

BCS author Helen Marshall (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) has just released her second short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After (Chizine Press), and BCS is giving away a signed copy!

Helen Marshall’s work has been nominated for the Aurora Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and has won the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society.

Gifts for the One Who Comes After features “eighteen tales of love and loss,” Chizine Press says; “Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.” These include “Crossroads and Gateways” as well as other pieces featuring a son trying to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past, a girl discovering what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton, and Death’s wife preparing for a very special funeral.

To enter this giveaway, comment on this very post (here’s a link) and tell us your favorite BCS story that features myth or aspects of the mythic, and briefly why. “Crossroads and Gateways” deals with myth and fate and destiny; what is your favorite BCS story that tackles such matters.

Your comment post will enter you in a random drawing for the book. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

Enter soon, because this giveaway ends Tues. Sept. 23, at midnight PST!

To get you started, here are some BCS stories that feature myth or aspects of the mythic:

Or whatever mythic BCS story is your favorite.

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Helen Marshall Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a story from BCS that arguably contains something mythic. Comments that do not mention a story from BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Tues. Sept. 23 . Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of Gifts for the One Who Comes After will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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BCS #151 – Rambo, Marshall, Willrich Giveaway, BCS Audio Vault Podcast

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #151 is out today, featuring two stories of characters undertaking journeys to find themselves.

Cat Rambo (“Love, Resurrected” in BCS #65 and podcast BCS 058) offers “Rappaccini’s Crow,” a tale of a displaced veteran in a facility, dealing with scars physical and otherwise. Helen Marshall appears in BCS for the first time with “Crossroads and Gateways,” a hunter hunting his past, his destiny, and his future.

Our ‘From the Archives’ story is “Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker from BCS #47, featuring a protagonist facing struggles not unlike the ones in “Rappaccini’s Crow.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on hiatus for a couple issues, but premiering this week is our new podcast: The BCS Audio Vault, which features classic episodes of our two-time Parsec Award-finalist podcast each introduced by a special guest author, editor or narrator. 

The premiere episode of the BCS Audio Vault is Chris Willrich’s story “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” from BCS #99 in July 2012, introduced by Hugo Award-winning editor of Pyr books and middle-grade fantasy author Lou Anders.  Lou first encountered Chris’s fiction here in BCS and liked it so much that he acquired three of Chris’s adventure fantasy novels for Pyr Books. His perspective on Chris’s work makes for a fascinating introduction to the story.

In conjunction with this premiere episode of The BCS Audio Vault, 001: How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move, we’re giving away a signed copy of Chris Willrich’s new second novel, The Silk Map, set in the same fantasy world. Enter the giveaway here.

Coming next issue: two authors new to BCS, with two dark stories, and another new episode of The BCS Audio Vault.


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Chris Willrich The Silk Map Signed Novel Giveaway for The BCS Audio Vault

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, BCS Podcasts, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with the premiere episode of our new podcast, BCS Audio Vault 001: How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move, featuring Hugo Award-winning editor of Pyr books and middle-grade fantasy author Lou Anders introducing Chris Willrich’s story “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” from BCS #99, we’re giving away a signed copy of Chris’s new second novel, The Silk Map.

The Silk Map, with gorgeous cover art by past BCS cover artist Kerem Beyit, features Chris’s delightful characters Gaunt and Bone, poet and thief, who appeared in his story “The Sword of Loving Kindness” in BCS #1, continuing their fantasy adventure from Chris’s first novel, The Scroll of Years“How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” is set in this same vibrant fantasy world.

The BCS Audio Vault features classic episodes from the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, with a new introduction by a guest author, editor, or narrator talking about the story.

To enter this giveaway, comment here on this post and say what past episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast you would love to see introduced by a guest author, editor, or narrator, and briefly why.

Are you interested in the author’s genesis for the story? Curious why the narrator narrated it the way they did? Any past episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, and why you would like to hear more about it.

Your comment post will enter you in a random drawing for the book. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on Wed. July 16. This giveaway has ended. (For Full Rules, click ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are links to pages of our past episodes. Or you can browse for your favorite on our List of all Authors and Stories and Podcast Episodes.

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the Signed Chris Willrich The Silk Map giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Silk Map Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a past episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast. Comments that do not mention a past episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. July 16. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

You must be a resident of the USA or Canada. (Our apologies for this restriction; the publisher of the novel only has publication rights in those countries.)

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of The Silk Map will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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BCS #150 – Parks, Callaway, Buckram, Guest Podcast, Sanderson Giveaway

Posted in: 150th Issue, Ebook Sale, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #150 is out today! A special double-issue, in honor of our 150th issue.

It includes “The Manor of Lost Time,” a story of demonic imprisonment by Richard Parks, author of the Lord Yamada tales, and “The Inked Many,” a novelette by Adam Callaway set in the Ars Lacuna world of strange ink and writings that has been featured in his many other BCS stories.

Plus “The Black Waters of Lethe,” a short piece of maddening isolation by Oliver Buckram, and “The Unborn God,” a tale of strange discovery and quest by returning BCS author Stephen Case.

The Callaway and Case stories won’t be released on the website until next week, but they are available now in the ebook, on Kindle and at WeightlessBooks.com.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 130: The Black Waters of Lethe, Oliver Buckram’s short tale of maddening isolation, guest-narrated by Norm Sherman, Editor and Producer of The Drabblecast, a three-time winner of the Parsec Award for Best Magazine Podcast.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” by Richard Parks, another non-Lord Yamada tale of his, from BCS #100, another milestone issue. It was named to the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2012.

We are also giving away a gorgeous hardback copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Hugo Award-winning novella The Emperor’s Soul, signed to BCS by Mr. Sanderson. Visit this giveaway post to enter.

Our 150th Issue Ebook Sale continues at Weightless Books. They now have every single past issue of BCS, from #1 to #150, including many that aren’t available anywhere else. You can buy them as single issues, but for this sale we’re also offering them as bundles of 25 issues, for only $9.99.

In 150 issues of BCS, nearly six years, we’ve published 310 stories and 130 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Including the premiere of our brand-new second podcast next week! Thanks so much for reading and listening.


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Signed Brandon Sanderson Hardback Giveaway

Posted in: 150th Issue, Giveaways, Special Issues by Scott H. Andrews

Brandon Sanderson, best-selling epic fantasy novelist, also writes secondary- world fantasy short fiction, like his Hugo Award-winning novella The Emperor’s Soul.

In celebration of BCS #150, we are giving away a gorgeous hardback copy of The Emperor’s Soul, signed to BCS by Mr. Sanderson.

The giveaway is right here in this post. To enter, comment on this post and say what your favorite issue of BCS is, and briefly why. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.) That will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

Enter soon, because this giveaway ends Wed. July 2, at midnight PST. This giveaway has ended.

To get you started, here are some highly regarded issues of BCS:

Plus of course any other issue from BCS #1 to BCS #150!

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Brandon Sanderson The Emperor’s Soul giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Emperor’s Soul Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention an issue of BCS. Comments that do not mention an issue of BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. July 2. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of The Emperor’s Soul will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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Saladin Ahmed Audio Book Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

Our giveaway for an audio book of BCS author Saladin Ahmed‘s Hugo Award-finalist fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, in celebration of the 125th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, BCS 125: At the Edge of the Sea by Raphael Ordoñez, ends tonight!

To enter, comment on this giveaway post and say what your favorite episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast–your favorite BCS podcast story–is, and why.

But do it before Wed. Apr. 23 at midnight!


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BCS #145 – Dickinson, MacFarlane, Ordoñez Podcast and Audio Book Giveaway

Posted in: Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #145 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, and a giveaway for an audio book!

Seth Dickinson (“Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” in BCS #143 and podcast BCS 123, “Worth of Crows” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 090, and one other) offers a new fantasy, “Our Fire, Given Freely,” featuring a puissant steppe warrior clashing with those under her charge.

Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121 and podcast BCS 104; “Fox Bones. Many Uses.” in BCS #99) contributes “Women in Sandstone,” a sinuous narrative of a general, her mother and her daughter, and the cadre of ageless winds that have witnessed eons in this land.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 125: At the Edge of the Sea by Raphael Ordoñez (“Misbegotten” in BCS #113 and podcast BCS 097, and one other), his tale of solitude and its strangeness from BCS #144.  It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. Deluca, who also narrated  “Misbegotten” and Seth Dickinson’s “Worth of Crows,” among others.

In celebration of the milestone of the 125th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, we’re giving away an audio book of BCS author Saladin Ahmed’s (“Where Virtue Lives” in BCS #15) novel Throne of the Crescent Moon. Enter the giveaway here.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #145 is “The Death of Roach” by Spencer Ellsworth, from BCS #85,  a story of bleak desert wandering and self-discovery not unlike “Women in Sandstone.”

Next issue, our 300th story!  And more...


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With BCS Podcast #125, a Saladin Ahmed Audio Book Giveaway!

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In celebration of the 125th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction PodcastBCS 125: At the Edge of the Sea by Raphael Ordoñez, we’re giving away a copy of the audiobook of BCS author Saladin Ahmed‘s novel Throne of the Crescent Moon.

Throne of the Crescent Moon was a finalist for the Hugo Award last year.  It’s a vivid and exiting fantasy novel featuring Saladin’s characters Doctor Adoulla and Raseed, who made their debut in his story “Where Virtue Lives” in BCS #15, five years ago this month.

To enter this giveaway, comment on this post (here’s a link to the comment box) and say what your favorite episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast-is, and why. That will enter you in a random drawing for the audiobook. This giveaway ends Wed. Apr. 23.This giveaway has ended. For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.

To get you started, here are links to the BCS Podcast episodes from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. And here are just a few well-regarded episodes:

BCS 123: Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation by Seth Dickinson

BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard

BCS 106: The Penitent by M. Bennardo

BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow (a finalist for the Parsec Award)

 

BCS 098: Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood, by Adam Callaway

BCS 090: Worth of Crows, by Seth Dickinson

BCS 086: The Three Feats of Agani, by Christie Yant

BCS 071: To the Gods of Time and Engines, a Gift, by Dean Wells

 

BCS 055: The Ghost of Shinoda Forest, by Richard Parks

BCS 041: Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood, by Aliette de Bodard

BCS 039: Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride, by Saladin Ahmed

BCS 001: Architectural Constants, by Yoon Ha Lee

Good luck!

Full rules for the Saladin Ahmed Throne of the Crescent Moon audiobook giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Throne of the Crescent Moon audiobook giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention an episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast. Comments that do not mention an episode of the BCS podcast will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Apr. 23. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The audiobook of Throne of the Crescent Moon will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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