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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–your favorite BCS podcast story–is, and why. That will enter you in a random drawing for the audiobook.

This giveaway ends Wed. Apr. 23. 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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Signed Old Mars Anthology Giveaway: on Twitter, Wed. 3/19

Posted in: Giveaways, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2, we’re giving away two signed copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s hardback anthology Old Mars.

Old Mars is an anthology of new F/SF stories about the classic science-fantasy sort of Mars, that had canals and dead alien cities and rayguns.

It includes stories by Howard Waldrop, Michael Moorcock, and BCS author David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1), whose story about pirate Captain Kidd sailing from Earth to Mars got a Recommended review from Locus online.

The last giveaway will take place Wed. Mar. 19 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite science-fantasy work of prose fiction is, and why. That will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

It can be a short story or a novel, but it has to be a work of prose fiction (not a movie or game). The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of all entries. For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Old Mars Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention a prose fiction work that is arguably science-fantasy. Comments that do not mention some prose fiction work that’s not arguably science-fantasy will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Mar. 19. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

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

You must tweet your tweet from a a valid Twitter account (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 Old Mars will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, 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 #142, Science Fantasy Month 2 – de Bodard, Sobel, Lee, Wells, and More

Posted in: Giveaways, New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #142 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2! 

Aliette de Bodard (“Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” in BCS #45 and podcast BCS 041, and three others) returns to BCS with “The Breath of War,” a new story in the futuristic spacefaring age of her Xuya world. Rachel Sobel offers “The River Does Not Run,” a tale of personal questing through a strange ruined landscape.

The two bonus stories, releasing on the website next Thursday, are both by returning BCS authors: Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee, a tale of a forthright young science-fantasy Knight setting out on her own, and The Goddess Deception, Pt. 1” by Dean Wells, the first half of a novella set in a future spacefaring age of the world of his BCS steampunk stories (“Evensong, Having Been Answered;” “To the Gods of Time and Engines, a Gift”).  The full issue is available now on ebook at Kindle and Weightless Books.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, guest-narrated by podcaster, novelist, and BCS author Tina Connolly, who has guest-narrated past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen and BCS 084: One Ear Back by Tina herself.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #142 is Scry” by Anne Ivy from BCS #90, part of our first BCS Science-Fantasy Month in 2012, a tale of family relationships and the fate and free will of seeing their future. The special science-fantasy cover art is the gorgeous “Sojourn” by Philippine artist Ferdinand Dumago Ladera

We’re also giving away signed hardcover copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Old Mars. Learn how you can enter here.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 will continue next week, with the website release of the two bonus stories, and in two weeks with BCS #143, featuring Yoon Ha Lee (whose story “The Book of Locked Doors” was in our previous Science-Fantasy Month), Seth Dickinson (“Worth of Crows” in BCS #104, among others), the conclusion of “The Goddess Deception,” a bonus podcast, and more!


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Signed Old Mars Anthology Giveaway

Posted in: Giveaways, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2, we’re giving away two signed copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s hardback anthology Old Mars!

Old Mars is an anthology of new F/SF stories about the classic science-fantasy sort of Mars, that had canals and dead alien cities and rayguns and Martians.

It includes stories by Howard Waldrop, Matthew Hughes, Michael Moorcock, and BCS author David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1), whose story about pirate Captain Kidd sailing from Earth to Mars got a Recommended review from Locus online.

It’s a gorgeous hardcover, and our copies are signed by Allen Steele, whose story “Martian Blood” leads off the anthology.

One of our giveaways will be held next week on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine the week of Mar. 17; details to come.

The other giveaway is right here in this post has ended. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post (here’s a link to the comment box) and say what your favorite science-fantasy work of prose fiction is, and why.

It can be a short story or a novel, but it has to be a work of prose fiction (not a movie or game). The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of all entries.

This giveaway ends Wed. Mar. 12 has ended. For the Full Rules, click on Show Hidden Text below.

Good luck! As a starting point, here are the science-fantasy stories that appeared in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1, back in 2012:

 

Full rules for the signed Old Mars giveaway:

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

You must mention a prose fiction work that is arguably science-fantasy. Comments that do not mention some prose fiction work that’s not arguably science-fantasy will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Mar. 12. 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 and mail the signed copy of Old Mars 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 Science-Fantasy Month 2

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, Forthcoming, Giveaways, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #142 next week, March is BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2!

This second BCS special theme month of science-fantasy stories–our first one was back in March 2012–will feature stories that combine the awe-inspiring fantastical settings of BCS fiction with futuristic details like spacecraft, laser rifles, and advanced scientific concepts. 

It will have two special double-issues, including extra stories, a two-part novella, an extra podcast, special science-fantasy cover art, and giveaways for signed hardcover copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Old Mars.

Authors will include Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee (whose story “The Book of Locked Doors” was in our previous Science-Fantasy Month), Seth Dickinson (“Worth of Crows” in BCS #104, among others), Rachel Sobel, Dean Wells (with a novella set in the same world as several of his steampunk BCS stories), and more. Cover art, excerpted at right, is by Philippine artist Ferdinand Dumago Ladera.

Look for the ebooks of BCS #142, the first issue, out early tomorrow, and the other stories and podcasts following throughout March.


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Second Promise of Blood Signed Novel Giveaway: on Twitter, Wed. 2/19

Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage Trilogy, a “flintlock fantasy” epic series, combines post-Industrial Revolution technology with magic. The first book, Promise of Blood, was released last year, and the second, The Crimson Campaign, is due in May.

The Face in the Window,” Brian’s story in BCS #140, is set in the Powder Mage world and follows a major character from the novels.

In conjunction with “The Face in the Window,” BCS is giving away copies of the UK paperback of Promise of Blood, signed and personalized by Brian!

The last giveaway will take place Wed. Feb. 19 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite non-medieval setting epic fantasy novel is. That will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

You can interpret “non-medieval setting” however you like. You do need to be a resident of the US, for publisher reasons (our apologies). For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Brian McClellan Promise of Blood Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention an epic fantasy novel that has an arguably non-medieval setting. Tweets that do not mention a fantasy novel that does not have a setting that is in some way different from medieval epic fantasy will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Feb. 19. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

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

You must tweet your tweet from a a valid Twitter account (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 Promise of Blood will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, 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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Brian McClellan Signed Novel Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

McClellan_PromiseofBlood_400x600Our first giveaway for a signed, personalized copy of Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage novel Promise of Blood, in conjunction with Brian’s Powder Mage story “The Face in the Window,” in BCS #140, ends tonight!

To enter, comment on this giveaway post and say what your favorite non-medieval setting epic fantasy novel is. That will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

But make sure you do it today! This giveaway ends Wed. Feb. 12 (tonight!).

You can interpret “non-medieval setting” however you like. For the Full Rules, see that giveaway post.

Good luck!


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BCS #140 – McClellan, Austin, Wells Podcast, Signed Novel Giveaway

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

BCS #140 is out today, featuring an epic fantasy novelist, a returning BCS author, and a signed novel giveaway.

Brian McClellan’s “The Face in the Window” follows one of the major characters in his “flintlock fantasy” epic Powder Mage Trilogy, set in a secondary world that combines gunpowder technology with magic.

Alec Austin (“Blood Remembers” in BCS #117; “Casualties” in BCS #110) returns with “Atonement,” another dark story of war and its effects on the participants.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 119: Evensong, Having Been Answered by Dean Wells, a story of odd iterations from BCS #139, set in the strange mechano-steampunk setting of his previous BCS stories including “To the Gods of Time and Engines, a Gift” in BCS #80 and podcast BCS 071.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #140 is “Ink and Blood” by Marko Kloos from BCS #74, a tale that like “The Face in the Window” blends post-industrial technology with magic.

In conjunction with “The Face in the Window,” we are giving away two copies of the UK paperback of Brian McClellan’s first Powder Mage novel, Promise of Blood, signed and personalized by Brian! Get the details and enter here.


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