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BCS #159 – Files, Strom-Martin, MacNab Podcast, Kressel Audio Vault

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

BCS #159 is now out, featuring dark stories by two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a huge fantasy anthology.

Gemma Files (“A Feast for Dust” in BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114) returns to BCS with “Drawn Up From Deep Places,” a new novelette of her haunted sea captain Jerusalem Parry, who also appeared in “Two Captains” in BCS #125. Hannah Strom-Martin (“Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “The Burned Man,” a darkly acute fable of life choices and their consequences.

BCS 138: The Rugmaker’s Lovers by Brynn MacNab is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, a dark fable from BCS #158. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, ofttimes BCS podcast narrator and author of another dark fable, “The Nine-Tailed Cat” from BCS #70 and podcast BCS 062

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “In the Gardens of the Night” by Siobhan Carroll, from BCS #74, a tale of palace intrigue and acute choices not unlike “The Burned Man,” but from a different perspective.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 008: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, a tale of a powerful demon clashing with her underling and the human who battles her to rescue his son. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the evolution of the setting (also featured in “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133) and the story’s exploration of the demons’ and humans’ personal relationships.

We are also giving away a signed copy of the new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, which features four stories from BCS and nine other stories by BCS authors. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wednesday Nov. 5!

Next issue, look for lighter tales, including a strange one from returning BCS author M. Bennardo (“The Penitent” in BCS #122,“After Compline, Silence Falls” in BCS #107, and others)…


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Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Anthology Giveaway

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

A great new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry comes out next week, featuring four stories from BCS and nine other great stories by BCS authors, and we’re giving away a copy.

This anthology includes BCS stories by Richard Parks, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Saladin Ahmed, as well as other stories by BCS authors K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, Chris Willrich, Tony Pi, Matthew David Surridge, Genevieve Valentine, and many more.

It has twenty-five stories overall; plus an introduction written by me, BCS Editor-in-Chief Scott H. Andrews, in which I pontificate on classic fantasy takes on warriors and wizards and how, in the hands of skilled authors like all those above, those classic takes have evolved and broadened to include varied peoples and lands and to offer an examination of what it means to be who these characters are.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite warrior or wizard character from BCS. Any warrior or wizard, from any BCS story. For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wed. Nov. 5! This giveaway has ended.

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories featuring warriors and/or wizards, beginning with the four that are in this anthology:

Fox Bones. Many Uses.” by Alex Dally MacFarlane (BCS #95)

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed (BCS #15)

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #144, podcast BCS 124)

Lady of the Ghost Willow” by Richard Parks (BCS #53)

 

How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich (BCS #99, podcast BCS 077)

From the Spices of Sanandira” by Bradley P. Beaulieu (BCS #70)

Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” by Aliette de Bodard (BCS #45, podcast BCS 041)

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (BCS #155, podcast BCS 133)

The Three Feats of Agani” by Christie Yant (BCS #100, podcast BCS 086)

 Good luck!

Full rules for The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Nov. 5, 2014. 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 copy of The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry 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 or anyone else. 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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K.J. Parker Signed Hardback Story Collection Giveaway: on Twitter, Tues. 10/14

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

Bestselling author K.J. Parker (the ‘Engineer’ trilogy of Devices and Desires, Evil for Evil, The Escapement, among other trilogies), who has also published a number of brilliant short stories and won the World Fantasy Award for novella two years in a row, appears in BCS this week with a new story “Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue.

In celebration, we are giving away a copy of Parker’s signed, hardback limited-edition short fiction collection Academic Exercises.

Academic Exercises is a gorgeous hardback limited edition that runs over 500 pages and includes the World Fantasy Award-winning novellas “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong.”

This giveaway will take place Tuesday Oct. 14 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 K.J. Parker story or novella is. Whether “Heaven Thunders the Truth” or one from another magazine or anthology. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are a few K.J. Parker story links:

Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157

Let Maps to Others” in Subterranean

A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” in Subterranean

K.J. Parker Wikipedia page, which lists a dozen others

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed K.J. Parker hardback Academic Exercises 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 the title of a work of short fiction by K.J. Parker. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction by K.J. Parker will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Oct. 14. 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).

Any person who has won any previous giveaway from BCS in September 2014 or October 2014 is not eligible to win.

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 Academic Exercises 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 or anyone else. 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 #157 Anniversary Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live

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

The final three stories from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and the bonus podcast are live on the BCS website today.

The stories include “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by multiple World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker and “Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare.

The bonus podcast, BCS 136: The Moon Over Red Trees, is the Aliette de Bodard story from earlier in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue. It’s guest-narrated by Kate Baker, the podcast director and familiar voice of Clarkesworld magazine.

All four of the stories in this issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their email or e-reader or smart phone.

If you’d like to subscribe, now is a great time to do it. During our Sixth Anniversary Ebook Sale, buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com and you’ll get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. But act soon; the sale ends next week!

Our two giveaways for signed Richard Parks Lord Yamada short story collections, one as paper book and one as audio book, have ended. But next week on Twitter, we will be giving away a signed hardback limited-edition K.J. Parker short story collection. Visit the link to see how you can enter.


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BCS #157, Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue

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

BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

It includes “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks (“Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131, “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100, and nine other stories), and “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard (“The Breath of War” in BCS #142 and podcast BCS 121, “Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” in BCS #45 and podcast BCS 041, and several others).

Plus two more stories, including BCS debuts by multiple World Fantasy Award-winner K.J. Parker and Gwendolyn Clare.

The Parker and Clare stories won’t be released on the website until next week, but they are available now in the ebook of the full issue, on Kindle and at WeightlessBooks.com.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 135: The Sorrow of Rain, the Lord Yamada story by Richard Parks. A bonus second podcast,  of the Aliette de Bodard story, BCS 136: The Moon Over Red Trees, will be released next week, read by guest narrator Kate Baker of Clarkesworld Magazine.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” by Richard Parks, one of the most emotive and personal of the Lord Yamada stories, also available as podcast BCS 055. The new cover art for our sixth anniversary is “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet, an artist from Mexico City. 

Our Sixth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com and get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. (Ebook subscribers always get issues before they go live on the website.)

We are also running three different giveaways in conjunction with this anniversary double-issue. Enter now to win a signed copy of the Lord Yamada short story collection, Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, and learn the date and time for our giveaway on Twitter of a signed hardback limited-edition K.J. Parker short fiction collection.

(Congratulations to the two winners of the audio book edition of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter! That giveaway was only mentioned in the podcast of The Sorrow of Rain. Your reward for keeping your ears peeled!)

In six years of BCS, we’ve published over 325 stories and 135 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thanks so much for reading!


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Richard Parks Signed Lord Yamada Collection Giveaway

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

Lord Yamada, Richard Parks’s incisive and droll samurai ghost-hunter, who has appeared six times previously in BCS along with past appearances in other fantasy magazines, returns this week in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, in a new story, “The Sorrow of Rain.”

To celebrate “The Sorrow of Rain” and its BCS podcast, and the forthcoming Lord Yamada novel, Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate out in November, we’re giving away a signed copy of the Lord Yamada short story collection, Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us what your favorite Lord Yamada monster or beast is; your favorite monster or beast from any Lord Yamada story. Try to be specific if you can, and say which story it’s from; it’ll be more fun that way!

Your comment 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. This giveaway ends Wed. Oct. 8, so make sure you post soon. This giveaway has ended.

To get you started, here are links to the Lord Yamada stories that have appeared in BCS:

The Mansion of Bones(BCS #19; Podcast BCS 017)

Sanji’s Demon(BCS #38-39)

Lady of the Ghost Willow(BCS #53)

The Ghost of Shinoda Forest(BCS #63; Podcast BCS 055)

The Tiger’s Turn(BCS #79)

Three Little Foxes(BCS #105)

The Sorrow of Rain” (BCS #157; podcast BCS 135)

You can also vote for a monster from a different Lord Yamada story; whatever is your favorite, and why.

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Richard Parks Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter monster giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a monster or beast from a Lord Yamada story. Comments that do not mention a monster or beast or creature from a Lord Yamada story will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Oct. 8, 2014. 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).

Any person who has won a copy of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter from BCS in the past is not eligible to win.

Any person who has won any previous giveaway from BCS in September 2014 or October 2014 is not eligible to win.

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 Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter 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 or anyone else. 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 #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! This giveaway has ended.

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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