Special Issues
BCS #235, Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue – Parks, Hurley, Campbell, and More

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

BCS #235, our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

Richard Parks (a dozen previous stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63 and standalone pieces like “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) continues the new series he began in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 with “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” with the father-daughter ghost hunters and their new nonhuman companion encountering history and the supernatural.

Kameron Hurley (“The Judgment of Gods and Monsters” in BCS #200) returns to BCS with “The Fisherman and the Pig,” another tale of the aftereffects of war, this time on a single person.

Rebecca Campbell (“Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” in BCS #184 and podcast BCS 161) returns to BCS with “The Fall of the Mundaneum,” a likewise engagingly oddly voiced story, about history and isolation and an idiosyncratic archive. T.S. McAdams offers “Grassland,” a story of strange life and community in a strange prairie landscape.

The Hurley and Campbell stories will release on the website on Oct. 5, but the full issue is available now on ebook at Amazon and Weightless Books.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts, the Richard Parks story of the father-daughter ghost hunters encountering a strange new challenge. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 189: Out of the Woods by Marissa Lingen, BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn, and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the previous story in this series.

The From the Archives story with BCS #235 is “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, featuring family and past history not unlike “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.”  

Our anniversary one-day ebook sales ended on Wednesday, but our new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Eight, featuring Catherynne M. Valente, K.J. Parker, Mishell Baker, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Rose Lemberg, Jason Sanford, and more is available at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, and also Weightless Books (containing a 30% coupon for BCS subscriptions and issues).

In nine (!) years of BCS, we’ve published almost 500 stories and 240 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thank you for reading!


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BCS #209, Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue

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

BCS #209, our Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

A.M. Dellamonica, a recent winner of the Aurora Award, offers “The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted,” a young person on a sea visit to challenging new lands. Gregory Norman Bossert, whose BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award in 2013, returns to BCS with “The Wind Shall Blow,” a tale of war-torn border Scotland and a newcomer facing guilt and blame.

Rose Lemberg (“Geometries of Belonging” in BCS #183, “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175, among others) returns to BCS with “The Book of How to Live,” a new story set in their Birdverse world, featuring protagonists from different walks of society drawn together. Michael Anthony Ashley (“Hence the King from Kagehana” in BCS #81, “To Kiss the Granite Choir” in BCS #27) offers “A Courtship of Beasts,” a tale of love and time.

(The Dellamonica and Lemberg 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 183: The Wind Shall Blow by Gregory Norman Bossert, the story of border Scotland. It’s guest narrated by Alasdair Stuart of the Escape Artists podcasts.

The From the Archives story with BCS #209 is “Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” Tori Truslow’s BSFA Award Finalist story of a journey, different walks of society, and love, from BCS #113 and podcast BCS 100. All behind new cover art for our eighth anniversary: “Ambush” by Raphael Lacoste.

There’s also a giveaway for a signed copy of BCS author Carrie Vaughn’s new short fiction collection Amaryllis and Other Stories, in this post. It ends ends Wed. Oct. 5, so enter soon!

Our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy or renew a BCS Ebook Subscription or buy Best of BCS Year Seven at Weightless Books, and you’ll get a free BCS anthology of your choice.

In eight (!) years of BCS, we’ve published over 425 stories and 215 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thank you for reading!


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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Forthcoming, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription during our 200th Issue Subscription Drive! Or a back-issue bundle, or BCS anthologies. We didn’t quite make our second stretch goal, despite a surge on the last day (thank you!), but we blew away our first goal, and our word-count limit for submissions is now 11,000 words. Thank you for making that happen.

Thank you also to all who RT’d or shared or otherwise helped spread word, or bought gift subscriptions for other readers, or tweeted or posted about BCS #200 or stories or podcasts.  That is a great help to us too; reaching readers with our stories and podcasts.

We have many great stories forthcoming this summer and fall, from returning BCS authors and ones new to our pages, including Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert, Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Walter Dinjos, Tony Pi, A.M. Dellamonica, and Claude Lalumière. We hope you enjoy them!

"Tortoise Caravan" by Marek Hlavaty

“Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty


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BCS #200 Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

The final two stories from and bonus podcast from BCS #200, our celebratory double-issue, are live today!

Catherynne M. Valente offers “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” a lushly and wryly voiced tale of a craftsperson driven to ascend in society on their own terms.

Yoon Ha Lee (“Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 & podcast BCS 168, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151among many others) returns to BCS with “Shadow’s Weave,” a tale of a mercenary trying to restore her companion’s shadow.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave, the Yoon Ha Lee tale. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard and BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.

All four of the stories in BCS #200 were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, directly to their e-reader.

Would you like to get BCS issues early, and help us reach our stretch goal to raise our submissions word-count to 12,000 words? Check out our BCS Ebook Subscription Drive at Weightless Books. But do it soon; the Subscription Drive ends Friday!


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BCS #200! Valente, Hurley, Lee, Dickinson, Bonus Podcast, New Cover Art, Subscription Drive

Posted in: 200th Issue by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #200 is out today! A special double-issue in celebration of our 200th issue.

Catherynne M. Valente offers “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” a lushly and wryly voiced tale of a craftsperson driven to ascend in society, on their own terms.

Kameron Hurley shows a science-fantasy culture wrestling with the societal and personal aftermath of war in “The Judgment of Gods and Monsters.”

Yoon Ha Lee (“Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 & podcast BCS 168, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151among many others) returns to BCS with “Shadow’s Weave,” a tale of a mercenary trying to restore her companion’s shadow.

Seth Dickinson (“Our Fire, Given Freely” in BCS #145, “Worth of Crows” in BCS #104 & podcast BCS 090, “The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds” in BCS #85 & podcast BCS 073, among others) offers “Laws of Night and Silk,” a literary epic fantasy of a society’s extreme cost of war made personal.

The Valente and Lee stories won’t go live on the website until next week, but they are available right now in the ebook of BCS #200, at Weightless Books and Kindle.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for BCS #200 is BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk, Seth Dickinson’s tale of a society’s cost of war made personal. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya and BCS 169: Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest by Cat Rambo.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, out next week, will be BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave, Yoon Ha Lee’s tale of a mercenary trying to restore her companion’s lost shadow. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard and BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.

The From the Archives story with BCS #200 is “The Sword of Loving Kindness” by Chris Willrich, a tale of Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone; our very first story, from BCS #1 back in October 2008. What a long and wonderful quest it has been!

We’re celebrating BCS #200 with a BCS Ebook Subscription Drive! To see how subscribers get issues early, what great authors are forthcoming in BCS, and how you can help us reach our goals of raising our word-count limit, visit Weightless Books

All behind new cover art for BCS #200 and beyond: cover art: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.


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BCS Subscription Drive Update: First Goal Unlocked!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Subscription Drive has unlocked its first goal!

To celebrate our 200th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive at WeightlessBooks.com.  (BCS ebook subscriptions are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues, and subscribers get new issues a week before the website.)

Our goal is to get enough new or renewing subscribers that we can raise our word-count limit for submissions.  Our limit, 10,000 words, has always been one of the highest of any online magazine. With your help, we’d like to raise it to 11,000 words, 12,000, or even 15,000.

Yesterday we passed our first goal, 25 new/renewing subscribers. Thank you, all! Effective immediately, BCS has raised our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.

Help us raise it even higher! See the BCS 200th Issue Subscription Drive for details on what you get when you subscribe, some of the great new and returning BCS authors forthcoming in the magazine, and how you can help. Thank you for your support!


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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Back Issue Bundles, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 200th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

UPDATE: our first goal is unlocked! BCS has raised our word-count limit to 11,000 words. Subscribe now, and help us raise it to 12,000 or even 15,000!

BCS ebook subscriptions, available exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com, are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

Forthcoming authors in BCS include Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert (whose first BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award), Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Tony Pi, Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, A.M. Dellamonica, Claude Lalumière, and more.

From now until June 3, if you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you can help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008–200 issues, 419 stories!–over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great for awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions, 10,000 words, has always been among the longest if not the longest of pro-rate online magazines.

With your help, we’d like to make it even longer!

  • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.
  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 12,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 13,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 15,000 words!

Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths.

Subscribe at Weigthless Books

Weightless Books also has the annual Best of BCS anthologies and bundles of BCS back issues, including new epic bundles of 100 and all 200 issues! Delivered straight to your Kindle or smart phone. All proceeds go to pay our artists and authors. Thank you for your support of BCS!


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New Cover Art: “High Above the Savannah,” by Martin Ende

Posted in: 200th Issue, Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #200 next week, a special double-issue to celebrate our 200th issue, featuring Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, Yoon Ha Lee, and Seth Dickinson, (and the BCS #200 ebook out early next Wednesday on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende:

"High Above the Savannah" by Martin Ende


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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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