250th Issue
BCS Issue #250 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

Posted in: 250th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription during our 250th Issue Subscription Drive!

We made our stretch goal, with a big surge on the last day (thank you!), and our word-count limit for submissions is now 15,000 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 #250 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 K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. We hope you enjoy them!


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BCS #250! Parker, Parks, Ronald, Stufflebeam, Bonus Podcast, New Cover Art, Subscription Drive

Posted in: 250th Issue by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #250 is out today! A special double-issue in celebration of our 250th issue.

K.J. Parker (“Told By An Idiot,” our 400th story, in Issue #192; “Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, Six Anniversary Double-Issue) returns to BCS with “The Thought That Counts,” a classically Parker tale of wry erudite first-person, deft plot turns, and profound relationships.

Richard Parks (over 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 his new series devil-hunters in an ancient China, begun in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 and “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts” in BCS #235 and podcast BCS 203, with “An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village.”

Margaret Ronald (“The Governess and the Lobster” in BCS #95, “Salvage” in BCS #77, among many others) returns to BCS with a fourth story in her series of war-veteran Arthur Swift and the kobold detective Mieni, “Silence in Blue Glass,” set at an earlier reunion of theirs.

Bonne Jo Stufflebeam, whose most recent BCS story, “The Orangery,” was a finalist for the Nebula Awards, returns to BCS with “Angry Kings,” a tale of fables and family and expectations.

The Parks and Ronald stories won’t go live on the website until next week, but they are available right now in the ebook of BCS #250, at Weightless Books and Kindle.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for BCS #250 is BCS 216: The Thought That Counts, K.J. Parker’s tale of a wry first-person narrator negotiating obstacles legal and lethal. It’s guest-narrated by Heath Miller, who narrated BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery by Catherynne M. Valente from BCS #200.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, out next week, is BCS 217: An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village, the latest tale in Richard Parks’s new series. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of many past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, including the previous two Parks tales in this series: BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.

 

The From the Archives story with BCS #250 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200, a sweeping tale of a richly voiced first-person narrator and their exploits and relationships via crafting magical glass eyes.

We’re celebrating BCS #250 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 #250 and beyond: “Legendary Passage” by .


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BCS Issue #250 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: 250th Issue, Subscription Drive, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 250th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

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

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Subscribe now and you’ll get early access to new stories by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. Plus a Tenth Anniversary Double-Issue, two guest-narrated podcasts with BCS #250, awe-inspiring cover art, and more.

From now until May 11, 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 2008–250 issues, 525 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 has always been among the longest of pro-rate online magazines, and last year as a goal unlocked by our 2017 Subscription Drive, we made it even longer: 14,000 words.

With your help, this year we’d like to make it longer still!

  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 15,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 18,000 words.
  • At 250 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 20,000 words!

If you’d like to support BCS but you’re not interested in ebooks, please consider donating. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible.

We have ‘subscription’ donation options where you can donate a small amount every month. From now until May 11, every new monthly donor who signs up, we will count you in our Subscription Drive’s tally of new subscribers, and you will be helping us toward our Drive goals.

Every subscription and donation makes a difference in helping us pay our authors for their great stories. Thank you for your support of BCS!


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