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!
BCS #183, our Seventh Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!
It includes “The Bride Doll,” a Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks (“The Sorrow of Rain” in BCS #157, “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131, and ten other stories), and “Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg, set in the same world as her BCS stories “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175 and “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80.
Plus two more stories: “The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir (“On the Origin of Song” in BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue) and “The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler.
The Lemberg and Heisler 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 will be BCS 159 The Sons of Vincente by I.L. Heisler, released next week.
The ‘From the Archives’ story is “A Place to Stand” by Grace Seybold, in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079, a tale of shifting time-frames not unlike “The Four Schools.” All behind new cover art for our seventh anniversary: “Sundown” by Feliks Grzesiczek.
Our Seventh Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Six 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.)
There’s also a giveaway for a copy of BCS author Mathrew Kressel’s new novel King of Shards. It shares the desert world of his BCS stories, “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133 and “The Suffering Gallery” in BCS #57 and podcast BCS 050. The giveaway is in this post. It ends ends Wed. Oct. 7, so enter soon!
In seven (!) years of BCS, we’ve published over 375 stories and 175 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thanks so much for reading!
BCS #157, #158, and #159 were reviewed last weekend by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including multiple stories lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.
From BCS #157 (our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue), she called “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks, “A moving, simple story in a setting that evokes a scene on a painted scroll. Recommended.“
“Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker she says is “...told in the author’s usual wry and witty narrative voice. The concluding theme turns out to be truth and the utility of a lie... I look forward to more of these. Recommended.”
In “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard, “readers will suspect (the narrator) of planning revenge... but the story takes a different path. Readers familiar with the author’s recent work will recognize... the same concern with ancestral heritage and the gynocentric family structure.”
From BCS #158, of “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert, she says “There’s a strong mythic tone here... The story is a tragedy, the destruction of an innocent in the course of a struggle between two greater enemies.” Of “The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab, “The rugmaker’s sin is a personal one... The scale is domestic, not dynastic. And some of the characters, at least, manage to find a manner of peace in the end, if not actual happiness or joy.”
And in BCS #159, “The Burned Man,” by Hannah Strom-Martin “A tale of treachery and vengeance. The author leaves the narrator’s response as a mystery to readers – will he take the lesson or will he continue to pursue his own perilous love?”
The final two 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.
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!
Starting with BCS #157 next week, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue featuring Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, and Aliette de Bodard (and the BCS #157 ebook out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet:
Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:
- Laura E. Price (“The Drowned Man” in BCS #120) with a story likewise featuring the Teachout sisters in the September Giganotosaurus
- Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point,” forthcoming in BCS late this fall) in the September Lightspeed
Gregory Norman Bossert’s story “The Telling” from BCS #109, which won the World Fantasy Award last year, is now an audio podcast at Podcastle, the fantasy short fiction podcast. Listen to it there if you haven’t read it yet, or even if you have.
“The Telling” also leads off our new best-of ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Five, which also includes stories by Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Tori Truslow, David D. Levine, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew.
It comes out Sept. 10, but it’s available right now on special early release at Weightless Books. Pick up a copy today to read “The Telling” and sixteen other great BCS stories, and support BCS at the same time.
Gregory Norman Bossert also has a new novelette forthcoming in BCS next month, “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light.” Look for it and our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue next month!
BCS #131 , our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, was reviewed last week by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton.
She had high praise for four of the stories, which she said were all worthy of her Recommended rating. Of Richard Parks’s “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls“: “An excellent tale... of reincarnation, karma, and promises. The author’s seemingly effortless mastery of this material is what makes it work so well.”
Of Adam Callaway’s “Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper“: “The final image is quite striking, a sketch of love made with admirable economy of line. There is, in this world, little to love, but the denizens only love all the more what they have.”
“The Coffinmaker’s Love” by Alberto Yáñez she called “A love story that readers may find heartbreaking. I particularly like the image of the coffin as marriage bed”, and “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir she said was “A poignant account of a repressed people in search of liberation.”