2013, 2014 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
Out today is a new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 003: Haxan by Kenneth Mark Hoover.
The BCS Audio Vault showcases past stories from the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor, or narrator.
BCS Audio Vault 003: Haxan by Kenneth Mark Hoover features the author introducing his Weird Western story from BCS #13 back in 2009.
A second story in the same series, “High Moon,” later appeared in BCS #32, and CZP/Harper Collins just last month published Mr. Hoover’s novel set in this series, also titled Haxan. A second novel will be out in 2015.
In Mr. Hoover’s introduction, he discusses the ethos behind the protagonist of the story and the novel, US Marshall John Marwood, and his eternal struggle and burden.
To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, and Seth Dickinson and introductions by Marie Brennan, Rajan Khanna, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.
BCS Ebook Subscription Price IncreaseJuly 30, 2014 - 08:59 amPosted in: BCS Ebooks by Scott H. Andrews
The price of our BCS ebook subscriptions, available through our ebook partner WeightlessBooks.com, is unfortunately going up.
It’s currently $13.99 for 26 issues/a whole year, 56 stories. That’s a great deal; less than 25 cents per story. The price will be going up to $15.99; still less than 30 cents a story, and $10 cheaper than buying all the single issues. The increase will take effect Aug. 13.
We’re announcing this increase early so that any readers who want to subscribe, or want to renew their current subscription, can do so now, at the lower price.
Ebook subscribers get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone (any device with an email address), and they get new issues a week early, before the website. Ebook subscriptions are also a great way to support BCS–all proceeds go to pay our artists and authors. Current subscribers can renew their existing subscription at any time, regardless of when it expires.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a BCS ebook subscription or renewing your existing subscription, do so before Aug. 13 and save!
BCS #152 is live today, featuring two authors new to BCS and another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault.
Fran Wilde, whose debut fantasy novel is due from Tor next year, offers “The Topaz Marquise,” in which a jeweler trying to craft a masterwork must reckon with a hasty purchase. Sylvia Anna Hiven gives “What Needs to Burn,” a Weird Western in a strange town run by a strange person and home to a strange creature.
Our ‘From the Archives’ story is “Red Dirt” by Ian McHugh, from BCS #58, a dark story of strange things inhabiting a strange place, with a feel not unlike “What Needs to Burn.”
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on hiatus for one more issue, but continuing this week is our new podcast: The BCS Audio Vault, featuring another classic episode of our two-time Parsec Award-finalist podcast introduced by a special guest author, editor, or narrator.
The second episodes of The BCS Audio Vault is “One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly, from BCS #97 back in June 2012. It’s introduced by the author, discussing how the story was inspired by an Icelandic folk tale and the extrapolations it raised, as well as one particularly expressive cat.
Coming next issue: two stories of life journeys, a new episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, another new episode of The BCS Audio Vault, and new cover art.
Several BCS authors have fiction or poetry appearing elsewhere this month:
Out today is a new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 002: One Ear Back by Tina Connolly.
The BCS Audio Vault showcases past stories from our two-time Parsec Award-finalist BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor or narrator.
BCS Audio Vault 002: One Ear Back by Tina Connolly features the author introducing her story from BCS #97 back in 2012.
She also narrated the podcast reading, and in her introduction, she discusses how “One Ear Back” was inspired by an Icelandic folk tale and the life questions it raised, and by one particularly expressive cat.
Check out BCS Audio Vault 002: One Ear Back to hear Tina Connolly’s fascinating comments on her story and hear her narration of it.
To hear more episodes every fortnight, which will include stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, and Seth Dickinson and introductions by Marie Brennan, Rajan Khanna, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.
This weekend BCS will be at Detcon, this year’s NASFIC con (held in years that WorldCon is held outside of North America). Scott is on several panels, all on Saturday, about subjects dear to his heart, including magazines, heavy metal, and beer:
12pm, Saturday July 19
- The State of the Science Fiction Magazine Market, including Leah Bobet of Ideomancer, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and BCS author Michael Haynes
3pm, Saturday July 19
4pm, Saturday July 19
- Good, Bad, Ugly: SF/F Cover Art & Design, including BCS author Saladin Ahmed
5pm, Saturday July 19
- Science Fiction and Heavy Metal
Elsewise he will be in the halls or bar, with the requisite stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards. Feel free to say hello!
Forthcoming BCS author Sam J. Miller, whose dark fantasy/machine-punk story “Alloy Point” will appear in BCS late this fall, has won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for best short story.
Congratulations! We look forward to your BCS story!
Slush Update, 07/15/14July 15, 2014 - 03:50 pmPosted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews
All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 15, 2014 have now been replied to.
If you sent a submission on or before Jun. 15 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.
We really mean this–go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.
The World Fantasy Award nominees were announced last night, and BCS is represented again, this year with one finalist, your humble Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, me (Scott H. Andrews), for Special Award–Non-Professional.
But a bunch of BCS authors are finalists for other work:
Congratulations, all! And thanks very much to all who found the magazine and my work on it worthy.