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New Best of BCS Year Five Out Early at Weightless Books

Posted in: BCS Anthologies by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionOur new best-of ebook anthology The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Five will be released in September.

It features such authors as Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Adam Callaway, David D. Levine, Tori Truslow, Gregory Norman Bossert, and many more; one story that was a finalist for the BSFA Awards and another that one the World Fantasy Award.

And it’s available right now, on special early release at Weightless Books!

Get seventeen great BCS stories delivered straight to your e-reader or smart phone, or an elegant PDF to read on your computer, for only $3.99, and support BCS at the same time. All proceeds go to pay our authors and artists for their work.


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Pale” by Kathryn Allen

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 005: Pale by Kathryn Allen, a unique Weird Western from back in April 2010.

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 005: Pale by Kathryn Allen is introduced by author Marie Brennan, novelist (including A Natural History of Dragons, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award) and short story writer (more than forty stories, including seven in BCS and our podcast), pointing out several interesting twists in “Pale” and how it confronts and subverts several common tropes, including the Woman in Refrigerator role.

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 Rajan Khanna, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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BCS #154 – Darbyshire, Ramey, Haynes Podcast, Perdue Audio Vault

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #154 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author (and returning character) and a new one, and new podcast, Audio Vault, and From the Archives stories.

Peter Darbyshire and his avenging gunslinger angel Azrael (“The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies” in BCS #102 and podcast BCS 087, “The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” in BCS #76) return with “The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust,” in which Azrael arrives in a town of eerie celebrants.

Stephen V. Ramey offers “Seeing,” set in a world where seers use poisonous spider bites to activate their sight, following a young seeress dispatched into a household stirring with social politics.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 132: Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land, Michael Haynes’s story from BCS #153 of a young man on a quest of yearning.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “A Song of Blackness” by Nancy Fulda, from BCS #106, a tale of similar compulsive yearning not unlike “Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land.”

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 004: Precious Meat by Catherine S. Perdue, from back in 2008. It’s introduced by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, whose narrations have appeared in BCS (BCS 110: Ill-Met at Midnight by David Tallerman) and others, pointing out the unique audio rendition of this story that made this podcast stick with him.

All underneath a new view of our cover art, “Pillars” by Czech artist Tomas Honz.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere: Ann Leckie Wins Hugo Award; Kerem Beyit Wins Chesley

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

Congratulations to BCS author (and podcast narrator) Ann Leckie (“Beloved of the Sun” in BCS #54, and narrator of BCS 127: We, As One, Trailing Embers by E. Catherine Tobler in BCS #147) for winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel for Ancillary Justice!

Also, congratulations to past BCS artist Kerem Beyit (“Into the Unknown,” cover art for Winter 2011), who won the Chesley Award (the Hugos of the F/SF art world) for Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book for his cover art on BCS author Chris Willrich‘s Gaunt & Bone fantasy novel The Scroll of Years, published by Pyr.

And congratulations to all the other winners and finalists!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Precious Meat” by Catherine S. Perdue

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 004: Precious Meat by Catherine S. Perdue, from back in December 2008.

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 004: Precious Meat by Catherine S. Perdue features audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, who narrated BCS 110: Ill-Met at Midnight by David Tallerman, pointing out the unique audio rendition of “Precious Meat” that made this podcast stick with him.

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 RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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Slush Update, 08/10/14

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before July 1, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Jul. 1 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.


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BCS #153 – Haynes, Halpern, Wilde Podcast, Hoover Audio Vault Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #153 is out today, featuring stories of family sacrifice.

Michael Haynes (“The Barber and the Count” in BCS #119 and podcast BCS 102) returns to BCS with “Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land,” a quest of yearning, and Rachel Halpern offers “Make No Promises,” a lifetime of seeking.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “Over a Narrow Sea” by Camille Alexa from BCS #60, a story of family seeking not unlike “Make No Promises.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 131: The Topaz Marquise, Fran Wilde’s story from BCS #152 about a jeweler struggling to handle a strange gem.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features the Weird West story BCS Audio Vault 003: Haxan, by Kenneth Mark Hoover, from back in 2009. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the ethos behind the story’s protagonist, who is also the protagonist in a series of further stories and in a new novel, likewise titled Haxan, out from CZP/Harper Collins last month.

All underneath new cover art, “Pillars” by Czech artist Tomas Honz, a strangely sparse and haunting vista dominated by unexplained monoliths.


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New Cover Art: “Pillars,” by Tomas Honz

Posted in: Cover Art, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #153 this Thursday (and the BCS #153 ebook available on Kindle and Weightless Books right now), our new cover art will be “Pillars” by Tomas Honz:

"Pillars" by Tomas Honz


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Yoachim, Howard, Tobler

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Kat Howard again, likewise in the August Lightspeed

Congratulations, all!


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