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Cat Rambo Signed Beasts of Tabat Novel and Story Collection Giveaways

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

In conjunction with Cat Rambo’s story “Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, we’re giving away two signed, personalized copies of her books: one of her brand new novel Beasts of Tabat, set in the same world as “Primaflora’s Journey” and many of her other stories, and one of her newest short fiction collection Near + Far.

The giveaway for Near + Far will be held Tuesday Apr. 14 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine.  Details are here.

The giveaway for Beasts of Tabat is right here in this post. To enter, comment on this post and say what your favorite fantasy creature or beast is, from any BCS story.

That will enter you in a random drawing for the book. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.) This giveaway ends Wed. Apr. 8.

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories that have interesting creatures or beasts in them:

Primaflora’s Journey” and “Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo

The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman

The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” by Richard Parks (and many others)

Pheth’s Aviary” and “The Suffering Gallery” by Matthew Kressel

The Bonedrake’s Penance”by Yoon Ha Lee

Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping”by Geoffrey Maloney

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Cat Rambo Beasts of Tabat giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Beasts of Tabat Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a creature or beast from a story that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention some creature or beast from a story that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Apr. 8, 2015. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of Beasts of Tabat will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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Cat Rambo Signed Near + Far Story Collection Giveaway on Twitter

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

In conjunction with Cat Rambo’s story “Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, we’re giving away two signed, personalized copies of her books: one of her brand new novel Beasts of Tabat, set in the same world as “Primaflora’s Journey” and many of her other stories, and one of her newest short fiction collection Near + Far.

The giveaway for Beasts of Tabat is in this post here.

The giveaway for Near + Far will take place Tuesday Apr. 14 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite Cat Rambo short story is. From her stories in BCS or anywhere else.

To get you started, here are a few of Cat Rambo’s stories:

Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170

Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151

Love, Resurrected” in BCS #65 and podcast BCS 058

Narrative of a Beast’s Life” on Kindle

A full list on her website

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Cat Rambo Near + Far Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention the title of a work of short fiction by Cat Rambo. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction by Cat Rambo will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Apr. 14. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you post more than one eligible tweet).

You must tweet your tweet from a a valid Twitter account (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of Near + Far will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter or anyone else. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!


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BCS Stories in Year’s Best SF & F 2015

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Two BCS stories have been selected for The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, edited by Rich Horton:

Congratulations! 

Mr. Horton in his introduction also has high praise for BCS:

Clarkesworld publishes almost solely science fiction, and Lightspeed publishes an even mixture of science fiction and fantasy, so it can be argued that another online ’zine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is the top fantasy magazine online, and the two outstanding stories from there in this book should support that argument.

Thank you!!

The anthology also features other stories by BCS authors Genevieve Valentine (“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere” in BCS #78, among others), Tom Crosshill (“Bearslayer and the Black Knight” in BCS #92 and podcast BCS 080, among others), Rachel Swirsky (“Great, Golden Wings” in BCS #28 and podcast BCS 027), and Yoon Ha Lee (“The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS #143 Science-Fantasy Month 2, among many others, and a new story “Two to Leave” forthcoming in BCS this spring) .


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New Cover Art: “Twisted Mountain Valley,” by Christopher Balaskas

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #170 next week, which features Cat Rambo and Heather Clitheroe, and the BCS #170 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books, our new cover art for Spring will be “Twisted Mountain Valley,” by Christopher Balaskas:

"Twisted Mountain Valley" by Christopher Balaskas


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Lingen, Walters, Cato, Wilde

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

More BCS authors with stories appearing in other magazines this month:

  • Marissa Lingen (“Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “A House of Gold and Steel” in BCS #162 last December, among several others, and a new story “Out of the Rose Hills” forthcoming this summer) in the March Lightspeed

Congratulations, all!


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Slush Update, 03/24/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before February 17, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Feb. 17 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 #169 – Vaughn, Hivén, Vaughn Podcast, de Bodard Audio Vault

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, From the Archives, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #169 is out today, featuring two stories of characters trying to leave their situations, plus a guest-narrated podcast and a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault.

Carrie Vaughn, bestselling novelist of the Kitty Norville series and other novels and award-winning short fiction writer, offers “Sun, Stone, Spear,” a tale of two eager young people leaving their village behind to strive for something more.

Sylvia Anna Hivén (“What Needs to Burn” in BCS #152) returns to BCS with “The Sixth Day,” another tale of a character striving for something more, although this character’s situation is rapidly constricting around her. 

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn, guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus by Tamara Vardomskaya and BCS 137: Butterfly House by Gwendolyn Clare.

The From the Archives story with BCS #169 is “Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater, from BCS #118, a tale of two characters trekking in order to find something more in their lives, not unlike “Sun, Stone, Spear.”

The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #169 is BCS Audio Vault 016: Blighted Heart by Aliette de Bodard. It’s introduced by the author, explaining her particular fondness for the story–one of the first shorter pieces she wrote–and her first foray into Aztec culture, and its themes of duty and sacrifice and paying the cost for actions taken.


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the World Fantasy Awards are open! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past two years, BCS has been a finalist for four WFAs, two in short fiction and two for Special Award – Non-Professional, and won the 2013 WFA for for Short Fiction.

For any BCS readers interested in nominating, here are details on how you can nominate, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2014, Washington DC) or in 2013 (Brighton, UK), or are a member this year (2015, Saratoga Springs, NY), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes on May 31, 2015.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2015 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find the ballot in several different file formats, including PDF and DOC.  Unlike two years ago, it looks like there is no online nomination form. But as in past years, in addition to snail-mailing paper ballots, nominations may be submitted by email, to rturner@arctera.com.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2014, which is BCS #138 through BCS #163, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2014, and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks (named to the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (voted a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker (named to the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert (whose previous BCS story “The Telling” won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ other stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for your interest in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in. Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

 

Alloy Point” by Sam J. Miller

Until The Moss Has Reached Our Lips” by Matt Jones

A House of Gold and Steel” by Marissa Lingen

Goatskin” by K.C. Norton

 

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

 

The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard

Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss

The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust” by Peter Darbyshire

 

Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land” by Michael Haynes

The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde

What Needs to Burn” by Sylvia Anna Hiven

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

 

The Manor of Lost Time” by Richard Parks (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram

Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” by Vylar Kaftan

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater

 

The Use and the Need” by M. Bennardo

Celestial Venom” by Garnett Elliot

We, As One, Trailing Embers” by E. Catherine Tobler

Here Be Monsters” by Carrie Patel

 

The Lighthouse Keepers” by Nicole M. Taylor

At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (finalist for the Nebula Award)

 

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham

Atonement” by Alec Austin

Evensong, Having Been Answered” by Dean Wells

 

Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart

Our Fire, Given Freely” by Seth Dickinson

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

 

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Seeing” by Stephen V. Ramey

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Novella (longer than 10,000 words):

 

Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker (2014 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Written on the Hides of Foxes” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Goddess Deception” by Dean Wells

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Blighted Heart” by Aliette de Bodard

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 016: Blighted Heart by Aliette de Bodard, a tale of duty and sacrifice and cost in an Aztec-influenced world.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining her particular fondness for the story, one of the first shorter pieces she wrote, and her first foray into Aztec culture, and its themes of duty and sacrifice and paying the cost for actions taken.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, 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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