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BCS #159 – Files, Strom-Martin, MacNab Podcast, Kressel Audio Vault

Posted in: Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #159 is now out, featuring dark stories by two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a huge fantasy anthology.

Gemma Files (“A Feast for Dust” in BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114) returns to BCS with “Drawn Up From Deep Places,” a new novelette of her haunted sea captain Jerusalem Parry, who also appeared in “Two Captains” in BCS #125. Hannah Strom-Martin (“Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “The Burned Man,” a darkly acute fable of life choices and their consequences.

BCS 138: The Rugmaker’s Lovers by Brynn MacNab is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, a dark fable from BCS #158. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, ofttimes BCS podcast narrator and author of another dark fable, “The Nine-Tailed Cat” from BCS #70 and podcast BCS 062

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “In the Gardens of the Night” by Siobhan Carroll, from BCS #74, a tale of palace intrigue and acute choices not unlike “The Burned Man,” but from a different perspective.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 008: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, a tale of a powerful demon clashing with her underling and the human who battles her to rescue his son. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the evolution of the setting (also featured in “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133) and the story’s exploration of the demons’ and humans’ personal relationships.

We are also giving away a signed copy of the new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, which features four stories from BCS and nine other stories by BCS authors. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wednesday Nov. 5!

Next issue, look for lighter tales, including a strange one from returning BCS author M. Bennardo (“The Penitent” in BCS #122,“After Compline, Silence Falls” in BCS #107, and others)…


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Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Anthology Giveaway

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

A great new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry comes out next week, featuring four stories from BCS and nine other great stories by BCS authors, and we’re giving away a copy.

This anthology includes BCS stories by Richard Parks, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Saladin Ahmed, as well as other stories by BCS authors K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, Chris Willrich, Tony Pi, Matthew David Surridge, Genevieve Valentine, and many more.

It has twenty-five stories overall; plus an introduction written by me, BCS Editor-in-Chief Scott H. Andrews, in which I pontificate on classic fantasy takes on warriors and wizards and how, in the hands of skilled authors like all those above, those classic takes have evolved and broadened to include varied peoples and lands and to offer an examination of what it means to be who these characters are.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite warrior or wizard character from BCS. Any warrior or wizard, from any BCS story.

Your comment 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. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wed. Nov. 5!

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories featuring warriors and/or wizards, beginning with the four that are in this anthology:

Fox Bones. Many Uses.” by Alex Dally MacFarlane (BCS #95)

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed (BCS #15)

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #144, podcast BCS 124)

Lady of the Ghost Willow” by Richard Parks (BCS #53)

 

How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich (BCS #99, podcast BCS 077)

From the Spices of Sanandira” by Bradley P. Beaulieu (BCS #70)

Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” by Aliette de Bodard (BCS #45, podcast BCS 041)

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (BCS #155, podcast BCS 133)

The Three Feats of Agani” by Christie Yant (BCS #100, podcast BCS 086)

 Good luck!

Full rules for The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Nov. 5, 2014. 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 copy of The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry 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 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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More BCS Authors Elsewhere – Wilde, Kabza, Larson, Hiven

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Still more BCS authors have stories appearing in other magazines lately:

  • Rich Larson (“The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119, and a new story “The King in the Cathedral” forthcoming next year) in the 4th Q 2014 Abyss & Apex 
  • Fran Wilde (“The Topaz Marquise” in BSC #152 and podcast BCS 131) with flash fiction also in the 4th Q 2014 Abyss & Apex
  • Sylvia Anna Hiven (“What Needs to Burn” in BCS #152, and a new story “The Sixth Day” forthcoming next year) in the October 2014 Perihelion Science Fiction

Congratulations, all!


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Recent Acceptances, 10/27/14

Posted in: Recent Acceptances by Scott H. Andrews

Some recent acceptances from the past few months at Beneath Ceaseless Skies:

“Madonna,” by Bruce McAllister 

“Everything Beneath You,” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam    

“A Screech of Gulls,” by Alyc Helms

 

“Two To Leave,” by Yoon Ha Lee

“The King in the Cathedral,” by Rich Larson

The first three authors are new to BCS, but the last two–

–have appeared in BCS before.

Congratulations all!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Suffering Gallery” by Matthew Kressel

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: 008: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, a tale of epic surroundings and struggle with personal relationships at its core, from BCS #57 back in 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 008: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel is introduced by the author, explaining the genesis of the setting, its connection to other stories including “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133 and to a forthcoming novel, and the story’s tone and exploration of relationships between a demon and her subservients.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Marie Brennan, Tina Connolly, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, 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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Slush Update, 10/23/14

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before September 22, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Sept. 22 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 Authors Elsewhere – Dickinson, Bossert, Arkenberg

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

Several BCS authors have stories appearing in other magazines this month:

Congratulations!


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BCS #158 – Bossert, MacNab, Clare Podcast, de Bodard Audio Vault

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

BCS #158 is now out, featuring a new story by a World Fantasy Award winner, a guest-narrated podcast, and Audio Vault and From the Archives stories.

Gregory Norman Bossert (“The Telling” in BCS #109, winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Story) returns to BCS with “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light,” a novelette of nested tales spanning decades in the lifetime of several extraordinary characters.

Brynn MacNab makes a BCS debut with “The Rugmaker’s Lovers,” a darkly acute fable of life choices and their consequences.

BCS 137: Butterfly House by Gwendolyn Clare is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has read a number of previous episodes, including BCS 124: Golden Daughter, Stone Wife by Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is Gregory Norman Bossert’s World Fantasy Award-winner “The Telling,” a different type of setting and feel than “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” but just as rich and profound, with a mystery that remains unresolved until the final line.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 007: Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood by Aliette de Bodard, an Aztec steampunk tale from back in 2010. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the genesis of the Aztec setting extrapolated to a steampunk and post-war age.

Next issue, look for dark tales from two returning BCS authors, and another guest-narrated podcast…


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K.J. Parker Signed Hardback Story Collection Giveaway: on Twitter, Tues. 10/14

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

Bestselling author K.J. Parker (the ‘Engineer’ trilogy of Devices and Desires, Evil for Evil, The Escapement, among other trilogies), who has also published a number of brilliant short stories and won the World Fantasy Award for novella two years in a row, appears in BCS this week with a new story “Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue.

In celebration, we are giving away a copy of Parker’s signed, hardback limited-edition short fiction collection Academic Exercises.

Academic Exercises is a gorgeous hardback limited edition that runs over 500 pages and includes the World Fantasy Award-winning novellas “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong.”

This giveaway will take place Tuesday Oct. 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 K.J. Parker story or novella is. Whether “Heaven Thunders the Truth” or one from another magazine or anthology. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are a few K.J. Parker story links:

Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157

Let Maps to Others” in Subterranean

A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” in Subterranean

K.J. Parker Wikipedia page, which lists a dozen others

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed K.J. Parker hardback Academic Exercises 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 K.J. Parker. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction by K.J. Parker will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Oct. 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).

Any person who has won any previous giveaway from BCS in September 2014 or October 2014 is not eligible to win.

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 Academic Exercises 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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