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Slush Update, 08/31/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before July 20, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before July 20 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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New Best of BCS Year Seven Anthology Out Early at Weightless Books (and on sale!)

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, BCS Ebooks, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionOur new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Seven is out early today at WeightlessBooks.com, with a free extra as part of our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale!

Best of BCS, Year Seven contains eighteen great stories from the seventh year of BCS, by authors such as K.J. Parker, Carrie Vaughn, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Richard Parks, and Gemma Files. It includes “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, a finalist for the 2015 Nebula Awards.

Best of BCS, Year Seven is available early exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com. It costs only $3.99, and all proceeds go to pay BCS authors and artists for their work.

Buy now and, as part of our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale at Weightless Books, you’ll also get a free second BCS anthology of your choice!

Choose from all our other Best of BCS anthologies (which include multiple stories by Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee, Marie Brennan, Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, E. Catherine Tobler, and more) or our theme anthologies Ceaseless West and Ceaseless Steam. Get two convenient ebooks of great BCS stories for the price of one, and help support the magazine at the same time.


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BCS on Notable Stories Longlist for Best American SF&F

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

Two BCS stories were named to the list of Notable Stories for the second volume the new anthology series Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy!

  • Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn, from BCS #169 and podcast BCS 146 (also to appear in the new Best of BCS Year Seven anthology, out next month!)

The list of Notable Stories also features many BCS authors for their stories in other venues, including KameronHurley, Rahul Kanakia, Rich Larson, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker, E. Catherine Tobler, Rachel SwirskyCaroline M. Yoachim, Genevieve Valentine, Catherynne M. Valente, and Yoon Ha Lee.

This year’s volume of BASFF was edited by Karen Joy Fowler, and the series is edited by John Joseph Adams. Last year, “The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram, from BCS #150 and podcast BCS 130 was named to the Notable Stories list.


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “And Blow Them at the Moon” by Marie Brennan

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 025: And Blow Them at the Moon by Marie Brennan, read by T.D. Edge. Like her new BCS story “To Rise No More” appearing in BCS #207 next week, it’s set in the world of her Onyx Court historical fairie novels.

BCS Audio Vault 025: And Blow Them at the Moon is introduced by the author, explaining how she works the plots of her Onyx Court historical fairie novels and stories into history without sidelining the actions taken by real people.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, 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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BCS #206 – Lalumière, Sim, Künsken Archives

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

BCS #206 is out today, featuring two authors new to BCS.

Claude Lalumière visits an alternate North America and French Canada in “The Patchwork Procedure,” a high-flying espionage caper with a protagonist facing a dilemma of loyalty.

Jeremy Sim follows children escaping military oppression in “What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant,” a tale featuring confrontations of will via a board game.

The From the Archives story with BCS #206 is  “The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, from BCS #84, a spy caper not unlike “The Patchwork Procedure” but set in an alternate Renaissance Genoa.

All behind a new crop of our summer cover art, “Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty:

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year and from 2015, including two recently named finalists for the 2016 Parsec Awards, F/SF highest awards for podcasting: BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher.


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Slush Update, 08/16/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 28, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before June 28 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 at Worldcon 2016

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

This weekend BCS will be at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), in Kansas City!

I am on two panels, including one about magazines:

Navigating Online Calls for Writing, Fri 11:00, 3501D (KCCC). How to navigate the minefield of calls for writing online.

Writing The Near Future, Fri 16:00, 2206 (KCCC). What are some of the specific challenges associated with writing about the day after tomorrow?

I’ll also be at the Hugo reception and ceremony, and I’m planning on the Hugo Losers’ Party. :) (It’s an honor just to be nominated!)

I’ll have flyers featuring cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet and Martin Ende, from BCS #200, and postcards for the not-even-announced-yet anthology Best of BCS Year Seven. Feel free to drop by any of the panels or catch me at the bar!


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BCS Podcast a Finalist for Two Parsec Awards

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

Two episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast are finalists for the 2016 Parsec Awards!

BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, is a finalist for Best Short Story–Small Cast.  It is a sequel to BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, likewise narrated by John Meagher, which was a Parsec finalist last year.

BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring Michael J. DeLuca, Tina Connolly, and Bill Powell, is a finalist for Best Short Story: Large Cast.

The Parsec Awards are the highest awards in F/SF podcasting. The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast was a finalist in 2012 for Best Magazine podcast, and BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow, a special large-cast reading for our 100th episode, was a finalist in 2013. 

Congratulations!


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BCS #205 – Ordoñez, Murray, Upshaw Archives, New Cover Art

Posted in: Cover Art, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #205 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author and a new one.

Raphael Ordoñez (“The Scale-Tree” in BCS #178, “Day of the Dragonfly” in BCS #165, “At the Edge of the Sea” in BCS #144 and podcast BCS 125, and “Misbegotten” in BCS #113 and podcast BCS 097, among others) returns to BCS with “Salt and Sorcery,” a new story set in a similar strange world as many of his previous BCS stories.

Samantha Murray offers “A Deeper Green,” a tale of duty and sacrifice and society.

The From the Archives story with BCS #205 is “Breathing Sunshine” by Garth Upshaw, from BCS #64 and podcast BCS 056, a tale of unlikely companions in a drive to help others, not unlike “Salt and Sorcery.”

All behind new cover art: “Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty:

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year and from 2015, including BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, a sequel to BCS 133: No Sweeter Art that last year was named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.


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