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BCS #152 – Wilde, Hiven, Connolly BCS Audio Vault Podcast

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

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.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Lee, Sriduangkaew, Lemberg, Howard

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have fiction or poetry appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Kat Howard (“The Calendar of Saints” in BCS #79) in Unlikely Story, with both fiction and an author interview

Congratulations, all!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault Podcast: Tina Connolly

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut 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 RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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BCS at NASFIC Detcon This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

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!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Sam J. Miller Wins Shirley Jackson Award

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

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! 


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Slush Update, 07/15/14

Posted 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.


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BCS & Authors World Fantasy Award Finalists

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

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.


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BCS #151 – Rambo, Marshall, Willrich Giveaway, BCS Audio Vault Podcast

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

BCS #151 is out today, featuring two stories of characters undertaking journeys to find themselves.

Cat Rambo (“Love, Resurrected” in BCS #65 and podcast BCS 058) offers “Rappaccini’s Crow,” a tale of a displaced veteran in a facility, dealing with scars physical and otherwise. Helen Marshall appears in BCS for the first time with “Crossroads and Gateways,” a hunter hunting his past, his destiny, and his future.

Our ‘From the Archives’ story is “Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker from BCS #47, featuring a protagonist facing struggles not unlike the ones in “Rappaccini’s Crow.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on hiatus for a couple issues, but premiering this week is our new podcast: The BCS Audio Vault, which features classic episodes of our two-time Parsec Award-finalist podcast each introduced by a special guest author, editor or narrator. 

The premiere episode of the BCS Audio Vault is Chris Willrich’s story “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” from BCS #99 in July 2012, introduced by Hugo Award-winning editor of Pyr books and middle-grade fantasy author Lou Anders.  Lou first encountered Chris’s fiction here in BCS and liked it so much that he acquired three of Chris’s adventure fantasy novels for Pyr Books. His perspective on Chris’s work makes for a fascinating introduction to the story.

In conjunction with this premiere episode of The BCS Audio Vault, 001: How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move, we’re giving away a signed copy of Chris Willrich’s new second novel, The Silk Map, set in the same fantasy world. Enter the giveaway here.

Coming next issue: two authors new to BCS, with two dark stories, and another new episode of The BCS Audio Vault.


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A New BCS Podcast: The BCS Audio Vault

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

The BCS Audio VaultBCS is launching a new podcast: The BCS Audio Vault!

The BCS Audio Vault will feature classic episodes of our two-time Parsec Award-finalist BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor or narrator. 

The premiere episode of the BCS Audio Vault is Chris Willrich’s story “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” from BCS #99 back in July 2012.

It’s introduced by Hugo Award-winning editor of Pyr books and middle-grade fantasy author Lou Anders.  Lou first encountered Chris’s fiction here in BCS and liked it so much that he acquired three of Chris’s adventure fantasy novels for Pyr Books. His perspective on Chris’s work, and on “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” in particular, makes for a fascinating introduction to the story. 

In conjunction with this premiere episode of The BCS Audio Vault, we’re giving away a signed copy of Chris’s new second novel, The Silk Map, set in the same world as “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” and featuring his characters Gaunt and Bone (also in his story “The Sword of Loving Kindness” in BCS #1).

Enter the giveaway here.  And to hear classic BCS audio fiction introduced by great guests, check out The BCS Audio Vault, or subscribe to its RSS feed, or look for it on iTunes.


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