2012 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
A bunch of BCS authors have short fiction appearing in other zines this month, many of whom also have new stories forthcoming in BCS early next year:
- The December Clarkesworld has a story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118, and a new story “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” forthcoming early next year).
- E. Catherine Tobler (“Artificial Nocturne” in BCS #126, “Lady Marmalade” in BCS #98, and a new story “We, As One, Trailing Embers” forthcoming next year) has a new story from her same strange circus world in The Dark.
- Siobhan Carroll (“In the Gardens of the Night” in BCS #74, and a new novelette “The Year of Silent Birds” coming in January) has a fantasy piece in the December Lightspeed.
- Vylar Kaftan (“Prashkina’s Fire” in BCS #48, and a new piece “Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” coming next year) has a holiday-themed story in the new issue of GigaNotoSaurus (edited by BCS author Ann Leckie).
Congratulations, all! Check out those other stories, and look for their forthcoming BCS stories in the new year.
New Cover Art: “Ruins,” by Stefan MeislDecember 04, 2013 - 09:08 amPosted in: Cover Art, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews
Starting with BCS #136 next week on Dec. 12 (and the ebook on Kindle and Weightless Books right now), our new cover art for the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere will be “Ruins,” by Stefan Meisl.
Epic BCSDecember 03, 2013 - 10:41 amPosted in: About BCS, From the Archives by Scott H. Andrews
Swords! Dragons! Knights in armor!
Often fantasy short fiction readers, and writers, turn up their noses and groan at these classic elements of fantasy fiction. But these elements have a powerful and endearing resonance with millions of readers, TV viewers, RPG players, and gamers.
And they can still be written grippingly well in fantasy fiction. George R.R. Martin’s Ice and Fire novels feature many common fantasy elements, but he does them with equal focus on the characters as nuanced, flawed, conflicted real people.
At BCS, we favor literary approaches on classic elements, such as a focus on the characters, but the dragons or knights or thieves are still there. Here are a few past BCS stories that feature classic fantasy elements:
“Dragon’s-Eyes” by Margaret Ronald
“The Stone Oaks” by Stephen Case
“Kurtana,” by Christian K. Martinez (coming next week in BCS #136)
“The Giants of Galtares” by Sue Burke
“Bearslayer and the Black Knight” by Tom Crosshill
“Beyond the Shrinking World” by Nathaniel Katz
“The Sword of Loving Kindness, Pt. I” by Chris Willrich
“Thieves of Silence” by Holly Phillips
“To Go Home to Leal” by Susan Forest
“Walking Out” by Harry R. Campion
“Ill-Met at Midnight” by David Tallerman
“In the Gardens of the Night” by Siobhan Carroll
‘Epic’ feel or flavor (war, politics, intrigue, nations and hearts in the balance):
“To Kiss the Granite Choir” by Michael Anthony Ashley
“The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds” by Seth Dickinson
“Silk and Shadow” by Tony Pi
“Of Shifting Skin and Certainty” by Justin Howe
“From the Spices of Sanandira” by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Elves (yes, there have been BCS stories that feature elves!):
“Now Ix, He Was a Lover” by Hannah Strom-Martin
BCS readers, feel free to add your favorites!
Slush Update, 11/29/13November 29, 2013 - 10:58 amPosted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews
All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before October 14, 2013 have now been replied to.
If you sent a submission on or before Oct. 14 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.
BCS #135 – Holly Messinger, Claire HumphreyNovember 28, 2013 - 10:25 amPosted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews
BCS #135 is out, featuring two new BCS authors.
Holly Messinger, author of a Gothic Western novel series set to debut next summer, puts a heroine with a troubling past into a 19th century London in “Moreau’s Daughter.”
Claire Humphrey, whose short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and others, puts a heroine with a talent and a dream into a troubling society in “Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines.”
The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #135 is “Dancing the Warrior” by Marie Brennan, from BCS #66, a novella set in the world of her Warrior and Witch novels in which a heroine faces the challenges of a training school and the honing of her own abilities.
The Parsec Award-finalist BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, check out our past episodes including stories by M. Bennardo, Seth Dickinson, Marie Brennan, Christie Yant, and our special 100th episode read by a cast of guest narrators, which was a finalist for the Parsec Award: BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow.
BCS #134 – Ronald, Ridler, Wilson PodcastNovember 14, 2013 - 10:03 amPosted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews
BCS #134 is out, featuring two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated podcast.
Margaret Ronald (“The Governess and the Lobster” in BCS #95 and six other stories in that steampunk world) returns with “A Death for the Ageless,” her first stand-alone piece in BCS since “Dragon’s-Eyes” in BCS #9. It’s a spec-fic murder mystery in a tense post-war society. Jason S. Ridler (“Buzzard’s Final Bow” in BCS #68) offers “Forsaken Beneath the Stars,” which likewise takes place in the aftermath of war.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast with Issue #134 is BCS 115: The Adventure of the Pyramid of Bacconyus by Caleb Wilson, a tale of treasure-hunting and primordial weirdness from BCS #133. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has narrated a number of BCS podcast episodes including BCS 106: The Penitent by M. Bennardo and BCS 090: Worth of Crows by Seth Dickinson.
The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #134 is “Shatterach Gates” by Paul Daly, from BCS #35 and podcast BCS 031, a tale of both primordial weirdness and war.
BCS World Fantasy Award Winner!November 04, 2013 - 10:03 amPosted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews
Congratulations to Gregory Norman Bossert and his story “The Telling,” from BCS #109, which last night won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for best Short Story!
“The Telling,” and its fellow World Fantasy Award nominee from BCS “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman, are the first BCS pieces to make finalist for a major award. They are great stories for the honor of a WFA nomination and also as examples of what BCS‘s fiction is all about: character-centered fantasy in awe-inspiring worlds, whether external or internal.
Congratulations to all the other winners and all the finalists who did not win, including “The Castle That Jack Built” and our Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Scott H. Andrews (me). We are honored to be in your company.
BCS #133 is out, featuring two grim ghostly dark pieces for Halloween day!
Matthew Kressel (“The Suffering Gallery” in BCS #57) returns to BCS with “Pheth’s Aviary,” a tale of a vegetarian demon cook. Alan Baxter’s “Not the Worst of Sins” follows a bitter weird western protagonist on a trail for vengeance and plagued by ghosts.
This issue’s BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is BCS 114: A Feast for Dust by Gemma Files, her weird western undead love revenge tale from BCS #132.
The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #133 is “The Mansion of Bones” by Richard Parks, from BCS #20, a ghost story of Lord Yamada and his reprobate priest friend Kenji investigating a haunting at a ruined estate.
Happy Halloween from BCS!
Recent Acceptances, 10/23/13October 23, 2013 - 09:49 amPosted in: Recent Acceptances by Scott H. Andrews
Yet more recent acceptances from the past few months at Beneath Ceaseless Skies:
“Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid,” by K.C. Ball
“The Dreams of Wan Li,” by Andrea Stewart
“The Streetking,” by Peter Hickman
“Kurtana,” by Christian K. Martinez
“Our Fire, Given Freely,” by Seth Dickinson
“Evensong, Having Been Answered,” by Dean Wells
“Golden Daughter, Stone Wife,” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
The first three authors are new to BCS, but the last four–
–have appeared in our pages before.