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“The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee a Finalist for Sturgeon Award
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #244 , one of the three special issues for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 last February, is a finalist for the Sturgeon Award!

This award, in memoriam for legendary SF short fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, is given every year for a great science fiction short story. Past winners include Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, and BCS author James Morrow (“Novel Excerpt: Galápagos Regained” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 141).

Congratulations, Yoon! “The Starship and the Temple Cat” shows one end of the range of short fiction that BCS publishes: science fantasy, with worlds as awe-inspiring and fantastical as our fantasy but technology and cultures that feel futuristic rather than pre-technological.

Other finalists for the Sturgeon this year include BCS author P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe,” BCS #253). Congratulations, all!

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Slush Update, 03/06/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before December 29, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Dec. 29 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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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Slush Update, 02/22/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before December 8, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Dec. 8 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 Circulation Totals for 2018
Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2018 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2018, BCS published 26 issues, containing 62 pieces of original fiction (39 stories, 20 novelettes, and 3 novellas) 21 podcast episodes, and our ninth Best of BCS reprint anthology.

The BCS website averaged 76,000 unique visitors per month, up 25% from 61,000 in 2017. Episodes of the BCS podcasts episodes averaged 11,000 downloads per episode, down from 13,000 in 2017.

Highlights of 2018 included our fourth biannual science-fantasy theme month, featuring three double issues in February and March; our 250th issue, in April; our Tenth Anniversary and two tenth anniversary double issues in October; and the debut of this gorgeous new website design that highlights our fantastic cover art. An ebook subscription drive in April with BCS #250 unlocked a stretch goal raising the word-count limit for submissions to 15,000 words.

Accolades included a sixth Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine, a ninth World Fantasy Award finalist, and “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim named a finalist for the Nebula Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and Hugo Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, “The Thought That Counts” by K.J. Parker, and “The Crow Knight” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, with another huge increase in readership on the website, doubling since 2016. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2019!

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Slush Update, 02/13/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before November 20, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 20 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 Stories on Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

A number of pieces from BCS made the 2018 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, Charles Payseur, A.C. Wise, Karen Burnham, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 3/15/18)

It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog,” Maria Haskins (BCS #260, 9/13/18)

The Starship and the Temple Cat,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #244, 2/1/18)

The Bodice, The Hem, The Woman, Death,” Karen Osborne (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 9/27/18)

 

Novelette:

The Thought That Counts,” K.J. Parker (BCS #250, 4/26/18)

Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” Sarah Pinsker (BCS #246, 3/1/18)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 10/11/18)

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid,” Grace Seybold (BCS #262, 10/4/18)

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other fine magazines and anthologies.

Congratulations, all!

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2019 Awards-Eligible Stories from BCS
Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s awards, such as the Hugos or Nebulas, here’s a list of our eligible stories from 2018 and which awards category they fit in. Thank you for your interest in us and our stories!

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2018, which is BCS #242 through BCS #267, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2018 and which category they fit in (short fiction categories for Hugos and Nebulas are the same). For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo.

Best Short Story:

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 3/15/2018)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 9/27/2018) (also available as an audio mp3)

 

Best Novelette:

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/2018)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 6/21/2018)

 

Best Novella:

The Emotionless, in Love,” Jason Sanford (246, 3/1/2018)

For information on 2019 Hugo nominating, which is now open, go to the Hugo Awards page on the Dublin 2019 Worldcon website. For information on Nebula nominating, see SFWA’s page about Nebula voting. For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo and Nebula nominations in 2019, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

Forest Spirits,” Michael J. DeLuca (BCS #266, 12/06/18)

Frozen Meadow, Shining Sun,” Emily McCosh (BCS #266, 12/06/18)

Feral Attachments at Kulle Bland Bergen,” T. S. McAdams (BCS #265, 11/22/18)

How the Mighty,” Dan Micklethwaite (BCS #265, 11/22/18)

 

In the Ground, Before the Freeze,” Margaret Ronald (BCS #264, 11/08/18)

The Hollow Tree,” Jordan Kurella (BCS #264, 11/08/18)

The Oracle and the Sea,” Megan Arkenberg (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

The Bodice, The Hem, The Woman, Death,” Karen Osborne (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

 

Magic Potion Behind-the-Mountains,” Jaymee Goh (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

Ancestor Night,” Nina Kiriki Hoffman (BCS #260, 09/13/18)

It’s Easy to Shoot A Dog,” Maria Haskins (BCS #260, 09/13/18)

 

Periling Hand,” Justin Howe (BCS #259 08/30/18)

Shattered Hand,” Marc A. Criley (BCS #259 08/30/18)

A Legacy of Shadows,” Christopher M. Cevasco (BCS #257, 08/02/18)

Old No-Eyes,” Christopher Mahon (BCS #257, 08/02/18)

 

Flesh and Stone,” Kathryn Yelinek (BCS #256, 07/19/18)

Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies,” E. Catherine Tobler (BCS #255, 07/05/18)

The Scrimshander,” Damien Krsteski (BCS #255, 07/05/18)

The Weaver and the Snake,” Blaine Vitallo (BCS #253, 06/07/18)

 

The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars,” A.J. Fitzwater (BCS #252, 05/24/18)

The Ghostpotion Games,” Christian K. Martinez (BCS #252, 05/24/18)

The Examination Cloth,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #251, 05/10/18)

The Root Cellar,” Maria Haskins (BCS #251, 05/10/18)

 

An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village,” Richard Parks (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Weft,” Rahul Kanakia (BCS #248, 04/12/18)

Fireskin,” Joanne Rixon (BCS #248, 04/12/18)

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits,” Cassandra Khaw (BCS #248, 03/29/18)

 

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 03/15/18)

Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” J.W. Alden (BCS #247, 03/15/18)

Gennesaret,” Phoenix Alexander (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

Penitents,” Rich Larson (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

 

Red Dreams,” R.Z. Held (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures,” Josh Pearce (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

The Starship and the Temple Cat,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

Where the Anchor Lies,” Benjamin C. Kinney (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

 

Benefactors of Silence,” Nin Harris (BCS #243, 01/ 18/18)

Nneamaka’s Ghost,” Walter Dinjos (BCS #243, 01/ 18/18)

Suite for Accompanied Cello,” Tamara Vardomskaya (BCS #242, 01/ 04/18)

 

Best Novelette:

A Martyr’s Art,” J.P. Sullivan (BCS #267, 12/20/18)

A Circle of Steel and Bone,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #267, 12/20/18)

The Tale of the Scout and the Pachydormu,” Gregory Norman Bossert (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

 

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid,” Grace Seybold (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

Court of Birth, Court of Strength,” Aliette de Bodard (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

Cold Ink,” Dean Wells (BCS #259 08/30/18)

The Wyvern Rider and Those of the Land,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #259 08/30/18)

 

Drawing The Barriers,” Tamara Vardomskaya (BCS #256, 07/19/18)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 06/21/18)

Three Dandelion Stars,” Jordan Kurella (BCS #254, 06/21/18)

A Tale of Woe,” P. Djèlí Clark (BCS #253, 06/07/18)

 

The Thought That Counts,” K.J. Parker (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Silence in Blue Glass,” Margaret Ronald (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Angry Kings,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land,” Emily McIntyre (BCS #248, 03/29/18)

 

Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” Sarah Pinsker (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

The Last Human Child,” Milo James Fowler (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

El is a Spaceship Melody,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

An Aria for the Bloodlords,” Hannah Strom-Martin (BCS #242, 01/ 04/18)

 

Best Novella:

Shadowdrop,” Chris Willrich (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

We Ragged Few,” Kate Alice Marshall (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

The Emotionless, in Love,” Jason Sanford (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

 

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

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Slush Update, 01/11/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before November 8, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 8 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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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Giveaway: Beth Cato Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories Collection
Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with Beth Cato’s story “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” in BCS #268, we’re giving away a copy of Beth’s short fiction collection Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories.

This giveaway will take place Wednesday Jan. 9 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite fairy story from BCS is.

Beth’s pervious BCS story, “Stitched Wings” from BCS #137, which is in Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories, featured a girl encountering a strange fairy in her mother’s gardens. Many other BCS stories have featured classic or unusual takes on fairies, faeries, or the fae. Tweet us what your favorite fairy story from BCS is, and that will enter you in a random drawing for the copy of Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories.

To get you started, here are a few of the stories from BCS over the years that feature fairies or the fae:

And Blow Them at the Moon” by Marie Brennan, BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044

The Hollow Tree” Jordan Kurella, BCS #264

Three Dandelion Stars” by Jordan Kurella, BCS #254

The Fairy Gaol” by Heather Fawcett, BCS #66 and podcast BCS 059

Cold Iron and Green Vines” by Wendy N. Wagner, in BCS #69 and podcast BCS 061

 

The Tinyman and Caroline” by Sarah L. Edwards, BCS #17

The Influence of the Iron Range” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #237

The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #46

More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand” by Rosamund Hodge, BCS #53 and podcast BCS 047

Good luck!

Full rules for the Beth Cato Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories 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 that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Jan. 9, 2019. 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 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 copy of Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories 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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