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BCS #176 – Stufflebeam, Karalynn Lee, Guest-Narrated Podcast

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

BCS #176 is out, featuring two stories of finding one’s place in the world.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“Everything Beneath You” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 142, and another new story forthcoming this fall) returns to BCS with “The Girl with Golden Hair,” a tale of a young woman struggling in her mythical city and on a journey of distance and self.

Karalynn Lee (“Unsilenced” in BCS #105, our Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, which received a Recommended rating from Locus online) returns to BCS with “Court Bindings,” a short and lyrical piece about court intrigue and personal power.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s story of struggle and journey. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, including BCS 138: The Rugmaker’s Lovers by Brynn MacNab, BCS 125: At the Edge of the Sea by Raphael Ordoñez, BCS 123: Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation by Seth Dickinson, and others.

BCS #176 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 019: The Nine-Tailed Cat by Michael J. DeLuca, a short and lyrical tale of personal obsession not unlike “Court Bindings.” It’s introduced by the author, explaining the origin of the story’s setting and the post-colonial resonance of several of its symbols, both those apparent or subtle and more insidious.

Accompanying them From the Archives with BCS #176 is “Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham, BCS #141 and podcast BCS 120, a tale of two travelers on driven missions. All behind another crop of our new cover art: “Migration,” by Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon.


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More BCS Authors Elsewhere – Tobler, Millering

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Yet more BCS authors with stories appearing in other magazines this month:

  •  Kris Millering (“The Isthmus Variation” in BCS #46, which received a Recommended review from Locus online) likewise in the June Clarkesworld

Congratulations!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Nine-Tailed Cat” by Michael J. DeLuca

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 019: The Nine-Tailed Cat by Michael J. DeLuca, a short lush tale of a jealous lover set in an alternate post-colonial Central America.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the origin of the story’s setting and the post-colonial resonance of several of its symbols, both those apparent or subtle and more insidious.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Saladin Ahmed, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, 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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Slush Update, 06/18/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 26, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 26 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 – Palmer and Miller, Sturgeon Award Finalists

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Two BCS authors, one past and one future, were finalists and runners-up for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2014.

  • Suzanne Palmer (“Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken,” forthcoming later this year) placed 2nd for “Shatterdown,” in Asimov‘s
  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point” in BCS #163 and podcast BCS 140) placed 3rd for “We Are the Cloud,” in Lightspeed

Congratulations!


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BCS #175 – Ken Scholes, Rose Lemberg, Kay Chronister Podcast, New Cover Art

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

BCS #175 is out, featuring two stories of worldly journey, a podcast of underworldly journey, and new cover art.

Ken Scholes, novelist and short-story author, explores duty and past in “On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts.”

Rose Lemberg (“Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80) returns to BCS with “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” a novelette set in the same lush and socially intricate fantasy world of “Held Close in Syllables of Light” and many of her other works, including a third novelette forthcoming in BCS later this year.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is BCS 152: The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned, Kay Chronister’s story from BCS #174 of a mother’s flight through a strange land of the dead filled with grimacing golems fashioned from maize.

Accompanying them From the Archives with BCS #175 is “Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker, from BCS #47. All behind new cover art: “Migration,” by Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon.


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BCS #173, #174 Reviewed at Locus Online

Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #173 and #174 were reviewed last week by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including one story lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.

From BCS #173, she called“Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen “A quirky story that plays off some fairytale tropes in the person of the shadow woman... Of course... everything the shadow says, is a lie...”

From BCS #174, she said of “The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister, also forthcoming next issue as podcast BCS 152: “The story is a kind of mythic mashup, just as Ana’s heritage contains both Aztec and Catholic elements... Characters in fiction and myth often view themselves as exceptions to the rules, which is what this one is largely about.”

And she called “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, also available as podcast BCS 151, “An original melding of several classic fantastic tropes, perhaps the strongest being the ferryman, a figure of ancient myth. But the heart of the story is the relationship that develops between the two deadly characters. Delightfully done. Recommended.

Congratulations, all!


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New Cover Art: “Migration,” by Julie Dillon

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #175 next week, which features Ken Scholes and Rose Lemberg, and the BCS #175 ebook out early on Kindle and Weightless Books, our new cover art for Spring will be “Migration,” by Julie Dillon:

"Migration" by Julie Dillon


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BCS #174 – Yoon Ha Lee, Kay Chronister, Lee Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #174 is out, featuring two literary fantasy stories of strange passage through underworldly realms.

Yoon Ha Lee (“The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS #143 Science-Fantasy Month 2, “The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS #91 Science Fantasy Month, “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” in BCS #27 and podcast BCS 025, among many others) returns to BCS with “Two to Leave,” a tale of seeking direction beyond guardians of  boundaries.

Kay Chronister offers “The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned,” the tale of a woman trekking her baby through a strange land of the dead filled with grimacing golems fashioned from maize.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is BCS 151: Two to Leave, a reading of the Yoon Ha Lee story.

Accompanying them From the Archives with BCS #174 is “Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall, from BCS #151, in which a hunter and a god clash as they cross a veldt of the dead. Her short fiction collection which contains this story, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, was this week named a finalist for the Aurora Awards.

Coming next issue:  new cover art by a Hugo Award-winning artist!


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