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BCS #221 is out today, featuring stories with young protagonists facing the consequences of their decisions and a podcast that uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.
Rodello Santos (“To Slay with a Thousand Kisses” in BCS #36 and podcast BCS 032) returns to BCS with “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” a similarly pastoral tale that focuses on a young apprentice facing the consequences of her past (or future?) actions and deciding whether to change them.
J.S. Veter offers “Crescendo,” a story of children exploring ruins in a town ruled by colonial overlords and the tales of the past that these ruins whisper.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 192: In the Shade of the Pixie Tree, the Rodello Santos story of a young apprentice deciding whether to change her past actions. Like several other past episodes of the BCS Audio fiction podcast, such as BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell and BCS 050: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, it uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.
The From the Archives story with BCS #221 is “Over a Narrow Sea” by Camille Alexa, from BCS #60, a tale of young protagonists fleeing overlords and events, not unlike “Crescendo” or “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree.”
All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.
“The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones, from BCS #203 and podcast BCS 180, was one of nine works named to the Honor List for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award.
The Tiptree Award, named after the legendary author, recognizes works encouraging the exploration and expansion of gender. Last year, two BCS stories were named to the Tiptree long list: “Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam from BCS #164 and podcast BCS 142, and “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, from BCS #175.
BCS authors with other work recognized by the Tiptree Award this year include Mishell Baker (“Fire in the Haze” in BCS #203 and its prequel “Throwing Stones” in BCS #47), with her novel Borderline named to the Honor List.
BCS #220 is out, featuring stories about past war actions and their ramifications in the present, a guest-narrated podcast, new cover art, and a giveaway for a signed short fiction collection.
Sara Saab pens “Suddenwall,” a story of two veterans, pasts entwined, living in a city that extrudes the guilty.
Kurt Hunt offers “Ghosts of Amarana,” a tale of a veteran liberated from confinement physical and mental but facing new decisions with difficult echos of his past ones.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 191: Suddenwall, the Sara Saab story of war veterans and their pasts. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts including BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard, and the Parsec Award finalist BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.
We’re also giving away a signed copy of Tina’s new short fiction collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, in this giveaway post here on the BCS website. Do you have a favorite BCS podcast episode that Tina narrated? Tell us, and you could win!
The From the Archives story with BCS #220 is “Murder Goes Hungry” by Margaret Ronald from BCS #182, a fantasy mystery involving war veterans who have healed somewhat and others who have not.
All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.
BCS author and podcast narrator Tina Connolly (“One Ear Back” in BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, among others) has a new short fiction collection, On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories.
In conjunction with Tina’s podcast narration of BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab in BCS #220, we’re giving away a signed copy of On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories!
To enter, comment on this very post (here) and tell us what your favorite Tina Connolly-narrated BCS podcast episode is.
Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the signed copy of On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories. This giveaway
ends Thurs. March 9 has ended. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)
To get you started, here’s a list of many of the BCS Podcast episodes Tina has narrated:
BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab
BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee
BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard
BCS 156: Seasons Set in Skin by Caroline M. Yoachim
BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell (special large-cast reading)
BCS 142: Everything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II by Angela Ambroz
BCS 128: The Use and the Need by M. Bennardo
BCS 122: The River Does Not Run by Rachel Sobel
BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard
BCS 107: The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen by Barbara A. Barnett
BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow (special large-cast reading)
BCS 084: One Ear Back by Tina Connolly
BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen
Full rules for the Tina Connolly Signed On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories giveaway:
You must leave your comment on this On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.
Your comment must mention the title of a BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode narrated by Tina Connolly. Comments that do not mention the title of a BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode narrated by Tina Connolly will not enter you in the giveaway.
You must post your comment before midnight PST on Thurs. March 9. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.
Entrants will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.
BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The copy of On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, which is signed to BCS, will be mailed to the winner.
You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).
Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).
BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, 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. 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!
Starting with BCS #220 tomorrow, featuring stories by Sara Saab and Kurt Hunt, our new cover art for spring will be “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout:
Locus magazine, the top review source in the F/SF/H field, is holding their annual reader poll and survey.
The poll includes all the BCS stories and novelettes that made Locus‘s 2016 Recommended Reading List, including ones by Aliette de Bodard, K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, plus many more by BCS authors and others. You can write-in your own favorites too, when they’re not listed.
The poll also includes novels, with categories for F, SF, and H, and anthologies, non-fiction, art book and artist, best editor, and best magazine. The top five vote-getters in each category are lauded as finalists, and the winner receives a Locus Award.
Anyone can vote; you do not have to be a Locus subscriber, although if you are, they count your vote double. There are also a bunch of data collection survey questions that you can answer or ignore as you prefer.
The poll closes Apr. 15, so if you’d like to make your voice heard, on their choices or your own write-ins, fill out the poll today.
Slush Update, 02/27/17February 27, 2017 - 10:35 pmPosted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews
All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Jan. 16, 2017 have now been replied to.
If you sent a submission on or before January 16 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.
In addition to BCS pieces by Jason Sanford and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam named finalists for the Nebula Award for Novelette, multiple other BCS authors had short fiction and novels in other venues named finalist for the Nebulas:
Along with David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1 and podcast BCS 002) named a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for YA SF/F.
Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!
Two novelettes from BCS have been named finalists for the Nebula Awards!
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, from BCS #195 in Science-Fantasy Month 3, and “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, in BCS #214.
Congratulations, Jason and Bonnie! “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” is a story of family, duty, and loss, both personal and world, in a cool science-fantasy setting with technology and magic. “The Orangery” uses a more mythic conceit to examine duty, relationship dynamics, and loss.
Both great novelettes, and indicative of the breadth you’ll find in BCS: anything from science-fantasy to epic fantasy to steampunk, historical paranormal, Weird West, and unique mythic secondary worlds, all with a focus on the characters.