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BCS #142 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2!
Aliette de Bodard (“Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” in BCS #45 and podcast BCS 041, and three others) returns to BCS with “The Breath of War,” a new story in the futuristic spacefaring age of her Xuya world. Rachel Sobel offers “The River Does Not Run,” a tale of personal questing through a strange ruined landscape.
The two bonus stories, releasing on the website next Thursday, are both by returning BCS authors: “Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee, a tale of a forthright young science-fantasy Knight setting out on her own, and “The Goddess Deception, Pt. 1” by Dean Wells, the first half of a novella set in a future spacefaring age of the world of his BCS steampunk stories (“Evensong, Having Been Answered;” “To the Gods of Time and Engines, a Gift”). The full issue is available now on ebook at Kindle and Weightless Books.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, guest-narrated by podcaster, novelist, and BCS author Tina Connolly, who has guest-narrated past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen and BCS 084: One Ear Back by Tina herself.
The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #142 is “Scry” by Anne Ivy from BCS #90, part of our first BCS Science-Fantasy Month in 2012, a tale of family relationships and the fate and free will of seeing their future. The special science-fantasy cover art is the gorgeous “Sojourn” by Philippine artist Ferdinand Dumago Ladera.
We’re also giving away signed hardcover copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Old Mars. Learn how you can enter here.
BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 will continue next week, with the website release of the two bonus stories, and in two weeks with BCS #143, featuring Yoon Ha Lee (whose story “The Book of Locked Doors” was in our previous Science-Fantasy Month), Seth Dickinson (“Worth of Crows” in BCS #104, among others), the conclusion of “The Goddess Deception,” a bonus podcast, and more!
To celebrate BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2, we’re giving away two signed copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s hardback anthology Old Mars!
Old Mars is an anthology of new F/SF stories about the classic science-fantasy sort of Mars, that had canals and dead alien cities and rayguns and Martians.
It includes stories by Howard Waldrop, Matthew Hughes, Michael Moorock, and BCS author David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1), whose story about pirate Captain Kidd sailing from Earth to Mars got a Recommended review from Locus online.
It’s a gorgeous hardcover, and our copies are signed by Allen Steele, whose story “Martian Blood” leads off the anthology.
One of our giveaways will be held next week on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine the week of Mar. 17; details to come.
The other giveaway is right here in this post. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post (here’s a link to the comment box) and say what your favorite science-fantasy work of prose fiction is, and why.
It can be a short story or a novel, but it has to be a work of prose fiction (not a movie or game). The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of all entries.
This giveaway ends Wed. Mar. 12. For the Full Rules, click on Show Hidden Text below.
Good luck! As a starting point, here are the science-fantasy stories that appeared in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1, back in 2012:
Full rules for the signed Old Mars giveaway:
You must leave your comment on this Old Mars Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.
You must mention a prose fiction work that is arguably science-fantasy. Comments that do not mention some prose fiction work that’s not arguably science-fantasy will not enter you in the giveaway.
You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Mar. 12. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.
Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).
You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).
BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries and mail the signed copy of Old Mars to the winner.
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!
Why science-fantasy? Or, why are there spaceships in my BCS this month?
We asked that question back in March 2012 when we did our first BCS Science-Fantasy Month.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies is character-driven stories set in awe-inspiring worlds. That those worlds be pre-modern is only a personal preference, one that many fantasy readers and our editor share. But as our first BCS Science-Fantasy Month showed, that awe can come equally well from settings that are more advanced than our world, rather than less.
Science-fantasy has as rich a tradition as fantasy, from seminal early works like the 1930s space opera of E.E. “Doc” Smith (writing in the same era as Robert E. Howard) to best-selling sagas like Frank Herbert’s Dune (breaking out in the same decade as The Lord of the Rings).
Their futuristic fantastical settings are just as awe-inspiring as pre-modern fantasy worlds. Character-driven stories set in such worlds can be just as fun as literary adventure fantasy and can comment just as profoundly on what it means to be human. Or alien...
Our BCS authors seem to see such a commonality, because six of the seven stories in this BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 are by returning BCS authors, whose fantasy stories we’ve published in the past. (One of them is even set in the same world as that author’s BCS fantasy stories, in a far-future era.)
So swap your plate mail for pressure suits as BCS takes another month to showcase great literary adventure science-fantasy; stories in secondary-world settings that are futuristic. These special double-issues include returning BCS authors Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee, Seth Dickinson, Dean Wells, and more. They feature bonus stories and a bonus podcast episode, along with special science-fantasy cover art and giveaways for signed copies of a George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois anthology.
The full issue(s) are out early on ebook at Kindle Store and Weightless Books; the bonus stories will be released later on the website.
We hope you enjoy BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2! And if you prefer your fantasy worlds not so futuristic, rest assured that literary adventure fantasy will return to BCS next month.
Slush Update, 03/04/14March 04, 2014 - 08:56 pmPosted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews
All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before January 13, 2014 have now been replied to.
If you sent a submission on or before Jan. 13 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.
Two BCS authors have pieces in the new Spring 2014 issue of Subterranean magazine:
Several BCS authors had other work named finalists for the 2013 Nebula Awards!
“The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife,” Chris Willrich’s tale of laser pistols and spousal grief from BCS #90, one of the issues in our first Science-Fantasy Month back in March 2012, has been named to editor Rich Horton’s new anthology Space Opera.
The cover, at right, looks gorgeous, and the anthology includes space opera stories by several other BCS authors:
Starting with BCS #142 next week, March is BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2!
This second BCS special theme month of science-fantasy stories–our first one was back in March 2012–will feature stories that combine the awe-inspiring fantastical settings of BCS fiction with futuristic details like spacecraft, laser rifles, and advanced scientific concepts.
It will have two special double-issues, including extra stories, a two-part novella, an extra podcast, special science-fantasy cover art, and giveaways for signed hardcover copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Old Mars.
Authors will include Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee (whose story “The Book of Locked Doors” was in our previous Science-Fantasy Month), Seth Dickinson (“Worth of Crows” in BCS #104, among others), Rachel Sobel, Dean Wells (with a novella set in the same world as several of his steampunk BCS stories), and more. Cover art, excerpted at right, is by Philippine artist Ferdinand Dumago Ladera.
Look for the ebooks of BCS #142, the first issue, out early tomorrow, and the other stories and podcasts following throughout March.
“On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir, a complex tale from BCS #131 that’s told through nested documents and reports, including text left in a character’s footprints after he sets metal type on the soles of his shoes, has been named by editor Rich Horton to The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014.
Congratulations! “On the Origin of Song” is a fascinating and unique read, by a talented new author.
Other BCS authors appearing in this Year’s Best SF&F: 2014 with stories from other magazines include Yoon Ha Lee (“The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS #91 and several others, including a forthcoming piece in BCS Science Fantasy Month 2 in March: “The Bonedrake’s Penance”) and Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118, and a new story “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” forthcoming in text and podcast this April).