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BCS #209, Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Ebook Sale, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #209, our Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

A.M. Dellamonica, a recent winner of the Aurora Award, offers “The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted,” a young person on a sea visit to challenging new lands. Gregory Norman Bossert, whose BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award in 2013, returns to BCS with “The Wind Shall Blow,” a tale of war-torn border Scotland and a newcomer facing guilt and blame.

Rose Lemberg (“Geometries of Belonging” in BCS #183, “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175, among others) returns to BCS with “The Book of How to Live,” a new story set in their Birdverse world, featuring protagonists from different walks of society drawn together. Michael Anthony Ashley (“Hence the King from Kagehana” in BCS #81, “To Kiss the Granite Choir” in BCS #27) offers “A Courtship of Beasts,” a tale of love and time.

(The Dellamonica and Lemberg stories won’t be released on the website until next week, but they are available now in the ebook of the full issue, on Kindle and at WeightlessBooks.com.)

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 183: The Wind Shall Blow by Gregory Norman Bossert, the story of border Scotland. It’s guest narrated by Alisdair Stuart of the Escape Artists podcasts.

The From the Archives story with BCS #209 is “Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” Tori Truslow’s BSFA Award Finalist story of a journey, different walks of society, and love, from BCS #113 and podcast BCS 100. All behind new cover art for our eighth anniversary: “Ambush” by Raphael Lacoste.

There’s also a giveaway for a signed copy of BCS author Carrie Vaughn’s new short fiction collection Amaryllis and Other Stories, in this post. It ends ends Wed. Oct. 5, so enter soon!

Our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy or renew a BCS Ebook Subscription or buy Best of BCS Year Seven at Weightless Books, and you’ll get a free BCS anthology of your choice.

In eight (!) years of BCS, we’ve published over 425 stories and 215 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thank you for reading!


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Carrie Vaughn Signed Amaryllis and Other Stories Collection Giveaway

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, Ebook Sale, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with BCS #209, our Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue, and the new Best of BCS Year Seven anthology, we’ve giving away a signed copy of Carrie Vaughn’s new short fiction collection Amaryllis and Other Stories!

Amaryllis and Other Stories contains eighteen of Carrie’s stories, including “Sun, Stone, Spear” from BCS #169 and podcast BCS 146.

“Sun, Stone, Spear” is also in The Best of BCS, Year Seven, our new anthology from the last year of BCS, which includes stories by K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Fran Wilde, Rose Lemberg, and more.

(During our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale, buy Best of BCS Year Seven at Weightless Books and you’ll get a free second BCS anthology of your choice.)

To enter, comment on this post (here) and tell us your favorite story that’s in Best of BCS Year Seven.

Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the signed copy of Amaryllis and Other Stories. This giveaway ends Wed. Oct 5. (Full Rules are at the end of this post.)

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Carrie Vaughn Amaryllis and Other Stories giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Amaryllis and Other Stories Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a story that appears in Best of BCS Year Seven. Comments that do not mention a story that appears in Best of BCS Year Seven will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Oct. 5. 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 Amaryllis 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!


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Slush Update, 09/26/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Aug. 9, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before August 9 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 Wins British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

BCS won the 2016 British Fantasy Award for Best magazine/ periodical!

Thank you! The BFAs are presented annually by the British Fantasy Society; finalists are voted by BFS members and attendees of FantasyCon, and winners named by a jury. The announcement and presentation were made at FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on the North Sea coast.

Past winners for Best magazine/ periodical include Clarkesworld; great company for BCS to be in. Thank you for this recognition!


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New Cover Art: “Ambush” by Raphael Lacoste

Posted in: Cover Art, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #209, our Eighth Anniversary Double-Issue next week (and the BCS #209 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “Ambush” by three-time BCS cover artist Raphael Lacoste:

"Ambush" by Raphael Lacoste


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BCS #208 – MacFarlane, Edelstein, MacFarlane Podcast, Yant Archives

Posted in: Ebook Sale, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #208 is out today, featuring two stories at the intersection of culture and legend.

Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Written on the Hides of Foxes” in BCS #156, “Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121 and podcast BCS 104, among others) returns to BCS with “Teeth, Tapestries,” a story of struggle in the present and in legend.

Jonathan Edelstein offers “Abere and the Poisoner,” a story of monologue and nested tales, legends and gods, in a world rich with culture.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 182: Abere and the Poisoner, the Jonathan Edelstein tale of nested narratives, legends, and gods. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

The From the Archives story with BCS #208 is “The Three Feats of Agani” by Christie Yant, from BCS #100 and podcast BCS 086, a tale of people interacting with legends and gods, not unlike “Abere and the Poisoner.”

Our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues at Weightless Books! Buy the new Best of BCS Year Seven or buy/renew a BCS Ebook Subscription, and you’ll get a free BCS anthology of your choice. All proceeds go to pay our authors and artists!


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Anniversary Ebook Sale on BCS Subscriptions and Best of BCS Seven!

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionTo celebrate the eighth anniversary of BCS and our new ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Seven, we’re having an Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale!

Buy or renew a BCS Ebook Subscription or buy Best of BCS Year Seven at Weightless Books, and you’ll get a free BCS anthology of your choice.

Best of BCS Year Seven has eighteen great BCS stories by authors such as K.J. Parker, Carrie Vaughn, Yoon Ha Lee, and Aliette de Bodard, including “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, a finalist for the Nebula Awards.

BCS Ebook Subscriptions are still only $15.99 for a whole year/26 issues (that’s less than 30 cents a story). Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone (any device with an email address), and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

Subscribe at Weightless Books

A free BCS anthology is a $3.99 value. Choose any of our Best of BCS anthologies (which include multiple stories by Aliette de Bodard, Yoon Ha Lee, Marie Brennan, Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, E. Catherine Tobler, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Gregory Norman Bossert and more) or our theme anthologies Ceaseless West and Ceaseless Steam.

The ebook subscriptions and anthologies are also a great way to support BCS–all proceeds go to pay our artists and authors.

The sale will end soon, so make sure you buy your BCS subscription or Best of BCS Year Seven at WeightlessBooks.com now!


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New Best of BCS Year Seven Anthology Out on Kindle, iTunes, and More!

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionOur new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Seven is out today at major ebook retailers like Kindle Store and iTunes!

(It was out early last week at Weightless Books. Buy it there and get a free second anthology, as part of our Eighth Anniversary Ebook Sale...)

The Best of BCS, Year Seven has eighteen great stories from the seventh year of BCS, by such authors as K.J. Parker, Carrie Vaughn, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Richard Parks, and Gemma Files, Rich Larson, and Fran Wilde. It includes “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, a finalist for the Nebula Awards.

The Best of BCS, Year Seven is now available for only $3.99 at ebook stores, including Amazon Kindle, Kobo, B&N, iBooks/iTunes, and Weightless Books.

All proceeds go to pay BCS authors and artists for their work. Pick up a copy today, to get some great BCS stories in a handy collection and support us at the same time. Thank you!


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BCS #207 – Brennan, Waldroon, Brennan Podcast & Audio Vault

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

BCS #207 is out today, featuring stories set in vivid historical settings, the return of the BCS Audio Fiction podcast, and a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast.

Marie Brennan (“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089, plus two other Driftwood stories; “And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044, plus one other historical fantasy; among nine others) returns to BCS with “To Rise No More,” a new historical fantasy set in the world of her Onyx Court fairie novels.

Thomas M. Waldroon (“‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’BCS #198, and “Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” in BCS #171 and the new anthology Best of BCS Year Seven, out early exclusively and on sale at Weightless Books) offers a third historical fantasy in his series of uniquely voiced literary interpretations of pre-modern America: “George & Frank Tarr, Boy Avencherers, in ‘Beeyon the Shours We Knowe!!!!’,” a lyrical tale of two brothers on a strange river journey that is not what it seems.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 181: To Rise No More, the Marie Brennan historical fairie tale. It’s guest-narrated by Liz Duffy Adams, who narrated BCS 161: Unearthly Landscape by a Lady by Rebecca Campbell last fall.

The BCS Audio Vault podcast features a new episode BCS Audio Vault 025: And Blow Them at the Moon by Marie Brennan, a previous story in the same Onyx Court historical fairie setting as “To Rise No More.” It’s introduced by the author, explaining how she works the plots of her novels and stories into history without sidelining the actions taken by real people.

The From the Archives story with BCS #207 is World Fantasy Award-winner James Morrow’s novel excerpt from Galápagos Regained, from BCS #164 and podcast BCS 141, a historical steampunk novel in a setting not unlike “To Rise No More.”

Our new anthology Best of BCS Year Seven is out early exclusively at Weightless Books and is on sale–buy now and get a free BCS anthology of your choice! See Weightless Books for info.


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