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BCS #192 – K.J. Parker, Vardomskaya, New Cover Art, and Our 400th Story

Posted in: New Issues, Special Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #192 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with stories about storytelling and art, a guest-narrated podcast, and new cover art, all in celebration of our 400th story!

Multiple World Fantasy Award winner and past BCS author K.J. Parker (“Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue) returns to BCS with “Told By An Idiot,” a special story of storytelling, the stage, and life, told in that classic Parker vivid, self-effacing voice.

Told By An Idiot” is also the 400th story to appear in BCS!  Thank you to all our authors for their great fiction, all 399 past stories. Peruse them for some great stories, by writers you’ve heard of and others you haven’t.

Tamara Vardomskaya (“The Guardian’s Head” in BCS #186, among others) returns to BCS with “The Three Dancers of Gizari,” a story likewise of the stage and life and art but also of sculpture and privilege, from a voice equally as intimate yet far different. It’s set in the same art-focused world as her past BCS story “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 143.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari, the Tamara Vardomskaya story. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including podcast BCS 160: A Careful Fire by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

Our new cover art is “Plains of Another World” by Dutch artist Leon Tukker.

The From the Archives story with BCS #192 is “Great, Golden Wings” by Rachel Swirsky, from BCS #28 and podcast BCS 027, another story about art and its effect, not unlike “The Three Dancers of Gizari.”


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Slush Update, 02/02/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before November 30, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 30 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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2016 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in making nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible if you’d like to consider us and our stories.

How to Become Eligible to Nominate
To become eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon, in Kansas City) or the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland as of January 31, 2016, or you must have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, Sasquan.

How to Nominate:
MidAmericon II’s webpage on the Hugos has an online nomination form. (You will need your con membership info.)

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by March 31 2016, 11.59 pm PDT.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2015 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:

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Best Novelette:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

For information on Hugo nominating, see the webpage that MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon) has about the Hugos. 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 Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

 

Best Novelette:

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

 

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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New Cover Art: “Plains of Another World” by Leon Tukker

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

Starting with BCS #192 next week (and the BCS #192 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books, featuring our 400th story!), our new cover art will be “Plains of Another World” by Leon Tukker:

"Plains of Another World" by Leon Tukker


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BCS #191 – Brenchley, Thompson, Guest Podcast, Wells Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #191 is out today, featuring two dark stories of seeking, a guest-narrated podcast, and a dark story From the Archives.

Chaz Brenchley offers “In Skander, for a Boy,” a tale of a gritty foreign city and a mandate from the past. D.K. Thompson pens a new story in his Saint Darwin series, “Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe,” about life and legacy amid a paranormal theology.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 165: Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe, the D.K. Thompson story. It’s guest-narrated by Ian Stuart, a veteran SF/F short fiction podcast narrator who brings a vivid depth to the story’s setting.

The From the Archives story with BCS #191 is “To the Gods of Time and Engines, a Gift” by Dean Wells, from BCS #80 and podcast BCS 071, a story of personal journey and paranormal theology not unlike “Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe.”

Next issue:  the 400th story to appear in BCS!


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BCS at ConFusion in Detroit this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS will be at ConFusion 2016 in Detroit, a great regional writer and fan con, this weekend Jan 22-24!

I will be on several panels about fantasy topics and fiction, and another about my equally favorite pastime, beer.

  • Fri 8PM: A Song of Ice and Inspire (The impact of A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Sat Noon: Awards, A Race to Excellence or the Bottom?
  • Sat 8PM Beer Lovers Meet Up (Cheers!)
  • Sun 11AM The Vocabulary of Criticism

BCS authors in attendance will include Saladin Ahmed, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Ann Leckie, Marko Kloos, Michael J. DeLuca, and Brian McClellan, along with many other F/SF authors and fans.

I will have the usual stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards. If you see me in the bar, or in the con suite at the keg of porter at 2:30 AM Sunday like three years ago, feel free to say hello!


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Slush Update, 01/12/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before November 19, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 19 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 Stories on Tangent Online 2015 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Tangent OnlineSeveral BCS stories from 2015 made the 2015 Recommended Reading List at Tangent Online, the long-running review site.

Including short stories and novelettes from the array of tiers on their list, the BCS pieces so honored are:

Congratulations, all! And thank you to Tangent Online for reviewing BCS.


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2015 Awards-Eligible Stories from BCS

Posted in: Awards Info, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

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

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2015 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:

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Best Novelette:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

For information on Hugo nominating, see the webpage that MidAmericon II (the 2016 Worldcon) has about the Hugos. 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 Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

 

Best Novelette:

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

 

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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