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BCS #157, Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue

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

BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

It includes “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks (“Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131, “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100, and nine other stories), and “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard (“The Breath of War” in BCS #142 and podcast BCS 121, “Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” in BCS #45 and podcast BCS 041, and several others).

Plus two more stories, including BCS debuts by multiple World Fantasy Award-winner K.J. Parker and Gwendolyn Clare.

The Parker and Clare 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 135: The Sorrow of Rain, the Lord Yamada story by Richard Parks. A bonus second podcast,  of the Aliette de Bodard story, BCS 136: The Moon Over Red Trees, will be released next week, read by guest narrator Kate Baker of Clarkesworld Magazine.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” by Richard Parks, one of the most emotive and personal of the Lord Yamada stories, also available as podcast BCS 055. The new cover art for our sixth anniversary is “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet, an artist from Mexico City. 

Our Sixth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com and get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. (Ebook subscribers always get issues before they go live on the website.)

We are also running three different giveaways in conjunction with this anniversary double-issue. Enter now to win a signed copy of the Lord Yamada short story collection, Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, and learn the date and time for our giveaway on Twitter of a signed hardback limited-edition K.J. Parker short fiction collection.

In six years of BCS, we’ve published over 325 stories and 135 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thanks so much for reading!


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Richard Parks Signed Lord Yamada Collection Giveaway

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

Lord Yamada, Richard Parks’s incisive and droll samurai ghost-hunter, who has appeared six times previously in BCS along with past appearances in other fantasy magazines, returns this week in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, in a new story, “The Sorrow of Rain.”

To celebrate “The Sorrow of Rain” and its BCS podcast, and the forthcoming Lord Yamada novel, Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate out in November, we’re giving away a signed copy of the Lord Yamada short story collection, Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us what your favorite Lord Yamada monster or beast is, and why; your favorite monster or beast from any Lord Yamada story. Try to be specific, and say which story it’s from; it’ll be more fun that way!

Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the book. For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post. This giveaway ends Wed. Oct. 8, so make sure you post soon.

To get you started, here are links to the Lord Yamada stories that have appeared in BCS:

The Mansion of Bones(BCS #19; Podcast BCS 017)

Sanji’s Demon(BCS #38-39)

Lady of the Ghost Willow(BCS #53)

The Ghost of Shinoda Forest(BCS #63; Podcast BCS 055)

The Tiger’s Turn(BCS #79)

Three Little Foxes(BCS #105)

The Sorrow of Rain” (BCS #157; podcast BCS 135)

You can also vote for a monster from a different Lord Yamada story; whatever is your favorite, and why.

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed Richard Parks Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter monster giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a monster or beast from a Lord Yamada story. Comments that do not mention a monster or beast or creature from a Lord Yamada story will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Oct. 8, 2014. 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).

Any person who has won a copy of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter from BCS in the past is not eligible to win.

Any person who has won any previous giveaway from BCS in September 2014 or October 2014 is not eligible to win.

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. The signed copy of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter will be mailed 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 or anyone else. 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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K.J. Parker Signed Hardback Story Collection Giveaway: on Twitter, Tues. 10/14

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

Bestselling author K.J. Parker (the ‘Engineer’ trilogy of Devices and Desires, Evil for Evil, The Escapement, among other trilogies), who has also published a number of brilliant short stories and won the World Fantasy Award for novella two years in a row, appears in BCS this week with a new story “Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue.

In celebration, we are giving away a copy of Parker’s signed, hardback limited-edition short fiction collection Academic Exercises.

Academic Exercises is a gorgeous hardback limited edition that runs over 500 pages and includes the World Fantasy Award-winning novellas “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong.”

This giveaway will take place Tuesday Oct. 14 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite K.J. Parker story or novella is. Whether “Heaven Thunders the Truth” or one from another magazine or anthology. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are a few K.J. Parker story links:

Heaven Thunders the Truth” in BCS #157

Let Maps to Others” in Subterranean

A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” in Subterranean

K.J. Parker Wikipedia page, which lists a dozen others

Good luck!

Full rules for the signed K.J. Parker hardback Academic Exercises Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention the title of a work of short fiction by K.J. Parker. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction by K.J. Parker will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Oct. 14. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you post more than one eligible tweet).

Any person who has won any previous giveaway from BCS in September 2014 or October 2014 is not eligible to win.

You must tweet your tweet from a a valid Twitter account (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of Academic Exercises will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, 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 or anyone else. 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, 09/25/14

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before August 28, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Aug. 28 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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Sale on BCS Ebook Subscriptions and Anthologies!

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

View full versionTo celebrate the sixth anniversary of BCS and our new ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Five, we’re having another ebook sale!

Buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com, and you’ll get a coupon code inside the book for 30% off all BCS anthologies and back issues.

That includes all our previous anthologies, Best of BCS Year One, Year Two, Year Three, Year Four, and our steampunk anthology Ceaseless Steam. It includes back issues of BCS at Weightless Books: all 155 issues of BCS going back to #1 in 2008, including one not available at any other retailer or on our website. It includes the 25-issue bundles of back issues. It also includes all BCS subscriptions; you can use the coupon to renew your subscription no matter when it’s set to expire.

The Best of BCS, Year Five has seventeen stories for only $3.99, including ones by Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and more. It includes three stories that made the Locus Recommended Reading list, one that was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Association Awards and the Parsec Award, and one that won the World Fantasy Award.

BCS ebook subscriptions are 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 the issues early, a week before the website.

Subscribers will get our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, featuring Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, and Aliette de Bodard, a week before the website, including two stories which won’t be released on the website until two weeks later.

Subscribe at Weightless Books

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 October 15, so make sure you buy your BCS subscription or Best of BCS Year Five at WeightlessBooks.com soon!


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New Cover Art: “Golden Age,” by Juan Carlos Barquet

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

Starting with BCS #157 next week, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue featuring Richard Parks, K.J. Parker, and Aliette de Bodard (and the BCS #157 ebook out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet:

"Golden Age" by Juan Carlos Barquet


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BCS #156 – MacFarlane, Ambroz, Guest Podcast, Bennardo Audio Vault, Marshall Giveaway

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

BCS #156 is out today, featuring new stories, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a signed short story collection!

Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Women in Sandstone” in BCS #145, “Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121 & podcast BCS 104 & our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five) offers “Written on the Hides of Foxes,” a tale of finding oneself after physical and social ostracization. Angela Ambroz contributes “The Good Deaths, Part II,” a self-standing piece about a character likewise ostracized, in the name of personal conviction, and trying to find her way.

BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II is also the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for Issue #156. Given a great narration by BCS author, podcast narrator, and award-winning podcaster Tina Connolly, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes such as BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen, and BCS 128: The Use and the Need by M. Bennardo (which coincidentally has a similar point of historical inspiration as The Good Deaths, Part II).

The ‘From the Archives’ story, “Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham from BCS #141, features a character likewise isolated in the name of personal conviction and trying to find her way.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo, a stark tale of visceral isolation from BCS #123 in June 2013, which also appears in our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five.

We are also giving away a signed copy of BCS author Helen Marshall’s (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) new short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, from Chizine Press. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Tuesday Sept. 23!


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Signed Helen Marshall Story Collection Giveaway

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

BCS author Helen Marshall (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) has just released her second short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After (Chizine Press), and BCS is giving away a signed copy!

Helen Marshall’s work has been nominated for the Aurora Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and has won the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society.

Gifts for the One Who Comes After features “eighteen tales of love and loss,” Chizine Press says; “Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.” These include “Crossroads and Gateways” as well as other pieces featuring a son trying to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past, a girl discovering what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton, and Death’s wife preparing for a very special funeral.

To enter this giveaway, comment on this very post (here’s a link) and tell us your favorite BCS story that features myth or aspects of the mythic, and briefly why. “Crossroads and Gateways” deals with myth and fate and destiny; what is your favorite BCS story that tackles such matters.

Your comment post will enter you in a random drawing for the book. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

Enter soon, because this giveaway ends Tues. Sept. 23, at midnight PST! This giveaway has ended.

To get you started, here are some BCS stories that feature myth or aspects of the mythic:

Or whatever mythic BCS story is your favorite.

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Helen Marshall Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a story from BCS that arguably contains something mythic. Comments that do not mention a story from BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Tues. Sept. 23 . 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. The signed copy of Gifts for the One Who Comes After will be mailed 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!


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Penitent” by M. Bennardo

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo, a stark tale of visceral isolation from BCS #123 in June 2013, which also appears in our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five.

The BCS Audio Vault showcases past stories from the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor, or narrator.

BCS Audio Vault 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo is introduced by the author, detailing the real-life 19th-century prison and prisoner-isolation conditions that inspired the environment of the story.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Marie Brennan, Tina Connolly, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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