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BCS #158 – Bossert, MacNab, Clare Podcast, de Bodard Audio Vault

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #158 is now out, featuring a new story by a World Fantasy Award winner, a guest-narrated podcast, and Audio Vault and From the Archives stories.

Gregory Norman Bossert (“The Telling” in BCS #109, winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Story) returns to BCS with “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light,” a novelette of nested tales spanning decades in the lifetime of several extraordinary characters.

Brynn MacNab makes a BCS debut with “The Rugmaker’s Lovers,” a darkly acute fable of life choices and their consequences.

BCS 137: Butterfly House by Gwendolyn Clare is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has read a number of previous episodes, including BCS 124: Golden Daughter, Stone Wife by Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is Gregory Norman Bossert’s World Fantasy Award-winner “The Telling,” a different type of setting and feel than “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” but just as rich and profound, with a mystery that remains unresolved until the final line.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 007: Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood by Aliette de Bodard, an Aztec steampunk tale from back in 2010. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the genesis of the Aztec setting extrapolated to a steampunk and post-war age.

Next issue, look for dark tales from two returning BCS authors, and another guest-narrated podcast...


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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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Tobler, Kakakia, Parker, Millering, Files

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing in other fine magazines this month:

  • K.J. Parker (“Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, Six Anniversary Double-Issue) with a reprint story in the Octomber Clarkesworld

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #157 Anniversary Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live

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

The final three stories from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and the bonus podcast are live on the BCS website today.

The stories include “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by multiple World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker and “Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare.

The bonus podcast, BCS 136: The Moon Over Red Trees, is the Aliette de Bodard story from earlier in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue. It’s guest-narrated by Kate Baker, the podcast director and familiar voice of Clarkesworld magazine.

All four of the stories in this issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their email or e-reader or smart phone.

If you’d like to subscribe, now is a great time to do it. During our Sixth Anniversary Ebook Sale, buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com and you’ll get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. But act soon; the sale ends next week!

Our two giveaways for signed Richard Parks Lord Yamada short story collections, one as paper book and one as audio book, have ended. But next week on Twitter, we will be giving away a signed hardback limited-edition K.J. Parker short story collection. Visit the link to see how you can enter.


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BCS at Capclave this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

CapclaveBCS will be at Capclave, the annual D.C.-area F/SF con (where reading is not extinct, unlike their star-crossed con mascot avian at right), this weekend.

I’m on three panels, all dealing with online magazines or their podcasts:

  • Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing (Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine)
  • Friday 6:00 pm: From Pod to Page ( For stories existing in both print and podcast form, how do they change?)
  • Saturday 5:00 pm: Best Short Fiction of 2014 (Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites?)

I will also have plenty of the brand new BCS flyer, featuring the cover art from our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet, and anthology-cover postcards, including the cover of the new Best of BCS Year Five anthology. Feel free to say hello!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Rambo, Levine, Miller, Humphrey

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

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point,” forthcoming in BCS late this fall) in the Sept/Oct Interzone

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #157, Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Ebook Sale, Giveaways, 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.

(Congratulations to the two winners of the audio book edition of Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter! That giveaway was only mentioned in the podcast of The Sorrow of Rain. Your reward for keeping your ears peeled!)

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; your favorite monster or beast from any Lord Yamada story. Try to be specific if you can, 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. This giveaway has ended.

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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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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