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BCS #198 – Waldroon, Linsteadt, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #198 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with stories of historical settings interpreted through lush literary voices.

Thomas M. Waldroon, whose previous BCS story “Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” in BCS #171 was given a Recommended rating by Locus online, returns to that historical literary colonial America setting with “‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’,” a tale of two brothers navigating personal and societal conflicts.

Sylvia V. Linsteadt (“Else This, Nothing Ever Grows” in BCS #125, July 11) paints a magical-realist historical northern California via two protagonists, young and old, interacting with their natural world in “Whale-Oil.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 174: Whale-Oil, the Sylvia V. Linsteadt story, guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee and BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

The From the Archives story with BCS #198 is “‘His Crowning Glory': a new tale of the Antique Lands” by Noreen Doyle, from BCS #111, a tale of pseudo-historical told in lush voice not unlike “‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’” or “Whale-Oil.”

All behind another view of our new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.


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BCS a 2016 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

The 2016 Hugo Award nominees were announced this week, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the fourth time, as we near our 200th issue, because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped keep BCS this year what it has become, especially Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, and every one of our readers and fans.


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Slush Update, 04/18/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before March 4, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Mar. 4 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 #197 – Tony Pi, Kelly Stewart, Guest-Narrated Podcast

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

BCS #197 is out today, with two stories featuring animal secondary characters and protagonists who must engage with them.

Tony Pi (“No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155, “The Curse of Chimère” in BCS #53, among others) returns to his candy hawker sorcerer from “No Sweeter Art,” which was a finalist for the Aurora Awards, in “The Sweetest Skill.” It’s a new tale in which Tangren Ao must treat with competing zodiac animal spirits in order to aid his city’s god.

Kelly Stewart in “Rabbit Grass” shows a young protagonist wary of a tricksy animal character who asks her for help.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill, Tony Pi’s story of candy-sculpting sorcery and zodiac animal spirits. It’s guest-narrated by audio book narrator John Meagher, who has narrated many past BCS podcast episodes, including BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, one of Tony Pi’s previous tales of Tangren Ao and zodiac spirits. That podcast was named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.

BCS #197 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 023: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, that previous tale of Tangren Ao that was a finalist for the Parsec Awards last year. It’s introduced by narrator John Meagher, talking about the story and its narration.

The From the Archives story with BCS #197 is “One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly, from BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, a tale in which human and animal characters must engage with each other.

All behind another view of our new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.


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Slush Update, 04/08/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before February 2, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Feb. 2 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 Named to Tiptree Award Long List

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

Two BCS stories from 2015 were named to the long list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, an award named after the legendary author and encouraging the exploration & expansion of gender.

BCS authors with work from other magazines named to the Tiptree Long List include Genevieve Valentine (“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere” in BCS #78, among others) and Yoon Ha Lee (“Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151, among many others; most recently “Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS #194 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168).

Congratulations, all!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere: Aliette de Bodard Wins BSFA

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Aliette de Bodard (“A Salvaging of Ghosts” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 170, “The Breath of War” in BCS #142 Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121, “The Moon Over Red Trees” in BCS #157 and podcast BCS 136, and many others) has won two British Science Fiction Association Awards. The House of Shattered Wings won for Best Novel, and “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” from Clarkesworld Magazine won for Best Short Story.

Congratulations! 


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BCS #196 – Alter S. Reiss, C.A. Hawksmoor, New Cover Art

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

BCS #196 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with stories of isolated characters exiled in isolated situations.

Alter S. Reiss (“By Appointment to the Throne” in BCS #155) takes us to a deserted island of strange visions where a sole exile encounters a newcomer in “Sea of Dreams.”

C.A. Hawksmoor (“Y Brenin” in BCS #167) returns to several of the characters from that story but in a much later, isolated situation and era in their lives in “The Stone Garden.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 172: Sea of Dreams, the Alter S. Reiss story of exile and strangeness. 

The From the Archives story with BCS #196 is “The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram, from BCS #150 and podcast BCS 130, guest-narrated by Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast and Escape Pod. It’s a story of strangeness and exile not unlike “Sea of Dreams.”  

All behind new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.


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New Cover Art: “Forest” by Geoffrey Icard

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #196 later this week (and the BCS #196 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “Forest” by Geoffrey Icard:

"Forest" by Geoffrey Icard


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