2013, 2014 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard’s story of society and motherhood in the aftermath of a colonial space warm, from BCS #142 Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121 guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Short Story.
Congratulations!! “The Breath of War” is a great story of character-centered, secondary-world (science) fantasy.
Aliette’s short fiction has appeared many times in BCS over the years, most recently “The Moon Over Red Trees” in BCS #157 Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 136.
Other Nebula finalists for work in other venues include BCS authors
Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!
BCS #167 is out today, featuring two authors new to BCS with tales of characters working their way through new places.
Bruce McAllister offers “Madonna,” a story of his two long-traveling companions encountering intriguing locals in a city rapt with festival. C. Allegra Hawksmoor in “Y Brenin” shows a character in turmoil over the mission he must complete and the person who ordered it.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 144: The King in the Cathedral by Rich Larson (author of “The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119), a story of two odd exiles and the newcomer who arrives in their midst.
The From the Archives story with BCS #167 is “The Motor, the Mirror, the Mind” by T.F. Davenport, from BCS #36 and our BCS steampunk anthology Ceaseless Steam, a tale of characters working their way through new places, not unlike “Madonna” or “Y Brenin.”
All behind a new angle of our new cover art: “Floating Town” by Takeshi Oga.
More BCS authors with stories appearing in other magazines this month:
BCS #166 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, new cover art, and a guest-narrated podcast story emerging from The BCS Audio Vault.
Stephen Case returns to BCS with “The Wizard’s House,” a prequel to his story “The Unborn God” in BCS #150 last spring (given a Recommended rating by Locus online).
Rich Larson (“The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119) offers “The King in the Cathedral,” a story of two odd exiles and the newcomer who arrives in their midst.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus by Tamara Vardomskaya, a tale of artistic pursuit and personal realization form BCS #164, guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including ast: “BCS 124: Golden Daughter, Stone Wife by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and BCS 137: Butterfly House by Gwendolyn Clare.
The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #166 is BCS Audio Vault 015: he Ascent of Unreason by Marie Brennan, set in her Driftwood world. It’s introduced by the author, explaining her aim of writing a story in that bleak Driftwood setting that was fun; one in which the characters refused to let the nihilism of that setting grind them down.
All behind new cover art: “Floating Town” by Takeshi Oga, a floating city in the sky unlike any you’ve ever seen.
Three stories from BCS made the 2014 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Jonathan Strahan, Lois Tilton, Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, Ellen Datlow, and many others.
The BCS stories named to the list:
These alongside many other BCS authors for stories that appeared in other magazines. Congratulations, all!
Several BCS authors have stories appearing in other magazines last month and this month:
- Rose Lemberg (“Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80 and “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” forthcoming in summer 2015) with poetry in the Jan/Feb issue of Uncanny
Out today is another episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 015: The Ascent of Unreason by Marie Brennan, read by Rajan Khanna, a tale of curiosity and brightness in her usually bleak Driftwood world.
Its airborne elements are also fitting with the stories forthcoming in BCS #166 and our new cover art debuting with this issue: “Floating Town,” by Takeshi Oga.
BCS Audio Vault 015: The Ascent of Unreason by Marie Brennan is introduced by the author, explaining her goal in writing a a story in the Driftwood setting that was fun; one in which the characters refused to let the nihilism of that setting grind them down.
To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.
Starting with BCS #166 on Thursday, which features Stephen Case and Rich Larson (and the BCS #166 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art for Late Winter/Early Spring will be “Floating Town,” by Takeshi Oga:
BCS #165 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, and a classic BCS story emerging from The BCS Audio Vault.
Therese Arkenberg returns to BCS with “For Lost Time,” another story in the long and fraught journey of her protagonists from “The Storms in Arisbat” in BCS #110 (given a Recommended rating by Locus online).
Raphael Ordoñez (“At the Edge of the Sea” in BCS #144 and podcast BCS 125, “Misbegotten” in BCS #113 and podcast BCS 097 (given a Recommended rating by Locus online and named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List) returns to BCS with “Day of the Dragonfly,” a tale epic, endearing, and strange.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 142: Everything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, a lyrical tale of journey both mythic and personal. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author, podcast narrator (including BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II by Angela Ambroz and BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard), and Parsec Award-winner as the director of the podcast Toasted Cake.
The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #165 is BCS Audio Vault 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe, a gritty tale of sword & sorcery aesthetics and mood combined with political intrigue and a fluid sense of self. It’s introduced by the author, detailing the 19th Century female adventurer’s travel log and the Kurosawa film that inspired facets of the story.
The From the Archives story with BCS #165 is “And Her Eyes Sewn Shut with Unicorn Hair” by Rosamund Hodge from BCS #73, a tale of struggle and quest for a duo of protagonists, not unlike “For Lost Time” or “Day of the Dragonfly.”