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BCS #243 – Harris, Dinjos, Dinjos Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #243 is out today, featuring stories of featuring stories of remembrance and its reach into the present.

Nin Harris offers “Benefactors of Silence,” a tale of music and the connections of a war survivor to the other side.

Walter Dinjos (“The Mama Mmiri” in BCS #190 and podcast BCS 164) returns to BCS with “Nneamaka’s Ghost,” in which a young man faces an insistent obligation.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 209: Benefactors of Silence, the Nin Harris tale of music and a war survivor facing her her identity and role.

From the Archives with BCS #243 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story of a survivor of war not unlike “Benefactors of Silence,” but focused on the art of food rather than the art of music.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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Slush Update, 01/10/18

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Nov. 18, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before November 18 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 #242 – Vardomskaya, Strom-Martin, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #242 is out today, featuring stories of music and its impact on people and societies.

Tamara Vardomskaya (“The Three Dancers of Gizari” in BCS #192 & podcast BCS 166, The Guardian’s Head” in BCS #186, “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” in BCS #164 & podcast BCS 143) returns to BCS with “Suite for Accompanied Cello,” a tale of a woman caught between past glories and current burdens.

Hannah Strom-Martin (“The Burned Man” in BCS #159, “Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “An Aria for the Bloodlords,” in which a maestro faces revolutionaries and the rulers who control music and society.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello, the Vardomskaya story of a woman caught between her past and present. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari and BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus, both also by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #242 is “Playing for Amarante” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #65, a story of music and its sometimes maddening effect, not unlike “Suite for Accompanied Cello” or “An Aria for the Bloodlords.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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BCS #241 – Seybold, Beehr, Arkenberg Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #241 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of family and duty.

Grace Seybold (“Gravity’s Exile” in BCS #219, “A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079, “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Trette’s Bones,” in which a young woman considers a sacrifice for her family and village.

Dana Beehr (“Dreams of Peace” in BCS #122) offers “Forever Night,” following a young man on a mission that may not be what he was told it was.

From the Archives with BCS #241 is “The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg, from BCS #179, the third in a series of stories, following “For Lost Time” in BCS #165 and “The Storms in Arisbat” in BCS #110, not unlike offers “Forever Night.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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Slush Update, 12/17/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Oct. 23, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before October 23 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 #240 – Bennardo, Case, New Cover Art

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #240 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of journey and relationship, behind new cover art.

M. Bennardo (“A Guest of the Cockroach Club” in BCS #160, “The Use and the Need” in BCS #148 and podcast BCS 128, “The Penitent” in BCS #122 and podcast BCS 106: , among others) offers “Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” in which a burgeoning relationship grows during honeymoon travel on a 19th Century canal boat.

Stephen Case returns to the world and characters of his BCS stories “The Aeroliths” in BCS #212, “The Wizard’s House” in BCS #166, and “The Unborn God” in BCS #150 with “The Wind’s Departure,” a sequel tale about the wizard, his wind companion, and his former master and god.

From the Archives with BCS #240 is “The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart, from BCS #146, another tale of a nascent relationship within a life confined.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind our new cover art for winter for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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New Cover Art: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #240 this week, featuring stories by M. Bennardo and Stephen Case, our new cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere will be “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus:


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On Giving Tuesday, Consider Donating to BCS

Posted in: About BCS, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

Tuesday Nov. 28 is Giving Tuesday, a day every year when charities and non-profits ask for your generosity, to support them in their work benefitting others.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a non-profit. Our parent company, Firkin Press, has 501c3 tax-exempt status from the IRS, to promote SF/F short fiction as literature.

This does not come cheaply. We publish 55 stories and 25 podcasts every year. We read hundreds of submissions every month, and write personalized replies to all of them. Our staff give countless hours of their time, but we depend on ebook sales and reader donations to pay our authors and artists.

On this Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to BCS. We welcome all donations, of any amount; one-time donations or smaller regular donations. Because we are a 501c3 approved by the IRS, donations are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.

To make a one-time donation, of any amount, click the PayPal “Donate” button below. (You don’t need a Paypal account.)

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With your permission, we will proudly include your name or a pseudonym on our list of Donors. Or you can stay totally anonymous. For more information, see our Donor Information page.

Thank you very much for your support of BCS!


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BCS #239 – Castro & Zinos-Amaro, Ashley, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #239 is out today, two days early for the U.S. holiday, featuring tales of beauty and art and life.

Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro pen “The Mouth of the Oyster,” in which a blind accountant and husband faces the choice of seeing beauty again.

Michael Anthony Ashley (“A Courtship of Beasts” in BCS #209, “Hence the King from Kagehana” in BCS #81, “To Kiss the Granite Choir” in BCS #27) returns to BCS with “Woe and Other Remedies,” a tale of art and depravity and spectacle and their effect.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 207: The Mouth of the Oyster, the Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro story of seeing beauty and life. Marie Brennan caper. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has narrated a number of past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast including BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves by Claire Humphrey, BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

From the Archives with BCS #239 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200 and podcast BCS 178, a tale of sight and beauty and life not unlike Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s “The Mouth of the Oyster.” 

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: “Riverhome” by Veli Nyström.


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