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BCS #204 – Tobler, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Campbell Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #204 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors.

E. Catherine Tobler returns to BCS with “Ebb Stung By the Flow,” another story set in the same traveling circus setting as many of her previous BCS stories (“Cloud Dweller” in BCS #199, “Splitskin” in BCS #172, “We, As One, Trailing Embers” in BCS #147 podcast BCS 127, “Artificial Nocturne” in BCS #126, “Lady Marmalade” in BCS #98), featuring two seminal characters in this sequence’s mythos.

Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” in BCS #178, “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” in BCS #144, “The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118) offers “Under She Who Devours Suns,” a tale of relationship and conflict.

The From the Archives story with BCS #204 is “Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell, from BCS #184 and podcast BCS 161, which was named to the Locus Recommended Reading list and was reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016, edited by Rich Horton.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year and from 2015, including BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, a sequel to BCS 133: No Sweeter Art that last year was named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.


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Slush Update, 07/15/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 29, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 29 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 #203 – Baker, Jones, Jones Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #203 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author and a new one.

Mishell Baker (“Throwing Stones” in BCS #47) picks up the protagonist from “Throwing Stones” many years later, wrestling with the lingering traces of that relationship.

Rachael K. Jones offers “The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles,” a tale of a character trapped and yearning to burst free.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 180: The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles, Rachael K. Jones’s story of yearning to burst free, guest-narrated by Setsu Uzume.

The From the Archives story with BCS #203 is “The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 136, guest-narrated by Kate Baker of Clarkesworld magazine.


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BCS at Readercon 2016

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS returns to ReaderCon in 2016, this year in a new location in south Boston!

I am on two panels during the con, discussing a classic Weird Westerns element and secondary-world settings:

Friday, 11:00 AM: Cowboys of Space. Ways in which SF and Fantasy perpetuate a cowboy mythology—a mythology of violent heroes, with a legacy of exploitation, vigilantism and brutality... The true histories of cowboys in the American West are far more complex and colorful than many movies and paperback westerns would have us believe. How can we draw on real history to subvert and dismantle cowboy spaceman clichés?

Saturday, 12:00 PM: Engineering in Fantasy, which also includes BCS author Fran Wilde (“Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” in BCS #181 and podcast BCS 157: Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud). From wings and kites to bridges and plumbing, engineering is a necessary underpinning of fantasy and science fiction both. Panelists will discuss why engineering makes for great crossover science in fiction.

Lots of BCS authors are also scheduled to be present, including James Morrow, Gemma Files, Matthew Kressel, Justin Howe, Michael J. DeLuca, Kenneth Schneyer, Mike Allen, and Alex Dally MacFarlane.

I’ll have flyers featuring cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet and Jonas de Ro and Raphael Lacoste and postcards for Best of BCS Year Six and our Weird Western anthology Ceaseless West. Feel free to drop by either panel or stop me in the halls!


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BCS #202 – Chatham, Nolby, Chatham Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #202 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author and a new one.

Ann Chatham (“Pilgrims” in BCS #141 and podcast BCS 120; “A Marble for the Drowning River” in BCS #94 and podcast BCS 082) traverses a midnight encounter with a Hunt in “Mortal Eyes,” with strange woodland beings demanding to give a repayment.

Luke Nolby offers “The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows,” crossing between memories and reality as the past looks to take a toll on the present.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 179: Mortal Eyes, the Ann Chatham story. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt and BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee.

The From the Archives story with BCS #202 is “Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files, from BCS #159, another tale of past and dream impacting the present and reality, not unlike “The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows.”

All behind a new crop of our likewise sky-bound new cover art for early summer: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.


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Slush Update, 06/20/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 29, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 29 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 Authors Elsewhere – Larson, Acks, de Bodard

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several more BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere recently:

Congratulations!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Miller, Ronald, Tallerman, Walters

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point” in BCS #163 and podcast BCS 140) in the July Clarkesworld

Congratulations!


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BCS #201 – Clare, Austin, Catherynne M. Valente Podcast

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #201 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors and our longest podcast episode ever.

Gwendolyn Clare (“Butterfly House” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 137) crosses a world of floating islands and stratefied society on an investigation sparked by nested tales in “Nothing But the Sky.”

Alec Austin (“Fire Rises” in BCS #180, “Atonement” in BCS #140, “Casualties” in BCS #110) takes his vividly character-centered military epic fantasy voice back to the world of “Blood Remembers” from BCS #117 in “Blood Reckonings,” a tale of self-empowered characters scheming for leverage.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is a special one: BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery, the Catherynne M. Valente novelette from BCS #200. It’s the longest BCS podcast episode ever, clocking in at nearly 70 minutes long. Its lush and rollicking first-person voice is narrated by voice actor Heath Miller.

The From the Archives story with BCS #201 is “Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde, from BCS #181 and podcast BCS 157, set in a sky-bound world different from that in Gwendolyn Clare’s “Nothing But the Sky” but constrained by similar environmental harshness.

All behind a new crop of our likewise sky-bound new cover art for early summer: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.


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