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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Nebula Finalists

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to BCS pieces by Jason Sanford and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam named finalists for the Nebula Award for Novelette, multiple other BCS authors had short fiction and novels in other venues named finalist for the Nebulas:

Along with David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1 and podcast BCS 002) named a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for YA SF/F.

Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!


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Jason Sanford, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam BCS Novelettes Finalists for Nebula Awards

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Two novelettes from BCS have been named finalists for the Nebula Awards!

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, from BCS #195 in Science-Fantasy Month 3, and “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, in BCS #214.

Congratulations, Jason and Bonnie! “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” is a story of family, duty, and loss, both personal and world, in a cool science-fantasy setting with technology and magic. “The Orangery” uses a more mythic conceit to examine duty, relationship dynamics, and loss.

Both great novelettes, and indicative of the breadth you’ll find in BCS: anything from science-fantasy to epic fantasy to steampunk, historical paranormal, Weird West, and unique mythic secondary worlds, all with a focus on the characters.


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BCS #219 – Seybold, Sim, Killjoy Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #219 is out today, featuring character-centered struggles from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated podcast.

Grace Seybold (“A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079; “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Gravity’s Exile,” a tale of a solo trek up a vertical world derailed by locals and invaders.

Jeremy Sim (“What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant” in BCS #206) offers “The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” where a character trying to overcome obsolete prospects must break free of entanglements from his past.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, from BCS #218. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 182: Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

The From the Archives story with BCS #219 is “Sinking Among Lilies” by Cory Skerry, from BCS #92, a story of a trek interrupted by locals and invaders, not unlike “Gravity’s Exile.”

All behind a new crop of our new cover art: “Source” by Florent Llamas.


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Slush Update, 02/13/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Jan. 5, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before January 5 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 #218 – Lingen, Killjoy, Lingen Podcast, Rambo Giveaway, New Cover Art

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

BCS #218 is out today, featuring forest-setting tales from a returning BCS author and a new one, a guest-narrated podcast, and new cover art.

Marissa Lingen (“Out of the Rose Hills” in BCS #173, “Armistice Day” in BCS #117 and podcast BCS 101, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among others) returns to BCS with “Out of the Woods,” a tale of outlaws, resistance, and the decision of whether to take action.

Margaret Killjoy offers “Men of the Ashen Morrow,” another tale set in the forest and likewise featuring personal relationships and duty.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 189: Out of the Woods, the Marissa Lingen story of outlaws, relationships, and choices. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS podcasts including BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken and BCS 171: The Mountains His Crown by Sarah Pinsker.

We’re also giving away a copy of BCS author Cat Rambo’s new short fiction collection Neither Here Nor There on the BCS Twitter. Details are here.

The From the Archives story with BCS #218 is “Sightwolf” by Erin Hoffman from BCS #72, a story of decisions that take place in a forest setting, not unlike “Out of the Woods” and “Men of the Ashen Morrow.”

All behind new cover art befitting the nature setting of these stories: “Source” by Florent Llamas.


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Cat Rambo Neither Here Nor There Story Collection Giveaway on Twitter

Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with the release of BCS author Cat Rambo’s new short fiction collection Neither Here Nor There, we’re giving away a copy of Neither Here Nor There.

Like her last collection Near + Far , Neither Here Nor There has two covers, one front and one back, is divided into two halves.

The giveaway will take place Thursday Feb. 9 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 Cat Rambo short story is. From her stories in BCS or anywhere else.

To get you started, here are a few of Cat Rambo’s stories:

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest ” in BCS #194 and podcast BCS 169

Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170

Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151

Love, Resurrected” in BCS #65 and podcast BCS 058

Narrative of a Beast’s Life” on Kindle

A full list on her website

Good luck!

Full rules for the Cat Rambo Neither Here Nor There 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 Cat Rambo. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction by Cat Rambo will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Feb. 9. 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).

You must tweet your tweet from 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 copy of Neither Here Nor There 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 Stories on Locus 2016 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Several works from BCS made the 2016 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, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Rachel Swirsky, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year and Year’s Best SF 34)

Shadows Weave” by Yoon Ha Lee

 

Novelette:

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

Told by an Idiot,” K.J. Parker (also named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List)

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other magazines and anthologies. Congratulations, all!


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BCS Circulation Totals for 2016

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2016 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2016, BCS published 26 issues, containing 56 pieces of fiction (37 stories, 18 novelettes, all originals; and one reprint). We also released 29 podcast episodes (23 originals and 6 episodes of The BCS Audio Vault), and our seventh Best of BCS ebook anthology.

BCS averaged 37,500 unique web visitors per month in 2016, compared to 37,000 in 2015.

The BCS podcast averaged 10,000 downloads per episode, up from 6700 per episode in 2015. Many episodes from past years continued to receive 3000-6000 new downloads in 2016.

Highlights of 2016 included a fourth Hugo Award finalist for Best Semiprozine, a sixth World Fantasy Award finalist, over thirty stories named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List, and stories named finalists for the Nebula and Parsec Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley, “Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson, “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, “A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard, and “Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, especially for the BCS podcasts. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2017!


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New Cover Art: “Source” by Florent Llamas.

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #218 next week, featuring new stories by Marissa Lingen and Margaret Killjoy, our new cover art will be “Source” by Florent Llamas.


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