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BCS #217 – Pi, Hawksmoor, Castroianni Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #217 is out today, featuring tales from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.

Tony Pi (“The Sweetest Skill” in BCS #197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155 and podcast BCS 133, among others) returns to BCS with “Proteus Lost,” a Renaissance-setting adventure-fantasy tale of puzzles and codices.

Cae Hawksmoor (“The Stone Garden” in BCS #196, “Y Brenin” in BCS #167) takes to ghost-filled skies in “Requiem for the Unchained.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is with BCS 188: Think Of Winter by Eleanna Castroianni, from BCS #216. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcasts 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.

The From the Archives story with BCS #217 is “The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, from BCS #84, a tale of Renaissance-setting intrigue and mystery not unlike “Proteus Lost.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Yant, Tem, Bossert, and More

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several more BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere recently:

  • Charles Payseur (“Where Rivers Run Free,” forthcoming this spring) likewise in the Dec. Lightspeed

Congratulations, all!


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BCS at ConFusion in Detroit this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS will be at ConFusion 2017 in Detroit this weekend, a great regional writer and F/SF fan con.

I will be on panels about author persona and storytelling, and another about a classic science fiction TV show.

  • Sat noon: The Dynasty of Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Sat 1pm: Everything I Need To Know About Storytelling, I Learned From Daffy Duck “Duck Amuck”
  • Sat 3pm: How To Author Your Author Persona

BCS authors in attendance will include Saladin Ahmed, Jason Sanford, Michael J. DeLuca, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Mishell Baker, along with many other F/SF authors and fans.

I will have the usual stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards. If you see me in the bar, or in the con suite at the keg of barrel-aged stout at 2:30 AM like four years ago, feel free to say hello!


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Slush Update, 01/16/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Dec. 13, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before November 13 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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2017 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible.

How to Become Eligible to Nominate
To be eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to the 2017 Worldcon, Worldcon 75, in Helsinki, Finland or the 2018 Worldcon in San José as of January 31, 2017, or have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, MidAmericon II in Kansas City.

How to Nominate:
This year for submitting nominations online, members are being sent a voting link via email, which is customized to their membership. (Unlike past years, it is not a PIN or password system.) A paper ballot is reputedly available in the con’s Progress Report 3. For more information, see Worldcon 75’s Hugos page and the official Hugo site

Also, this year the way nominations will be tallied is different. A summary of those changes is here.

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:59 am EDT, 06:59 GMT, 0:859 in Finland, on March 18).

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2016, which is BCS #190 through BCS #215, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2016 and which category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for Best Semiprozine.

Best Short Story:

A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Best SF&F of the Year) (named to Year’s Best SF 34)

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Year’s Best SF&F) (named to Best SF&F of the Year)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Wind Shall Blow” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Novelette:

The Book of How to Live” by Rose Lemberg (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Year’s Best SF&F)

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Best SF&F of the Year)

Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in.

For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Best Short Story:

Where She Went” by Linden A. Lewis (named to the 2016 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The True and Otherworldly Origins of the Name ‘Calamity Jane’” by Jordan Kurella (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Jeweled Nawab Jungle Retreat” by Priya Sridhar (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Masks of the Mud God” by Greg Kurzawa

 

The Marvelous Inventions of Mr. Tock” by Daniel Baker

The Uncarved Heart” by Evan Dicken

The Garden of Ending” by K.J. Kabza

Dearly Departed” by Kelly Stewart

 

A Cup of Comfort” by Stephanie Burgis

The Wind Shall Blow” by Gregory Norman Bossert (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Teeth, Tapestries” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Abere and the Poisoner” by Jonathan Edelstein

 

To Rise No More” by Marie Brennan (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Patchwork Procedure” by Claude Lalumière (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant” by Jeremy Sim

Ebb Stung By the Flow” by E. Catherine Tobler

 

Under She Who Devours Suns” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Mortal Eyes” by Ann Chatham (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows” by Luke Nolby (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Blood Reckonings” by Alec Austin (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Shadow’s Weave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Year’s Best SF&F) (named to Best SF&F of the Year)

They Said the Desert” by A.T. Greenblatt (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

Whale-Oil” by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

The Sweetest Skill” by Tony Pi (Parsec Award finalist)

Rabbit Grass” by Kelly Stewart (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Sea of Dreams” by Alter S. Reiss (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Stone Garden” by Cae Hawksmoor

A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Best SF&F of the Year) (named to Year’s Best SF 34)

The Mountains His Crown” by Sarah Pinsker (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” by Cat Rambo (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Right Bright Courier” by Anaea Lay (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

And the Blessing of the Angels Came Upon Them” by Dean Wells (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Salt Circles” by Andrew F. Sullivan

The Three Dancers of Gizari” by Tamara Vardomskaya (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley (named to Year’s Best SF&F)

Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe” by D.K. Thompson

The Mama Mmiri” by Walter Dinjos

Best Novelette:

The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Aeroliths” by Stephen Case

A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill

The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” by A.M. Dellamonica (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Book of How to Live” by Rose Lemberg (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

A Courtship of Beasts” by Michael Anthony Ashley (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

George & Frank Tarr, Boy Avencherers, in ‘Beeyon the Shours We Knowe!!!!’” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Salt and Sorcery” by Raphael Ordoñez

 

A Deeper Green” by Samantha Murray (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Fire in the Haze” by Mishell Baker

Nothing But the Sky” by Gwendolyn Clare (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente

 

Cloud Dweller” by E. Catherine Tobler

‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’” by Thomas M. Waldroon

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Year’s Best SF&F)

 

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (named to Best SF&F of the Year)

Told By An Idiot” by K.J. Parker (Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Longsleeves” by Mike Allen

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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BCS #216 – Humphrey, Castroianni, Humphrey Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #216 is out today, featuring shifting-memory tales from a returning BCS author and a new one, and a new, guest-narrated episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.

Claire Humphrey (“Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines” in BCS #135) returns to BCS with “Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves,” a story of odd magic and odd family dynamic.

Eleanna Castroianni offers “Think Of Winter,” a tale of odd dynamic between a family survivor and the outsider that comes calling.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves, the Claire Humphrey story. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has read past BCS podcasts including BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

The From the Archives story with BCS #216 is “Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #116 and podcast BCS 099, a tale of family dynamic perturbed by the arrival of an outsider.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.


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BCS Stories Selected for Year’s Best Anthologies

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

A number of BCS stories from 2016 have been honored with selection for the top year’s-best anthologies in F/SF short fiction!

In Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017

In Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11,

And in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, the longest-running and most venerable of the year’s bests,

Congratulations, all! Especially Seth and Aliette, for their stories being selected twice!


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BCS Stories on Tangent Online 2016 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Tangent OnlineSeveral dozen BCS stories from 2016 made the 2016 Recommended Reading List at Tangent Online, the long-running F/SF short fiction review site: thirty-two BCS stories and novelettes total, over the array of tiers on their list.

At the list’s initial tier, the BCS pieces so honored are:

At the one-star tier:

At the two-star tier:

At the three-star tier:

Congratulations, all!!


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Slush Update, 12/22/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Nov. 26, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before November 26 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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