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BCS Authors Elsewhere: Yoon Ha Lee Wins Locus Award

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The Locus Awards, voted by readers of Locus magazine in their reader poll, were awarded last weekend, and BCS author Yoon Ha Lee won in the category First Novel, for Ninefox Gambit.

Congratulations! Yoon’s short fiction first appeared in BCS in Issue #2, the first of many, including several stories in our science-fantasy special issues, such as “Foxfire, Foxfire” from BCS #194 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168, which was a finalist for the Locus Award in the category Novelette.

And congratulations to all the other winners and finalists!


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BCS #228 – Edelstein, Howe, Howe Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #228 is out today, featuring stories of characters and the written word and its impact.

Jonathan Edelstein (“The Shark God’s Child” in BCS #222; “Abere and the Poisoner” in BCS #208 and podcast BCS 182) offers “Of Letters They Are Made,” the story of an archeo-linguist using tales and manuscripts and children’s insight to try to solve an ancient language and what it means for the present.

Justin Howe (“Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 076, “Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” in BCS #26 and podcast BCS 024, among others) offers “A Late Quintessence,” a return to the city setting of “Shadows Under Hexmouth Street” with a character caught between institutional directive and the power of the word.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 199: A Late Quintessence, the Justin Howe story, with its taut confrontation of institutional directive.

From the Archives with BCS #228 is “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir, from BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, a story of and about tales and manuscripts and institutional directive.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.


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Slush Update, 06/09/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Apr. 30, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before April 30 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 #227 – Wallis, Jamieson-Lucy, Guest-Narrated Podcast, New Cover Art

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #227 is out, featuring stories of characters fighting to live their lives under oppressive societal conditions.

Wren Wallis (“The Red Cord” in BCS #82) returns to BCS with “After Burning,” a story of a character caught between war, its cost, and its adherents. Allison Jamieson-Lucy offers “Two Bodies in Basting Stitch,” with a character caught between her society and her love.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch, the Allison Jamieson-Lucy story. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #227 is “Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall, from BCS#177 and podcast BCS 155, a story of a character fighting war and its adherents, not unlike “After Burning.” 

All behind new cover art for early summer for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Monument” by Jeff Brown.


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BCS 2017 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

Posted in: Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription or donated to BCS during our 2017 Subscription Drive!

We made our second stretch goal! With a surge on the last day of the drive. Our word-count limit for submissions is now 14,000 words. Thank you for making that happen!

Thank you also to all who RT’d or shared or otherwise helped spread word, or bought gift subscriptions for other readers, or tweeted or posted about the drive or BCS or our stories or podcasts. That is a great help to us too; reaching readers with our stories and podcasts.

We have many great stories forthcoming this year, from returning BCS authors and ones new to our pages, including Richard Parks (the first two stories in a new series), Margaret Ronald, Rebecca Campbell, Marissa Lingen, Stephen Case, Charles Payseur, and many promising newcomers. Plus a new Science-Fantasy Month and a new Birdverse novella by Nebula finalist Rose Lemberg, twice as long as any piece BCS has ever published, with a special podcast version of that novella–over four hours long.

We hope you enjoy them!

"Monument" by Jeff Brown


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New Cover Art: “Monument” by Jeff Brown

Posted in: Cover Art, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #227 this week, featuring stories by Wren Wallis and Allison Jamieson-Lucy, our new cover art for spring will be “Monument” by Jeff Brown:


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close May 31

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards close on Wednesday! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past three years, BCS has been a finalist for six WFAs and won the 2013 WFA for Short Fiction.

For readers interested in nominating, here are details on how to do it, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Also, note the short deadline: May 31.

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2016, Columbus OH) or the year before (2015, Saratoga Springs NY) or are a member this year (2017, San Antonio, TX), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes MAY 31, 2017.

How to Nominate:
The front page of the WFC 2017 website has a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

Unlike in past years, no email ballot seems to have been emailed to attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions.

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

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

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

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

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

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente (Eugie Foster Award finalist)

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

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

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford (Tangent Recommended Reading List) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F) (Nebula Award finalist)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for considering our stories!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

This is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in.

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

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

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

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

Longsleeves” by Mike Allen

 

Where She Went” by Linden A. Lewis (selected for 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 (Locus Recommended Reading List)

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

 “Cloud Dweller” by E. Catherine Tobler

 

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

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

Salt and Sorcery” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Aeroliths” by Stephen Case

 

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

Fire in the Haze” by Mishell Baker

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

 

Novella:

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

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

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

 

‘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) (selected for Year’s Best SF&F) (Nebula Award finalist)

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

Thank you for considering our stories.


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BCS #226 – Parks, Row, Parks Podcast, Ahmed Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #226 is out, featuring stories of questing and relationships.

Richard Parks (a dozen stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Sorrow of Rain” in BCS #157 and “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63, plus standalone pieces like “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131 and “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) begins a new series in BCS with “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” following a daughter-and-father team of monster hunters in an ancient China setting.

Ryan Row offers “A Place to Grow,” the first-ever BCS piece written in second-person point of view, a story likewise of relationships and a quest, although from another facet of the quest.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil, the Richard Parks story of the daughter-and-father monster hunters. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 189: Out of the Woods by Marissa Lingen, BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken, and BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn.

From the Archives with BCS #226 is “Where Virtue Lives” by Slaadin Ahmed, from BCS #15, an origin story of a team of intergenerational monster hunters and the relationship between them, not unlike “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.” 

The BCS 2017 Ebook Subscription Drive continues, having just reached its first goal! Subscribe (or donate) and you’ll help us unlock our stretch goals to raise our word-count limit for submissions.

All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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BCS Subscription Drive Update: First Goal Unlocked!

Posted in: Subscription Drive, Uncategorized by Scott H. Andrews

The 2017 BCS Subscription Drive has unlocked its first goal!

BCS ebook subscriptions are a major source of revenue for the magazine. They cost only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues, and subscribers get new issues a week before the website.

Our goal is to get enough new/ renewing subscribers or new donors that we can raise our word-count limit for submissions.  Our limit has always been one of the highest of any online magazine, and we raised it to 11,000 words as a goal in last year’s Subscription Drive. With your help, this year we’d like to raise it even higher: to 12,000 words, 14,000, or even 20,000.

Yesterday we passed our first goal, 25 new/renewing subscribers or new donors. Thank you, all! Effective immediately, BCS has raised our submissions word-count limit to 12,000 words.

Help us raise it even higher! See the 2017 BCS Subscription Drive for details on how to subscribe or donate, what you get when you subscribe, and some of the great new and returning BCS authors forthcoming in the magazine. Thank you for your support!


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