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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Armistice Day” by Marissa Lingen

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 010: Armistice Day by Marissa Lingen (“Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among others, plus “A House of Gold and Steel” forthcoming next issue), a tale of a layered society dealing with the social complications of having won a war.

The BCS Audio Vault showcases past stories from the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor, or narrator.

BCS Audio Vault 010: Armistice Day by Marissa Lingen is introduced by the author, explaining the real-world figures who inspired the story’s thematic focus and the main characters.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Kressel, Larson, Lingen

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, BCS Authors Elsewhere, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Rich Larson (“The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119, and a new story “The King in the Cathedral” forthcoming early next year) in the November Apex

Congratulations, all!


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Slush Update, 11/14/14

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before October 14, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Oct. 14 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 #160 – Bennardo, Hickman & Podcast, Tallerman Audio Vault

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #160 is out, featuring stories by a returning BCS author and a new one, a podcast, and a guest-introduced Audio Vault podcast.

M. Bennardo (“The Use and the Need” in BCS #148 and podcast BCS 128, “The Penitent” in BCS #122 and podcast BCS 106 and BCS Audio Vault 006, among others) returns to BCS with “A Guest of the Cockroach Club,” a novelette of a character driven to the edge of mania in 1820s Washington D.C. Peter Hickman offers “The Streetking,” a thief story of unusual voice and relationships.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 139: The Streetking, the Peter Hickman thief tale, showcasing its unusual voice.

The BCS Audio Vault features BCS Audio Vault 009: Ill-Met at Midnight,” David Tallerman’s story of assassin intrigue from BCS #128. It’s introduced by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, whose short fiction narrations have appeared in BCS (BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi), Cast of Wonders, and Podcastle among others,  including our original BCS Podcast of “Ill-Met at Midnight,” commenting on the story’s non-traditional approach to assassin protagonists.

The From the Archives with BCS #160 is “Fleurs du Mal” by J. Kathleen Cheney, from BCS #56, which builds a creepy mood not unlike M. Bennardo’s “A Guest of the Cockroach Club.”

Next issue, look for tales set in societies where the presence of multiple populations causes friction, including a mystery from returning BCS author Margaret Ronald (“The Governess and the Lobster” in BCS #95, “A Serpent in the Gears” in BCS #34, and seven others) that’s a sequel to “A Death for the Ageless” in BCS #134 last November.


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Ill-Met at Midnight” by David Tallerman

Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is another new episode of our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault: 009: Ill-Met at Midnight by David Tallerman, a tale of intrigue in midnight gardens from BCS #128 back in 2013.

The BCS Audio Vault showcases past stories from the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, each introduced by a special guest author, editor, or narrator.

BCS Audio Vault 009: Ill-Met at Midnight by David Tallerman is introduced by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, who narrated our podcast of the story, as well as BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, admiring the story’s engagingly non-traditional approach to assassin protagonists.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Marie Brennan, John Meagher, and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.


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BCS at World Fantasy This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS will be at World Fantasy Convention in Washington DC this weekend!

I’m on a panel Friday at noon–Guns, Gears and Wheels: Medieval Technology in Fantasy. I’ll also be at the opening ceremonies honoring the World Fantasy Award nominees and the award ceremony on Sunday.

I will have a stack of shiny new BCS flyers and special World Fantasy anthology-cover postcards. Feel free to say hello, if you see me in the halls or in the bar. I’m always delighted to meet BCS authors, podcast listeners, and readers.


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BCS #157, #158, #159 Reviewed at Locus Online

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #157, #158, and #159 were reviewed last weekend by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including multiple stories lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.

From BCS #157 (our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue), she called “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks, “A moving, simple story in a setting that evokes a scene on a painted scroll. Recommended.

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker she says is “…told in the author’s usual wry and witty narrative voice. The concluding theme turns out to be truth and the utility of a lie… I look forward to more of these. Recommended.” 

In “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard, “readers will suspect (the narrator) of planning revenge… but the story takes a different path. Readers familiar with the author’s recent work will recognize… the same concern with ancestral heritage and the gynocentric family structure.”

From BCS #158, of “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert, she says “There’s a strong mythic tone here… The story is a tragedy, the destruction of an innocent in the course of a struggle between two greater enemies.” Of “The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab, “The rugmaker’s sin is a personal one… The scale is domestic, not dynastic. And some of the characters, at least, manage to find a manner of peace in the end, if not actual happiness or joy.”

And in BCS #159, “The Burned Man,” by Hannah Strom-Martin “A tale of treachery and vengeance. The author leaves the narrator’s response as a mystery to readers – will he take the lesson or will he continue to pursue his own perilous love?”

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #159 – Files, Strom-Martin, MacNab Podcast, Kressel Audio Vault

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

BCS #159 is now out, featuring dark stories by two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a huge fantasy anthology.

Gemma Files (“A Feast for Dust” in BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114) returns to BCS with “Drawn Up From Deep Places,” a new novelette of her haunted sea captain Jerusalem Parry, who also appeared in “Two Captains” in BCS #125. Hannah Strom-Martin (“Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “The Burned Man,” a darkly acute fable of life choices and their consequences.

BCS 138: The Rugmaker’s Lovers by Brynn MacNab is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, a dark fable from BCS #158. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, ofttimes BCS podcast narrator and author of another dark fable, “The Nine-Tailed Cat” from BCS #70 and podcast BCS 062

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “In the Gardens of the Night” by Siobhan Carroll, from BCS #74, a tale of palace intrigue and acute choices not unlike “The Burned Man,” but from a different perspective.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 008: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, a tale of a powerful demon clashing with her underling and the human who battles her to rescue his son. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the evolution of the setting (also featured in “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133) and the story’s exploration of the demons’ and humans’ personal relationships.

We are also giving away a signed copy of the new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, which features four stories from BCS and nine other stories by BCS authors. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wednesday Nov. 5!

Next issue, look for lighter tales, including a strange one from returning BCS author M. Bennardo (“The Penitent” in BCS #122,“After Compline, Silence Falls” in BCS #107, and others)…


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Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Anthology Giveaway

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

A great new anthology The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry comes out next week, featuring four stories from BCS and nine other great stories by BCS authors, and we’re giving away a copy.

This anthology includes BCS stories by Richard Parks, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Saladin Ahmed, as well as other stories by BCS authors K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, Chris Willrich, Tony Pi, Matthew David Surridge, Genevieve Valentine, and many more.

It has twenty-five stories overall; plus an introduction written by me, BCS Editor-in-Chief Scott H. Andrews, in which I pontificate on classic fantasy takes on warriors and wizards and how, in the hands of skilled authors like all those above, those classic takes have evolved and broadened to include varied peoples and lands and to offer an examination of what it means to be who these characters are.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite warrior or wizard character from BCS. Any warrior or wizard, from any BCS story. For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wed. Nov. 5! This giveaway has ended.

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories featuring warriors and/or wizards, beginning with the four that are in this anthology:

Fox Bones. Many Uses.” by Alex Dally MacFarlane (BCS #95)

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed (BCS #15)

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #144, podcast BCS 124)

Lady of the Ghost Willow” by Richard Parks (BCS #53)

 

How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich (BCS #99, podcast BCS 077)

From the Spices of Sanandira” by Bradley P. Beaulieu (BCS #70)

Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood” by Aliette de Bodard (BCS #45, podcast BCS 041)

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (BCS #155, podcast BCS 133)

The Three Feats of Agani” by Christie Yant (BCS #100, podcast BCS 086)

 Good luck!

Full rules for The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention a warrior or a wizard character from a story that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Nov. 5, 2014. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (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 The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, 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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