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New Cover Art: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du

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

Starting with BCS #214 next week (and the BCS #214 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du:

"The Sacred Flames" by Jinxu Du


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Slush Update, 11/23/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Nov. 2, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before November 2 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 #213 – Kurzawa, Baker, Dikeman Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #213 is live today, two days early for the US holiday this week, featuring dark tales from a returning BCS author and a new one.

Greg Kurzawa (“The Study of Monstrosities” — in BCS #127 and podcast BCS 109) returns to BCS with “Masks of the Mud God,” a dark tale of family and dominance and legend.

Daniel Baker offers “The Marvelous Inventions of Mr. Tock,” a tale of an investigator confronting questionable morality in a suspect and himself.

The From the Archives story with BCS #213 is “Clockwork Heart, Clockwork Soul” by Kris Dikeman, from BCS #16 back in 2009, facing an equally dark and maniacal foe as in “The Marvelous Inventions of Mr. Tock.” 

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including one named a finalist for the 2016 Parsec Awards, F/SF highest awards for podcasting–a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher–and others by Gregory Norman Bossert, Marie Brennan, Rachael K. Jones, and more.


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Slush Update, 11/17/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Oct. 7, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before October 7 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 in Heiresses of Russ 2016 Anthology

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

One BCS story and multiple other BCS authors will appear in this year’s edition of the annual year’s-best anthology Heiresses of Russ!

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, from BCS #175, also a finalist for this year’s Nebula Awards, leads off the table of contents.

Heiresses of Russ, an anthology series of the year’s best lesbian speculative fiction, is edited this year by BCS author A.M. Dellamonica (“The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” in BCS #209) and Steve Berman.

It includes other stories by BCS authors:

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #212 – Case, Dicken, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Schneyer Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #212 is out today, featuring one returning BCS author with a story set in that world and one new one.

Stephen Case (“The Wizard’s House” in BCS #166, “The Unborn God” in BCS #150, among others) returns to BCS with “The Aeroliths,” a tale set in the same world and featuring some of the same characters as the two above. 

Evan Dicken offers “The Uncarved Heart,” a tale of subjugation and childhood companions’ struggle with rebellion.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart, the Evan Dicken story of rebellion. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has narrated multiple past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 157: Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud by Fran Wilde and BCS 146: Sun, Stone, Spear by Carrie Vaughn. 

The From the Archives story with BCS #212 is “Serkers and Sleep” by Kenneth Schneyer, from BCS #96, a tale of childhood companionship and struggle not unlike “The Uncarved Heart.”


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Slush Update, 10/26/16

Posted in: Uncategorized by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Sept. 15, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before September 15 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 #211 – Kabza, Stewart, Kabza Podcast, Arkenberg Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #211 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors and a From the Archives piece by another multiple-time BCS author.

KJ Kabza (“Steady on Her Feet” in BCS #168, “The Leafsmith in Love” in BCS #39,) returns to BCS with “The Garden of Ending,” a tale of societal ritual and the human personages and emotional toll it involves. Kelly Stewart (“Rabbit Grass” in BCS #197) offers “Dearly Departed,” a tale of duty and unusual companionship in battling oddities.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 185: The Garden of Ending, the KJ Kabza story of societal ritual and personal stakes.

The From the Archives story with BCS #211 is “For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg, from BCS #165, a tale of odd companions battling a fearsome foe, not unlike “Dearly Departed.”

All behind a new crop of our new cover art, “Ambush” by Raphael Lacoste.


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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 2016 in Columbus OH this weekend.

I’m on a panel Saturday at noon:

Sword and Sorcery Today: Still Slashing Away. James Moore (m), David Drake, Mercedes Lackey, S.M. Stirling, Scott Andrews

I’ll be bringing to the discussion ideas about broader S&S, not only in terms of diversity of characters, authors, and settings but also in terms of literary elements and wildly unexpected takes. I’ll also be at the opening ceremonies honoring the World Fantasy Award nominees and the award ceremony on Sunday, as a finalist for the World Fantasy Award this year.

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


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