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BCS #156 – MacFarlane, Ambroz, Guest Podcast, Bennardo Audio Vault, Marshall Giveaway

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

BCS #156 is out today, featuring new stories, a guest-narrated podcast, Audio Vault and From the Archives stories, and a giveaway for a signed short story collection!

Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Women in Sandstone” in BCS #145, “Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121 & podcast BCS 104 & our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five) offers “Written on the Hides of Foxes,” a tale of finding oneself after physical and social ostracization. Angela Ambroz contributes “The Good Deaths, Part II,” a self-standing piece about a character likewise ostracized, in the name of personal conviction, and trying to find her way.

BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II is also the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for Issue #156. Given a great narration by BCS author, podcast narrator, and award-winning podcaster Tina Connolly, who has narrated past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes such as BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard, BCS 091: Cursed Motives by Marissa Lingen, and BCS 128: The Use and the Need by M. Bennardo (which coincidentally has a similar point of historical inspiration as The Good Deaths, Part II).

The ‘From the Archives’ story, “Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham from BCS #141, features a character likewise isolated in the name of personal conviction and trying to find her way.

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo, a stark tale of visceral isolation from BCS #123 in June 2013, which also appears in our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five.

We are also giving away a signed copy of BCS author Helen Marshall’s (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) new short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, from Chizine Press. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Tuesday Sept. 23!


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Signed Helen Marshall Story Collection Giveaway

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

BCS author Helen Marshall (“Crossroads and Gateways” in BCS #151) has just released her second short fiction collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After (Chizine Press), and BCS is giving away a signed copy!

Helen Marshall’s work has been nominated for the Aurora Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and has won the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society.

Gifts for the One Who Comes After features “eighteen tales of love and loss,” Chizine Press says; “Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.” These include “Crossroads and Gateways” as well as other pieces featuring a son trying to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past, a girl discovering what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton, and Death’s wife preparing for a very special funeral.

To enter this giveaway, comment on this very post (here’s a link) and tell us your favorite BCS story that features myth or aspects of the mythic, and briefly why. “Crossroads and Gateways” deals with myth and fate and destiny; what is your favorite BCS story that tackles such matters.

Your comment post will enter you in a random drawing for the book. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

Enter soon, because this giveaway ends Tues. Sept. 23, at midnight PST!

To get you started, here are some BCS stories that feature myth or aspects of the mythic:

Or whatever mythic BCS story is your favorite.

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Helen Marshall Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Gifts for the One Who Comes After Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a story from BCS that arguably contains something mythic. Comments that do not mention a story from BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Tues. Sept. 23 . 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 signed copy of Gifts for the One Who Comes After 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. 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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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Penitent” by M. Bennardo

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, 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: 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo, a stark tale of visceral isolation from BCS #123 in June 2013, which also appears in our new ebook anthology Best of BCS Year Five.

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 006: The Penitent by M. Bennardo is introduced by the author, detailing the real-life 19th-century prison and prisoner-isolation conditions that inspired the environment of the story.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Marie Brennan, Tina Connolly, 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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New Best of BCS Year Five Anthology Now Out

Posted in: BCS Anthologies by Scott H. Andrews

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A woman climbs an ice-mountain, feeding her companion her own blood to stave off Death....

A fisher discovers the sagas and songs sung by centuries-dead barrow ghost women....

An asexual sun goddess sets impossible challenges that fail to deter her incessant suitor....

A lover wends through city canals and told tales in a living boat to woo a golden woman....

 

These and other awe-inspiring fantasy stories await in The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Five, our new ebook anthology of seventeen stories from the fifth year of BCS, out now at major ebook retailers.

Authors include Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Gregory Norman Bossert, Tori Truslow, Alex Dally MacFarlane, David D. Levine, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and many more. Stories include one that was a finalist for the 2014 British Science Fiction Association Awards and the Parsec Awards, and “The Telling” by Gregory Norman Bossert, winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award.

The Best of BCS, Year Five is available for only $3.99 at many ebook stores, including Amazon Kindle Store, B&N, KoboBooks.com, and WeightlessBooks.com, with more ebook stores, like Sony and Apple iBookstore,  coming soon.

All proceeds go to pay BCS authors and artists for their work. Pick up a copy today, to get some great BCS stories in a handy collection and support us at the same time.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Dickinson, Price, Miller, de Bodard

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

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Laura E. Price (“The Drowned Man” in BCS #120) with a story likewise featuring the Teachout sisters in the September Giganotosaurus
  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point,” forthcoming in BCS late this fall) in the September Lightspeed

Congratulations, all!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Bossert “The Telling” Podcast

Posted in: Anniversary Issues, BCS Anthologies, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Gregory Norman Bossert’s story “The Telling” from BCS #109, which won the World Fantasy Award last year, is now an audio podcast at Podcastle, the fantasy short fiction podcast. Listen to it there if you haven’t read it yet, or even if you have.

“The Telling” also leads off our new best-of ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Five, which also includes stories by Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Tori Truslow, David D. Levine, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

Best of BCS Year FiveIt comes out Sept. 10, but it’s available right now on special early release at Weightless Books. Pick up a copy today to read “The Telling” and sixteen other great BCS stories, and support BCS at the same time.

Gregory Norman Bossert also has a new novelette forthcoming in BCS next month, “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light.” Look for it and our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue next month!

 


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BCS #155 – Pi, Reiss, Pi Guest Podcast, Allen Audio Vault

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

BCS #155 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author and a new one, a guest-narrated podcast, and Audio Vault and From the Archives stories.

Tony Pi (“The Curse of Chimère” in BCS #53;“Silk and Shadow” in BCS #11) returns to BCS with “No Sweeter Art,” a story of unique food-based magic as a character struggles to find his way through personal failings and assassination conspiracies. Alter S. Reiss offers “By Appointment to the Throne,” a political and sociological murder mystery unfolding in a unique food-centric environment.

BCS 133: No Sweeter Art is the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, the Tony Pi story, guest-narrated by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, who has contributed audio for us in the past–narrating podcast episode BCS 110: Ill-Met at Midnight by David Tallerman and introducing BCS Audio Vault 004: Precious Meat by Catherine S. Perdue.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “Luck Fish” by Peta Freestone, from BCS #105 and podcast BCS 092, a tale of struggle against personal failings and external hunger not unlike “No Sweeter Art” or “By Appointment to the Throne.”

Our new podcast, The BCS Audio Vault, this week features BCS Audio Vault 005: Pale by Karthryn Allen, a unique Weird Western from back in 2010. It’s introduced by novelist and short story author Marie Brennan (“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089, “And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044, and many more), remarking how it and how it confronts and subverts several common gender tropes.

Next issue, look for another returning author, another new one, and another guest-narrated podcast...


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Slush Update, 09/04/14

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before August 2, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Aug. 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 #153, #154 Reviewed at Locus Online

Posted in: Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #153 and #154 were reviewed last weekend by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including one story lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.

From BCS #153, she called “Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern “A nicely-done tale of godhood, the burdens of rule, and the tension between free will and pre-destiny. Recommended.

From BCS #154, she said of “Seeing” by Stephen V. Ramey, “The politics of the story here are more complex, more messy, with different interests in conflict with others. The warlord Morshimon proves to be... particularly complex”.

Congratulations, all!


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