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BCS at Balticon 50 this Weekend!

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

Balticon

BCS will be at Balticon 50 this weekend! It’s a special huge Balticon in honor of their 50th, with returning Guests of Honor from past years. And BCS #200 will have just released on the website the day before.

I will be on several panels:

Starting Your Own Small Press–Friday 17:00 Parlor 8059: Learn some of the things you should be aware of before you take that plunge into the publishing mogul pool.

Podcasting on the Cheap–Sunday 14:00, Parlor 9029: Come and learn the best tricks to podcast on the cheap with the ability to expand as your podcast grows.

Music in Fiction–Mon 12:00, Parlor 9059: From George RR Martin’s Armageddon Rag to Elizabeth Hand’s Wylding Hall, SF writers love to write about music. Is writing about music like dancing about architecture?

I will also have a stack of shiny BCS flyers from BCS #200! And BCS anthology postcards. If you see me in the halls or the bar, feel free to say hello!


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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 200th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

UPDATE: we’re closing in on our first goal! Subscribe now, and help us raise our word-count limit to 11,000 words!

BCS ebook subscriptions, available exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com, are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

Forthcoming authors in BCS include Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert (whose first BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award), Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Tony Pi, Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, A.M. Dellamonica, Claude Lalumière, and more.

From now until June 3, if you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you can help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008–200 issues, 419 stories!–over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great for awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions, 10,000 words, has always been among the longest if not the longest of pro-rate online magazines.

With your help, we’d like to make it even longer!

  • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.
  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 12,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 13,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 15,000 words!

Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths.

Subscribe at Weigthless Books

Weightless Books also has the annual Best of BCS anthologies and bundles of BCS back issues, including new epic bundles of 100 and all 200 issues! Delivered straight to your Kindle or smart phone. All proceeds go to pay our artists and authors. Thank you for your support of BCS!


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Slush Update, 05/18/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 1, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 1 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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New Cover Art: “High Above the Savannah,” by Martin Ende

Posted in: 200th Issue, Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #200 next week, a special double-issue to celebrate our 200th issue, featuring Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, Yoon Ha Lee, and Seth Dickinson, (and the BCS #200 ebook out early next Wednesday on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art will be “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende:

"High Above the Savannah" by Martin Ende


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BCS #199 – Tobler, Greenblatt, Greenblatt Podcast

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

BCS #199 is out today, featuring two stories of protagonists venturing into unknown reaches.

E. Catherine Tobler returns to BCS with “Cloud Dweller,” another story set in the same world-traveling circus setting as several of her previous BCS stories (“Splitskin” in BCS #172,“We, As One, Trailing Embers” in BCS #147 podcast BCS 127, “Artificial Nocturne” in BCS #126, “Lady Marmalade” in BCS #98), featuring a tightrope-walker walking across the reaches of the sky.

A.T. Greenblatt offers “They Said the Desert,” a story of a dogged protagonist crossing a desert trade route while hounded by a past companion.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 175: They Said the Desert, the A.T. Greenblatt story.

BCS #199 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 024 The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde, a dark tale of a craftsman caught between his own desires and ancient forces. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the titular gemstone and the protagonist’s relationship with it.

The From the Archives story with BCS #199 is “Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, from BCS Issue #27 our First Anniversary Double-Issue, a tale of a journeying character hounded by a past companion not unlike the A.T. Greenblatt story “They Said the Desert.”

Next issue: BCS #200!


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Slush Update, 05/10/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before March 23, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Mar. 23 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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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde

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

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 024: The Topaz Marquise by Fran Wilde, a dark tale of a craftsman caught between his own desires and outside forces that may be far more ancient to this world and far more dangerous than he will admit.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the titular gemstone of distinctive color and cut, the protagonist’s relationship with it, the role of such gemstones in this world and its history, and their connection to other stories in this world.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Saladin Ahmed, Yoon Ha Lee, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna, 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 #198 – Waldroon, Linsteadt, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #198 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with stories of historical settings interpreted through lush literary voices.

Thomas M. Waldroon, whose previous BCS story “Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” in BCS #171 was given a Recommended rating by Locus online, returns to that historical literary colonial America setting with “‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’,” a tale of two brothers navigating personal and societal conflicts.

Sylvia V. Linsteadt (“Else This, Nothing Ever Grows” in BCS #125, July 11) paints a magical-realist historical northern California via two protagonists, young and old, interacting with their natural world in “Whale-Oil.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 174: Whale-Oil, the Sylvia V. Linsteadt story, guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee and BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

The From the Archives story with BCS #198 is “‘His Crowning Glory': a new tale of the Antique Lands” by Noreen Doyle, from BCS #111, a tale of pseudo-historical told in lush voice not unlike “‘Or I Wil Harrie Them Out of This Land’” or “Whale-Oil.”

All behind another view of our new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.


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BCS a 2016 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

The 2016 Hugo Award nominees were announced this week, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the fourth time, as we near our 200th issue, because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped keep BCS this year what it has become, especially Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, and every one of our readers and fans.


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