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Slush Update, 08/28/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before July 17, 2015 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before July 17 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 Best of BCS Year Six Anthology Out Early at Weightless Books

Posted in: BCS Anthologies, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

View full versionOur new anthology The Best of BCS, Year Six is out early, exclusively at  WeightlessBooks.com.

Best of BCS, Year Six contains twenty-two great stories from the sixth year of BCS, by authors such as Yoon Ha Lee, Helen Marshall, Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, and Cat Rambo. It includes “No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi, a finalist for the 2015 Aurora Awards and 2015 Parsec Awards, and “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, a finalist for the 2014 Nebula Awards.

Best of BCS, Year Six is available early exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com. It costs only $3.99, and 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 ebook collection and support us at the same time!


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Bradley P. Beaulieu Second Twelve Kings in Sharakhai Signed Novel Giveaway, on Twitter

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

BCS author Bradley P. Beaulieu’s new fantasy novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, out on Sept. 1, was inspired by his BCS story “From the Spices of Sanandira.” 

BCS is giving away two pre-release copies of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, initialed by Brad in gorgeous calligraphy.

One giveaway is on our website in this post. The other will be on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, on Tues. Aug. 25. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite BCS story set in a desert setting is; set in any locale that has aspects of a desert. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.) Your tweet will enter you in a random drawing for the book. 

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories that are set in a desert locale:

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed

Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood” by Adam Callaway (also podcast BCS 098)

Walking Out” by Harry R. Campion (also podcast BCS 019)

 

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (also podcast BCS 152)

The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” by Peter Darbyshire

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth (also podcast BCS 148)

A Feast for Dust” by Gemma Files (also podcast BCS 114)

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

The Empire of Nothingness” by Geoffrey Maloney

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Bradley P. Beaulieu Twelve Kings in Sharakhai Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention a story published in BCS that is set in some locale that arguably contains features of desert. Comments that do not mention a story published in BCS that is set in some locale arguably desert will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Aug. 25. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

You must tweet your tweet from a a valid Twitter account (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

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

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai will be mailed to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, 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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Post-Hugo Ballot Praise for “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

With the release of the full numbers of the nominations cast for this year’s Hugo Awards, many bloggers and fans are lauding the stories and other works that fell just short of making the ballot, attributed to other nominees that were promoted on voting slates making the ballot and bumping these works off.

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, which earned a Nebula nomination, fell two slots short of making the ballot for Best Short Story. Thank you to the many blogs who have lauded the story, including Alternate Timeline Hugo Awards — Pretty Terrible, The Stories That Should Have Been 2015 Hugo Nominees, With Links | Alas, a Blog, Annalee@leeflower, and Hammard@hammard_1987, and all the readers and voters who loved the story.

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, fell six slots short of making the ballot for Best Novelette. Thank you to all the readers and voters who enjoyed it.

And thank you to all the readers and voters who nominated BCS again for Best Semiprozine. We are honored to be nominated for this highest of the awards in our field.


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Forthcoming BCS Authors Elsewhere – McAllister, Campbell

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

Two BCS authors, who have stories forthcoming in BCS this fall, have stories in other magazines this month:

  • Bruce McAllister (“Madonna” in BCS #167, and a new Emilio and Boniface story “Holy Water, Holy Blood” forthcoming this fall) in the October Analog
  • Rebecca Campbell (“Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” forthcoming this fall) likewise in the Summer 2015 Lackington’s

Congratulations!


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BCS #180 – Austin, Fischer, Beaulieu Signed Novel Giveaway

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

BCS #180 is out today, featuring two stories of isolation and interaction among odd companions, and two giveaways for signed epic fantasy novels.

Alec Austin (“Atonement” in BCS #140, among several others) returns to BCS with “Fire Rises,” another story of gritty fantasy espionage and confrontation.

Jason Fischer offers “Defy the Grey Kings,” a story of struggle against elephantine overlords.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from 2015 and 2014, including BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell, a special large-cast reading featuring multiple guest narrators, and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, which was recently named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.

The From the Archives story with BCS #180 is “Bone Diamond” by Michael John Grist, from BCS #75, a dark tale of obsession and rebellion not unlike “Defy the Grey Kings.”

We’re also giving away two signed pre-release copies of BCS author Bradley P. Beaulieu’s new fantasy novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, which was inspired by his BCS story “From the Spices of Sanandira.” One giveaway will be next Tues. Aug. 25 on the BCS Twitter @BCSmagazine. The other giveaway is in this post. It ends ends Wed. Aug. 26, so enter soon!

All behind a new crop of our cover art, “Kodran Migrant Fleet” by Tyler Edlin.


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Bradley P. Beaulieu Twelve Kings in Sharakhai Signed Novel Giveaway

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

Twelve Kings in SharakhaiBCS author Bradley P. Beaulieu’s new fantasy novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, out on Sept. 1, was inspired by his two-part BCS story “From the Spices of Sanandira” in BCS #70 and #71.

BCS is giving away two pre-release copies of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, initialed by Brad in gorgeous calligraphy.

One giveaway will be held next week on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, on Tuesday Aug. 25.

The other giveaway is right here in this post. To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite BCS story set in a desert setting; set in any locale that has aspects of a desert. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.) That will enter you in a random drawing for the book. This giveaway ends Wed. Aug. 26, so enter soon!

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories that are set in a desert locale:

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed

Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood” by Adam Callaway (also podcast BCS 098)

Walking Out” by Harry R. Campion (also podcast BCS 019)

 

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (also podcast BCS 152)

The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” by Peter Darbyshire

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth (also podcast BCS 148)

A Feast for Dust” by Gemma Files (also podcast BCS 114)

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

The Empire of Nothingness” by Geoffrey Maloney

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

Good luck!

 

Full rules for the signed Bradley P. Beaulieu Twelve Kings in Sharakhai giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Twelve Kings in Sharakhai Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a story published in BCS that is set in some locale that arguably contains features of desert. Comments that do not mention a story published in BCS that is set in some locale arguably desert will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Aug. 26. 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 initialed copy of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai 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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BCS at Worldcon this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

This weekend BCS will be at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), in Spokane, WA!

I am on three panels during the con, discussing magazines and podcasts:

The Changing Role of the Editor, Fri 3pm, Bays 111B (CC). With the various ways that fiction is published (print/ online/ audio/ self-published), how is the role of editor changing?

The Future of Short Fiction: Online Magazines Today, Sat 2pm, Bays 111B (CC). Ten years ago reading original fiction online was limited to the occasional author’s web site. Now, online magazines are a major force–maybe the major force–in publshing short fiction.

Podcast Production, Sat 3pm, 300A (CC). Where do you start when you want to create your own podcast?

I’ll also be at the Hugo reception and ceremony, and probably the Hugo Losers’ Party. :)  (It’s an honor just to be nominated!)

I’ll have flyers featuring cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet and Jonas de Ro, and postcards for the BCS Weird Western anthology Ceaseless West and our not-even-announced-yet Best of BCS Year Six. Feel free to drop by any of the panels or catch me at the bar!


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BCS 133 No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi a Parsec Awards Finalist

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Podcasts by Scott H. Andrews

BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, is a finalist for the Parsec Awards!

The Parsec Awards are the highest awards in F/SF podcasting, founded in 2006 by pioneering podcasters including Mur Lafferty. The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast was a finalist in 2012 for Best Magazine podcast, and BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow, a special large-cast reading for our 100th episode, was a finalist in 2013 for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast.

BCS 133: No Sweeter Art is a great tale of unique magic, featuring animal figures glass-blown from candied caramel, and a hardscrabble character fighting assassins and his own nature. The text version was a finalist for the 2015 Aurora Awards. Congratulations to Tony and John!

 


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