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BCS #202 – Chatham, Nolby, Chatham Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #202 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author and a new one.

Ann Chatham (“Pilgrims” in BCS #141 and podcast BCS 120; “A Marble for the Drowning River” in BCS #94 and podcast BCS 082) traverses a midnight encounter with a Hunt in “Mortal Eyes,” with strange woodland beings demanding to give a repayment.

Luke Nolby offers “The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows,” crossing between memories and reality as the past looks to take a toll on the present.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 179: Mortal Eyes, the Ann Chatham story. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt and BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee.

The From the Archives story with BCS #202 is “Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files, from BCS #159, another tale of past and dream impacting the present and reality, not unlike “The Nature of Ghosts and the Fate of Shadows.”

All behind a new crop of our likewise sky-bound new cover art for early summer: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.


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Slush Update, 06/20/16

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 29, 2016 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 29 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 Authors Elsewhere – Larson, Acks, de Bodard

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several more BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere recently:

Congratulations!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Miller, Ronald, Tallerman, Walters

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing elsewhere this month:

  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point” in BCS #163 and podcast BCS 140) in the July Clarkesworld

Congratulations!


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BCS #201 – Clare, Austin, Catherynne M. Valente Podcast

Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #201 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors and our longest podcast episode ever.

Gwendolyn Clare (“Butterfly House” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 137) crosses a world of floating islands and stratefied society on an investigation sparked by nested tales in “Nothing But the Sky.”

Alec Austin (“Fire Rises” in BCS #180, “Atonement” in BCS #140, “Casualties” in BCS #110) takes his vividly character-centered military epic fantasy voice back to the world of “Blood Remembers” from BCS #117 in “Blood Reckonings,” a tale of self-empowered characters scheming for leverage.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is a special one: BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery, the Catherynne M. Valente novelette from BCS #200. It’s the longest BCS podcast episode ever, clocking in at nearly 70 minutes long. Its lush and rollicking first-person voice is narrated by voice actor Heath Miller.

The From the Archives story with BCS #201 is “Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde, from BCS #181 and podcast BCS 157, set in a sky-bound world different from that in Gwendolyn Clare’s “Nothing But the Sky” but constrained by similar environmental harshness.

All behind a new crop of our likewise sky-bound new cover art for early summer: “High Above the Savannah” by Martin Ende.


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BCS a Finalist for the British Fantasy Awards

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

BCS is a finalist in the 2016 British Fantasy Awards!

For Best magazine/ periodical. The BFAs are presented annually by the British Fantasy Society; finalists voted by BFS members and attendees of FantasyCon, and winners named by a jury.

Past winners include Clarkesworld and current finalists include Strange Horizons; great company to be in. Thank you for this recognition!


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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close Jun. 15

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards are open! The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past three years, BCS has been a finalist for five WFAs and won the 2013 WFA for Short Fiction.

For readers interested in nominating, here are details on how to do it, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2015, Saratoga Springs, NY) or the year before (2014, Washington DC), or are a member this year (2016, Columbus, OH), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes June 15, 2016.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2016 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

(The PDF says the deadline is May 31, but the WFC admins on Facebook and the email ballot say June 15.)

Also, an email ballot was emailed directly to attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions. Those ballots can be submitted by paper mail or by email reply, to rturner@arctera.com.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2015, which is BCS #164 through BCS #189, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2015 and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee (Recommended at Locus Online)

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for considering our stories!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

This is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in.

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman

So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky

Spider’s Ink” by Jason S. Ridler

The Rest Will Blur Together” by John Wheeler (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Guardian’s Head” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Bloodless” by Cory Skerry

A Careful Fire” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

 

Eyes Beyond the Fire” by Nick Scorza

The Delusive Cartographer” by Rich Larson

Holy Water, Holy Blood” by Bruce McAllister

Demons Enough” by Ian McHugh

 

The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler

Murder Goes Hungry ” by Margaret Ronald (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Flying the Coop” by Jack Nicholls

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

 

Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” by Suzanne Palmer

The Exile of the Eldest Son of the Family Ysanne” by Kendra Leigh Speedling

The Scale-Tree” by Raphael Ordoñez

The Insurrectionist and the Empress Who Reigns Over Time” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

 

Wild Things Got to Go Free” by Heather Clitheroe

Fire Rises” by Alec Austin

Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer

The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg

 

Seasons Set in Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Stone Prayers” by Kate Marshall (Recommended at Locus Online)

The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Court Bindings” by Karalynn Lee

Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t” by Thomas M. Waldroon (Recommended at Locus Online)

 

On Freedom of Agency and the Finding of Lost Hearts” by Ken Scholes

Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee

Out of the Rose Hills” by Marissa Lingen

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

 

The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler

Swallowing Silver” by Erin Cashier

The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head” by Shannon Peavey

 

The Fires of Mercy” by Spencer Ellsworth

Sun, Stone, Spear” by Carrie Vaughn

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén

Steady on Her Feet” by K.J. Kabza

 

A Screech of Gulls” by Alyc Helms

The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson (selected for Year’s Best SF&F 2016, ed. Horton)

For Lost Time” by Therese Arkenberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

 

The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” by Tamara Vardomskaya

Y Brenin” by C.A. Hawksmoor

The Wizard’s House” by Stephen Case

Day of the Dragonfly” by Raphael Ordoñez

 

Novella:

Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg (2015 Tangent Recommended Reading List)

The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir

 

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg (a finalist for the Nebula Awards)

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

Madonna” by Bruce McAllister

Thank you for considering our stories.


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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

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

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription during our 200th Issue Subscription Drive! Or a back-issue bundle, or BCS anthologies. We didn’t quite make our second stretch goal, despite a surge on the last day (thank you!), but we blew away our first goal, and our word-count limit for submissions is now 11,000 words. Thank you for making that happen.

Thank you also to all who RT’d or shared or otherwise helped spread word, or bought gift subscriptions for other readers, or tweeted or posted about BCS #200 or stories or podcasts.  That is a great help to us too; reaching readers with our stories and podcasts.

We have many great stories forthcoming this summer and fall, from returning BCS authors and ones new to our pages, including Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert, Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Walter Dinjos, Tony Pi, A.M. Dellamonica, and Claude Lalumière. We hope you enjoy them!

"Tortoise Caravan" by Marek Hlavaty

“Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty


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BCS #200 Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live

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

The final two stories from and bonus podcast from BCS #200, our celebratory double-issue, are live today!

Catherynne M. Valente offers “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” a lushly and wryly voiced tale of a craftsperson driven to ascend in society on their own terms.

Yoon Ha Lee (“Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 & podcast BCS 168, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151among many others) returns to BCS with “Shadow’s Weave,” a tale of a mercenary trying to restore her companion’s shadow.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave, the Yoon Ha Lee tale. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard and BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.

All four of the stories in BCS #200 were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, directly to their e-reader.

Would you like to get BCS issues early, and help us reach our stretch goal to raise our submissions word-count to 12,000 words? Check out our BCS Ebook Subscription Drive at Weightless Books. But do it soon; the Subscription Drive ends Friday!


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