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New Cover Art: “Floating Town,” by Takeshi Oga

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

Starting with BCS #166 on Thursday, which features Stephen Case and Rich Larson (and the BCS #166 ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our new cover art for Late Winter/Early Spring will be “Floating Town,” by Takeshi Oga:

"Floating Town" by Takeshi Oga


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BCS #165 – Arkenberg, Ordoñez, Stufflebeam Podcast, Howe Audio Vault

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #165 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors, a guest-narrated podcast, and a classic BCS story emerging from The BCS Audio Vault.

Therese Arkenberg returns to BCS with “For Lost Time,” another story in the long and fraught journey of her protagonists from “The Storms in Arisbat” in BCS #110 (given a Recommended rating by Locus online).

Raphael Ordoñez (“At the Edge of the Sea” in BCS #144 and podcast BCS 125“Misbegotten” in BCS #113 and podcast BCS 097 (given a Recommended rating by Locus online and named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List) returns to BCS with “Day of the Dragonfly,” a tale epic, endearing, and strange.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 142: Everything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, a lyrical tale of journey both mythic and personal. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author, podcast narrator (including BCS 134: The Good Deaths, Part II by Angela Ambroz and BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard), and Parsec Award-winner as the director of the podcast Toasted Cake.

The BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #165 is BCS Audio Vault 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe, a gritty tale of sword & sorcery aesthetics and mood combined with political intrigue and a fluid sense of self. It’s introduced by the author, detailing the 19th Century female adventurer’s travel log and the Kurosawa film that inspired facets of the story.

The From the Archives story with BCS #165 is “And Her Eyes Sewn Shut with Unicorn Hair” by Rosamund Hodge from BCS #73, a tale of struggle and quest for a duo of protagonists, not unlike “For Lost Time” or “Day of the Dragonfly.”


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Slush Update, 01/21/15

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before December 21, 2014 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Dec. 21 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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Hugo Awards Nominations Open

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in making nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards, here are details on how you can become eligible to nominate, how to nominate, and what BCS stories are eligible.

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

How to Become Eligible to Nominate

To become eligible to make nominations, you must be either have purchased a full membership or the less expensive non-attending membership to Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) or MidAmericon 2 (the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City) as of January 31, 2015, or you must have been a member of last year’s Worldcon, Loncon 3.

How to Nominate:

Sasquan’s webpage on the Hugos has an online nomination form. (You will need your con membership info.)

Deadline to Nominate:
You must have your nominations in by Tuesday 10 March 2015, 11.59 pm PDT.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2014, which is BCS #138 through BCS #163, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2014, and which Hugo category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post. BCS itself is eligible for the Best SemiProZine Hugo, where we were a finalist the past two years.

Best Short Story:

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall 

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson 

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Novelette:

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

For more information on Hugo nomination process and how to nominate, see Sasquan’s Hugo Instructions.

 

All Hugo-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the Hugo Awards, and what official Hugo category they are in.

If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, check out our authors’ other stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Best Short Story:

Alloy Point” by Sam J. Miller

Until The Moss Has Reached Our Lips” by Matt Jones

A House of Gold and Steel” by Marissa Lingen

Goatskin” by K.C. Norton

 

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman

The Burned Man” by Hannah Strom-Martin

 

The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard

Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss

The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust” by Peter Darbyshire

 

Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land” by Michael Haynes

The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde

What Needs to Burn” by Sylvia Anna Hiven

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

 

The Manor of Lost Time” by Richard Parks

The Black Waters of Lethe” by Oliver Buckram

Ink of My Bones, Blood of My Hands” by Vylar Kaftan

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater

 

The Use and the Need” by M. Bennardo

Celestial Venom” by Garnett Elliot

We, As One, Trailing Embers” by E. Catherine Tobler

Here Be Monsters” by Carrie Patel

 

The Lighthouse Keepers” by Nicole M. Taylor

At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez

Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham

Atonement” by Alec Austin

Evensong, Having Been Answered” by Dean Wells

Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee

Best Novelette:

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo (named to the 2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Drawn Up From Deep Places” by Gemma Files

The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

 

Written on the Hides of Foxes” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Seeing” by Stephen V. Ramey

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo

 

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart

Our Fire, Given Freely” by Seth Dickinson

 

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane 

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

 

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll (2014 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List)

Best Novella:

The Goddess Deception” by Dean Wells

 

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

Best Semiprozine:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies


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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” by Justin Howe

Posted in: 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: 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe, a tale of identity and roles in a gritty epic fantasy or sword & sorcery style world.

BCS Audio Vault 014: Between Shifting Skin and Certainty by Justin Howe is introduced by the author, citing the 19th Century female adventurer’s travel log and the Kurosawa film that inspired facets of the story and offering a comment on an effective approach to sparse worldbuilding in epic fantasy.

To hear a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault every fortnight, including stories by Aliette de Bodard, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, 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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BCS at ConFusion in Detroit this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

ConFusionBCS will be at ConFusion 2015 in Detroit, a great regional writer and fan con, this weekend Jan 16-18!

I will be on several panels about magazine topics and short fiction, and another about my equally favorite pastime, beer.

  • Sat 10am: Staying Sane while Sluicing Through Slush
  • Sat 1pm: Current State of Short Fiction
  • Sat 8pm: Beer, Brewing, and Books

BCS authors in attendance will include Saladin Ahmed, Michael J. DeLuca, Ferrett Steinmetz, Justin Howe, Jason S. Ridler, Bradley P. Beaulieu, and Brian McClellan, along with many other F/SF authors and fans.

I will have the usual stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards. If you see me in the bar, or in the con suite at the keg of porter at 2:30 AM Sunday like two years ago, feel free to say hello!


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Year-End Praise for BCS

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

BCS and a number of our stories received prominent mention in the year-end summaries offered by the two major online reviewers in the F/SF short fiction field, Tangent Online and Lois Tilton at Locus online.

Tangent Online shortlisted fifteen pieces from BCS in their 2014 Recommended Reading List, including many with their additional one, two, or three-star rating:

Short Stories:

No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi

The River Does Not Run” by Rachel Sobel*

Silver and Seaweed” by Greg Linklater*

We Were Once of the Sky” by Yosef Lindell*

Sweet Death” by Margaret Ronald*

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard**

 

Novelettes:

The Year of Silent Birds” by Siobhan Carroll

The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” by Rahul Kanakia

The Inked Many” by Adam Callaway

Sweetwater Notion and the Hallelujah Kid” by K.C. Ball*

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan*

Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew*

Stonebones” by Nathaniel Lee**

The Unborn God” by Stephen Case***

A Guest of the Cockroach Club” by M. Bennardo***

In addition, Locus online short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton in her year-end review of short fiction from 2014 called BCS “a long-running success” and singled out several of our stories, all of which had received her “Recommended” rating in her original reviews:

Short Stories:

Crossroads and Gateways” by Helen Marshall

The Sorrow of Rain” by Richard Parks

 

Novelettes:

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker

Make No Promises” by Rachel Halpern

Thanks very much, and congratulations, all!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Stufflebeam, Miller, Howard, de Bodard

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several recent and current BCS authors have stories appearing in other magazines this month:

  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“Everything Beneath You” in BCS #164 right now and podcast BCS 142, and another story forthcoming later this year) in the Jan/Feb Interzone and in the Jan. Lightspeed
  • Sam J. Miller (“Alloy Point” in BCS #163 a fortnight ago and podcast BCS 140) in the current issue of Uncanny

Congratulations, all!

And special congratulations to Clarkesworld magazine and their entire staff on the milestone of their 100th issue!


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BCS #164 – Stufflebeam, Vardomskaya, James Morrow, Podcast & Novel Giveaway, Maloney Audio Vault

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

BCS #164 is out today, featuring stories of heroines on journeys of discovery, plus the first-ever novel excerpt to appear in BCS (by a two-time World Fantasy and Nebula Award winner), a guest-narrated podcast of that novel excerpt, and a giveaway for a copy of the novel.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam offers “Everything Beneath You,” a lyrical tale of journey both mythic and personal. Tamara Vardomskaya pens “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus,” a tale of artistic pursuit and personal realization.

Novelist James Morrow, author of Towing Jehovah, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, and many other works of lyrical F/SF, brings to BCS an excerpt from his new novel Galápagos Regained, which hits shelves this week.  This historical steampunk novel follows Chloe Bathurst, a former actress who, inspired by her interactions with the illustrious Charles Darwin, journeys in his footsteps across the Atlantic Ocean and over the Andes to the Galápagos Archipelago. In this excerpt from Galápagos Regained, Chloe meets Mr. Darwin and learns of his theories and the theological contest that will spark her journey.

We’re also giving away a copy of the novel Galápagos Regained. Visit this giveaway post to enter. But hurry; the giveaway ends Wed. Jan. 21!

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 141: Novel Excerpt Galápagos Regained, the James Morrow excerpt. It’s guest-narrated by T.D. Edge, who has narrated many past BCS podcast episodes, including BCS 047: More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand by Rosamund Hodge.

The BCS Audio Vault podcast episode with BCS #164 is BCS Audio Vault 013: Mr Morrow Becomes Acquainted with the Delicate Art of Squid Keeping by Geoffrey Maloney, a satire of Victorian Australian gentry in a zany science-fantasy situation with a voice not unlike BCS 141: Novel Excerpt Galápagos Regained.  It’s introduced by T.D. Edge, the narrator of both those podcasts, commenting on the Victorian upperclass’s absurd but implacable self-belief as captured in the story’s characters.

The From the Archives story with BCS #164 is “The Orangery” by the late K.D. Wentworth, from BCS #12, a tale of lushly voiced Victorian characters injected into a strange paranormal situation.


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