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Slush Update, 05/08/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Mar. 19, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before March 19 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 #250! Parker, Parks, Ronald, Stufflebeam, Bonus Podcast, New Cover Art, Subscription Drive
Posted in: 250th Issue by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #250 is out today! A special double-issue in celebration of our 250th issue.

K.J. Parker (“Told By An Idiot,” our 400th story, in Issue #192; “Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, Six Anniversary Double-Issue) returns to BCS with “The Thought That Counts,” a classically Parker tale of wry erudite first-person, deft plot turns, and profound relationships.

Richard Parks (over a dozen previous stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63 and standalone pieces like “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) continues his new series devil-hunters in an ancient China, begun in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 and “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts” in BCS #235 and podcast BCS 203, with “An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village.”

Margaret Ronald (“The Governess and the Lobster” in BCS #95, “Salvage” in BCS #77, among many others) returns to BCS with a fourth story in her series of war-veteran Arthur Swift and the kobold detective Mieni, “Silence in Blue Glass,” set at an earlier reunion of theirs.

Bonne Jo Stufflebeam, whose most recent BCS story, “The Orangery,” was a finalist for the Nebula Awards, returns to BCS with “Angry Kings,” a tale of fables and family and expectations.

The Parks and Ronald stories won’t go live on the website until next week, but they are available right now in the ebook of BCS #250, at Weightless Books and Kindle.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for BCS #250 is BCS 216: The Thought That Counts, K.J. Parker’s tale of a wry first-person narrator negotiating obstacles legal and lethal. It’s guest-narrated by Heath Miller, who narrated BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery by Catherynne M. Valente from BCS #200.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, out next week, is BCS 217: An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village, the latest tale in Richard Parks’s new series. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of many past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, including the previous two Parks tales in this series: BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.

 

The From the Archives story with BCS #250 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200, a sweeping tale of a richly voiced first-person narrator and their exploits and relationships via crafting magical glass eyes.

We’re celebrating BCS #250 with a BCS Ebook Subscription Drive! To see how subscribers get issues early, what great authors are forthcoming in BCS, and how you can help us reach our goals of raising our word-count limit, visit Weightless Books.

All behind new cover art for BCS #250 and beyond: “Legendary Passage” by .

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New Cover Art: “Legendary Passage” by Jereme Peabody
Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #250 this Thursday, a special double-issue in honor of our 250th issue, featuring stories by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Margaret Ronald, and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, our new cover art for late spring in the Northern Hemisphere will be “Legendary Passage” by Jereme Peabody:

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BCS Issue #250 Subscription Drive!
Posted in: 250th Issue, Subscription Drive, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 250th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

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

Subscribe at Weigthless Books

Subscribe now and you’ll get early access to new stories by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. Plus a Tenth Anniversary Double-Issue, two guest-narrated podcasts with BCS #250, awe-inspiring cover art, and more.

From now until May 11, 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 2008–250 issues, 525 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 has always been among the longest of pro-rate online magazines, and last year as a goal unlocked by our 2017 Subscription Drive, we made it even longer: 14,000 words.

With your help, this year we’d like to make it longer still!

  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 15,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 18,000 words.
  • At 250 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 20,000 words!

If you’d like to support BCS but you’re not interested in ebooks, please consider donating. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible.

We have ‘subscription’ donation options where you can donate a small amount every month. From now until May 11, every new monthly donor who signs up, we will count you in our Subscription Drive’s tally of new subscribers, and you will be helping us toward our Drive goals.

Every subscription and donation makes a difference in helping us pay our authors for their great stories. Thank you for your support of BCS!

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Slush Update, 04/17/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Feb. 24, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before February 24 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please 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 – Khaw, Harris, Greenblatt, and More
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors had work appear in other fantasy and science fiction magazines recently:

  • Nin Harris (“Benefactors of Silence” in BCS and podcast: BCS 209, “When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power” forthcoming) in The Dark #35
  • Kate MacLeod (“Oil Fire” in BCS #23) likewise in the 20th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium
  • Maria Haskins (“The Root Cellar” forthcoming in BCS #251 on May 10, and “It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog” forthcoming later in 2018) likewise in the 20th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium

Congratulations, all!

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BCS #249 – Kanakia, Rixon, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Cahill Archives
Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #249 is out today!

Rahul Kanakia (“The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” in BCS #141) returns to BCS with “Weft,” a story of an odd and intense protagonist fired by drive, and Joanne Rixon offers “Fireskin,” a story likewise of fire and drive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 215: Weft, the Rahul Kanakia story, guest-narrated by David D. Levine.

From the Archives with BCS #249 is “A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill from in BCS #210, a story likewise of intense drive.

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“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim a Finalist for the Hugo Award
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, in BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196, has been voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Congratulations, Caroline! “Carnival Nine” is a great story of life, family, duty, and loss, in a tactile and simple yet powerful fantasy setting. Read it or listen to the podcast guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, if you haven’t already.

Carnival Nine” is joined on the Hugo ballot by work by a bunch of BCS authors, in categories ranging from Best Novel to Best Novelette to Best Graphic Story and Best Fan Writer. Congratulations to Caroline for “Carnival Nine” and all the other BCS authors and other finalists.

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Hugo Award Finalists Lee, Leckie, Pinsker, de Bodard, Palmer, Wilde, Ahmed, Payseur, Brennan
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to Caroline M. Yoachim’s story “Carnival Nine” from BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196 voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, a bunch of BCS authors had other works voted finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

Congratulations, all!

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