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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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BCS #248 – Khaw, Fray, Khaw Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #248 is out today!

Cassandra Khaw offers “She Who Hungers, She Who Waits,” a story of drive, and Talisen Fray offers “Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land,” a story likewise of drive .

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 214: She Who Hungers, She Who Waits, the Cassandra Khaw story, guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 212: Gennesaret by Phoenix Alexander from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

From the Archives with BCS #248 is “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #174 and podcast BCS 151.


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Signed Giveaway: KJ Kabza The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories Story Collection on Twitter

Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with the release of BCS author KJ Kabza’s new short fiction collection The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories, we’re giving away a signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories!

KJ’s first story in BCS, “The Leafsmith in Love,” is a charming and engaging love story set in a steampunk arboretum. It’s included in The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories, along with other fantasy, SF, gothic fantasy, and more.

The giveaway for the signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories will take place Thursday Apr. 5 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite relationship story from BCS is. Whether “The Leafsmith in Love” or something else; a relationship story that’s charming or that’s dark, that ends happily or ends not-so-happily; with “relationship story” defined however you choose to define it.

KJ’s stories in The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories cover a broad range from charming to dark, happy ending or not, all with compelling characters and resonant emotions. Your answer can be anywhere on a broad range too.

To get you started, here are a few of the many stories from BCS over the years that could be thought of as relationship stories:

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim in BCS #225 & podcast BCS 196

Every Black Tree” by Natalia Theodoridou in BCS #236 & podcast BCS 205

Whatever Knight Comes” by Ryan Row in BCS #226

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab in BCS #220 & podcast BCS 191

 

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” by Rose Lemberg in BCS #229/#230 & podcast BCS 200

The Mouth of the Oyster” by Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in BCS #239 & podcast BCS 207

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch” by Allison Jamieson-Lucy in BCS #227 & podcast BCS 198

The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam in BCS #214

 

A Courtship of Beasts” by Michael Anthony Ashley in BCS #209

The Stone Garden” by Cae Hawksmoor in BCS #196

Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker in BCS #47

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #157 & podcast BCS 136

 

Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin” by Adam Callaway in BCS #73 & podcast BCS 063

Bearslayer and the Black Knight” by Tom Crosshill in BCS #92 & podcast BCS 080

The Nine-Tailed Cat” by Michael J. DeLuca in BCS #70 & podcast BCS 062

Two Captains” by Gemma Files in BCS #125

 

Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater in BCS #118

Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” by David D. Levine in BCS #108

Love, Resurrected” by Cat Rambo in BCS #65 & podcast BCS 058

The Mathematics of Faith” by Jonathan Wood in BCS #26

Good luck!

Full rules for the KJ Kabza The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories 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 the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Apr. 5. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

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

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

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

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories 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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Slush Update, 03/20/18

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Jan. 30, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before January 30 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 #247 – Carroll, Alden, Alden Podcast, New Cover Art

Posted in: Cover Art, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #247 is out, featuring stories of remembrance through different aspects of culture.

Siobhan Carroll (“The Year of Silent Birds” in BCS #138, “In the Gardens of the Night” in BCS #74) returns to BCS with “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” a story of the course of a war and its participants and remembrance via cuisine.

J.W. Alden offers “Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” where the remembrance takes the form of faith and kindness.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 213: Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane, the Alden story of kindness and faith and the hope that they can conquer a small part of the war.

From the Archives with BCS #247 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story similarly of remembrance and culture via a vivid fantasy cuisine and the people who craft it.

All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Island Outpost” by Stephan Meisl, the artist of “Ruins,” our cover art from winter 2012.


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BCS Circulation Totals for 2017

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2017 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2017, BCS published 26 issues, containing 53 pieces of original fiction (43 stories, 9 novelettes, and one novella) plus one reprint, 22 podcast episodes, and our eighth Best of BCS reprint anthology. 

The BCS website averaged 61,000 unique visitors per month, up 40% from 37,500 in 2016.  Episodes of the BCS podcasts episodes averaged 13,000 downloads per episode, up 30% from 10,000 in 2016.

Highlights of 2017 included our 500th story, “The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan, in November; our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, in October; and the 200th episode of the BCS Podcast, BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg, a five-hour full-length novella.

Accolades included a fifth Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine, a seventh World Fantasy Award finalist, and two stories named finalist for the Nebula Awards.  Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, “Whatever Knight Comes” by Ryan Row, “The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan (our 500th story!), and “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts” and “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” by Richard Parks.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, with an increase in listenership for the BCS podcasts and a huge increase in readership on the website. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2018!


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Pinsker, Greenblatt, McCombs, Cataneo, 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:

  • Theodore McCombs (“Ora et Labora” in BCS #229) in the February Nightmare

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #246, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Pinsker, Sanford, Alexander, Alexander Podcast

Posted in: New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #246 is out, the third special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4. So much science-fantasy that Science-Fantasy Month is six weeks long!

Sarah Pinsker (“The Mountains His Crown” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 171) returns to BCS with “Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” a story of duty and sibling rivalry among famine.

Jason Sanford (“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3) offers “The Emotionless, in Love,” a stand-alone sequel to “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” focused on one of its ancillary characters, taken in by a band of survivors, who struggles with the strange powerful being he encounters and his own inner wounds.

Phoenix Alexander offers “Gennesaret,” a tale of flight, determination, and principle.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast with BCS #246 is BCS 212: Gennesaret, the Phoenix Alexander story of flight. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #246 is “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #90 Science-Fantasy Month 1 and podcast BCS 077, a tale of struggling with present and past wounds but with a different tone than “The Emotionless, in Love.”

All behind a new, final crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.


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