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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