BCS #224 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists bargaining and earning the cost.

Tony Pi (“Proteus Lost” in BCS#217, “The Sweetest Skill” in BCS#197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS#155, and podcast BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, among several others) returns to BCS with a new tale of Candyman Ao: “That Lingering Sweetness,” in which Ao, having lost his powers, must dispel competing gods’ curses.

Kate Dollarhyde offers “A Marvelous Deal,” a tale of a hardscrabble character fighting to survive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 195: That Lingering Sweetness, the Tony Pi story of Candyman Ao treating with zodiac gods. It’s guest-narrated by John Meagher, who narrated Tony’s previous BCS stories of Candyman Ao, BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, both finalists for the Parsec Awards.

From the Archives with BCS #224 is “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” by Richard Parks, from BCS #100, a tale of a protagonist swept up in mysterious magical events.

All behind a New Cover Art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.

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