BCS author R.B. Lemberg‘s new novel The Unbalancing releases from Tachyon Publications on Sep. 20, and in celebration, BCS is giving away a copy.

The Unbalancing takes place in R.B.’s fantasy world Birdverse, the setting of many of their stories in BCS, and it features one of the characters from their BCS novella, “A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power.”

This giveaway for a copy of The Unbalancing will take place Wednesday Sep. 14 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite BCS that features a nonbinary character is. However you or the story choose to define that. By any author, in any issue of BCS. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that arguably feature a nonbinary character:

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #175

Geometries of Belonging” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #183, Seventh Anniversary Double-Issue

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #229 and podcast BCS 200

Held Close in Syllables of Light” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #80


Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate)” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #295 and podcast BCS 251

Ora et Labora” by Theodore McCombs, BCS #229

Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker, BCS #47

Fire in the Haze” by Mishell Baker, BCS #203


Rivers Run Free” by Charles Payseur, BCS #230 and podcast BCS 201

Undercurrents” by Charles Payseur, BCS #274 and podcast BCS 235

Precious Meat” by Catherine S. Perdue, BCS #5 and podcast BCS 005

Rappaccini’s Crow” by Cat Rambo, BCS #151


To Embody a Wildfire Starting” by Iona Datt Sharma, BCS #346

Only the Messenger” by Emily C. Skaftun, BCS #299 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

The Crow Knight” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, BCS #262, Tenth Anniversary Month Double-Issue II

Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, BCS #113 and podcast BCS 100


The Telling” by Gregory Norman Bossert, BCS #109

Black, Like Earth” by Jordyn Blanson, BCS #280 and podcast BCS 241

What the Wind Saw” by Evey Brett, BCS #336

Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters” by Eleanna Castroianni, BCS #302 and podcast BCS 258


Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation” by Seth Dickinson, BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 123

The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” by A.J. Fitzwater, BCS #252 and podcast BCS 219

The Sniper and I” by Rich Larson, BCS #299 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 and podcast BCS 255

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones, BCS #203 and podcast BCS 180


Good luck!

Full rules for the R.B. Lemberg The Unbalancing 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.)

Your tweet must mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. Tweets that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Sep. 14, 2022. 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 winner will receive either a paper copy or digital ebook copy of The Unbalancing, at the sole choice of BCS, depending on their location to receive physical mail.

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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