BCS Authors Elsewhere
We’re Here Best-Of Anthology Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the release of the new anthology We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 (Neon Hemlock), edited by BCS authors C.L. Clark and series editor Charles Payseur, BCS is giving away a copy of the anthology.

We’re Here contains sixteen stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that feature queer characters and themes, pulled from a diverse assortment of short fiction publications. It includes “To Balance the Weight of Khalem” by R.B. Lemberg, which appeared in BCS  #300.

BCS author C.L. Clark (“The Captain and the Quartermaster” in BCS #326 and podcast BCS 275; “Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea” in BCS #296 and podcast BCS 252) edited this volume, for 2020, and BCS author Charles Payseur (“Undercurrents” in BCS #274 and podcast BCS 235; “Rivers Run Free” in BCS #230 and podcast BCS 201) is the series editor for this new Best-Of anthology series from publisher Neon Hemlock.

This giveaway will take place Thurs. Aug. 19 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite BCS story is that has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themes. However you choose to define it; by any author, in any issue of BCS

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that could be said to have queer main character(s) or feature queer themes:

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

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

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

Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea” by C.L. Clark, BCS #296 and podcast BCS 252

The Captain and the Quartermaster” by C.L. Clark, BCS #326 and podcast BCS 275

 

The Colors of Sand” by Anna Winterstein, BCS #326

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

The Lingering Weight of Estrian Steel” by Rajan Khanna, BCS #334

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories” by R.K. Duncan, BCS #304

The Moneylender’s Angel” by Robert Minto, BCS #296

 

Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow, BCS #270

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch” by A.J. Lucy, BCS #227 and podcast BCS 198

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes” by P H Lee, BCS #318 and podcast BCS 269

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab, BCS #220 and podcast BCS 191

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #194 – Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168

 

To Balance the Weight of Khalem” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #300

Geometries of Belonging” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #183

Y Brenin,” by Cae Hawksmoor, BCS #167

The Coffinmaker’s Love” by Alberto Yáñez, BCS #131

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

 

The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” by A.M. Dellamonica, BCS #209

Two Captains” by Gemma Files, BCS #125

The Candle Queen” by Ephiny Gale, BCS #295

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane, BCS #145

The Crow Knight” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, BCS #262

 

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

Requiem for the Unchained” by Cae Hawksmoor, BCS #217

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits” by Cassandra Khaw, BCS #248 and podcast BCS 214

Men of the Ashen Morrow” by Margaret Killjoy, BCS #218 and podcast BCS 190

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

Good luck!

Full rules for the We’re Here anthology 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 was published in BCS that arguably has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themes. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS that arguably has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themeswill not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Aug. 19, 2021. 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 copy of We’re Here 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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Josh Rountree Collection Giveaway on Twitter
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the release of BCS author Josh Rountree’s new short story collection Fantastic Americana: Stories (Fairwood Press), BCS is giving away a signed copy of the collection.

Fantastic Americana: Stories is a mix of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Its stories cross the landscape of nineteenth and twentieth century America and range out far into the future, with wolves and witches; giants and supernatural killers; ghost chickens and cosmic terrors. It includes Josh’s BCS stories “The Guadalupe Witch” (BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272) and “February Moon” (BCS #303), set in an alternate nineteenth-century Texas.

This giveaway will take place Tues. Aug. 10 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite Weird Western story from BCS is. However you choose to define “Weird Western,” by any author, in any issue of BCS.

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that could be called Weird Western (including all the stories in our BCS anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies):

Pale” by Kathryn Allen, BCS #37 and podcast BCS 035

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” by S.H. Mansouri, BCS #273

Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” by Saladin Ahmed, BCS #43 and podcast BCS 039

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own” by Merrie Haskell, BCS #313 and podcast BCS 267

 

The Patron” by Derrick Boden, BCS #312

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship” by Timothy Mudie, BCS #317

Scapegoat” by Holly Messinger, BCS #293

Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, BCS #27, First Anniversary Double-Issue

The Crooked Mile” by Dan Rabarts, BCS #127

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz, BCS #156 and podcast BCS 134

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén, BCS #169 and podcast BCS 147

The Heart of the Rail” by Mark Teppo, BCS #101

Hangman” by Erin Cashier, BCS #10 and podcast BCS 010

 

Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War” by Don Allmon, BCS #103

A Feast for Dust” by Gemma Files, BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister, BCS #174 and podcast BCS 152

Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover, BCS #13 and podcast BCS 016

 

The Guadalupe Witch” by Josh Rountree, BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272

February Moon” by Josh Rountree, BCS #303

The Judge’s Right Hand” by J.S. Bangs, BCS #79, Third Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 070

The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” by Peter Darbyshire, BCS #76

Good luck!

Full rules for the Josh Rountree Fantastic Americana: 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 was published in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. Aug. 10, 2021. 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 copy of Fantastic Americana 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere: World Fantasy Award Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Congratulations to all the BCS authors named finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards for their work appearing elsewhere!

  • Jordan Taylor (“La Orpheline” in BCS #269) for Short Fiction

  • C.C. Finlay (“The Hummingbird Temple” in BCS #300, Special Double-Issue) for Special Award–Professional

BCS is recognized again this year with one finalist, your Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, me (Scott H. Andrews), for Special Award–Non-Professional.

Congratulations, all! And thanks very much to all who found the magazine worthy.

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Signed Charles Payseur Collection Giveaway on Twitter
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the release of BCS author Charles Payseur’s new short story collection The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories, BCS is giving away a signed advance copy of the collection. 

The Burning Day covers a range of genres and perspectives and includes the BCS stories “Rivers Run Free” and “Undercurrents,” both set in a world where rivers are sentient characters and can transform into humanoid form. Other non-human points of view that the collection explores include cartoon coyotes, sentient stars, and half-ghosts. 

This giveaway will take place Tuesday July 20 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is tweet your favorite BCS story that has a non-human main character or protagonist. However you choose to define that, by any author, in any issue of BCS

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that have a main character or protagonist who is not human:

The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 and podcast BCS 254

Daughters With Bloody Teeth” by Marika Bailey, BCS #321

Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker, BCS #47

One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly, BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084

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

 

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo, BCS #170

Gennesaret” by Phoenix Alexander, BCS #246 – Science-Fantasy Month 4 and podcast BCS 212

Song of the Water Bear” by Laine Bell, BCS #299 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

Waiting for Number Five” by Tom Crosshill, BCS #40 and podcast BCS 036

Knowing Neither Kin Nor Foe” by Nancy Fulda, BCS #40

 

A Flower Cannot Love the Hand” by Aimee Ogden, BCS #332 and podcast BCS 280

When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power” by Nin Harris, BCS #272 and podcast BCS 233

The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #244 – Science-Fantasy Month 4 and podcast BCS 210

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

Mamafield” by Corie Ralston, BCS #61 and podcast BCS 053

 

Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies” by E. Catherine Tobler, BCS #255

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

My Sister’s Wings Are Red” by Christine Tyler, BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

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

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

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196

Good luck!

Full rules for the Charles Payseur The Burning Day 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 was published in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Tues. July 20, 2021. 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 copy of The Burning Day 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2021 Ignyte Awards Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast named a finalist for the Ignyte Award for Best Fiction Podcast, several BCS authors had other work named finalists for the 2021 Ignyte Awards, presented by FiyahCon.

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella
  • Tamara Jerée (“In Case You’re the One to Devour a Star,” forthcoming in BCS later this year) for Best in Creative Nonfiction

Congratulations, all!

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2021 Hugo Award Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to Yoon Ha Lee’s “The Mermaid Astronaut” from BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, a bunch of BCS authors had other works voted finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella
  • Rae Carson (“The Crystal Stair,” as Rae Carson Finlay and co-authored with Charles Coleman Finlay, in BCS #3 and #4) for Best Short Story

Congratulations, all!

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First C.L. Clark The Unbroken Novel Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the Mar. 23 release of the new military fantasy novel The Unbroken by C.L. Clark and the C.L. Clark short story “The Captain and the Quartermaster” in BCS #326, BCS is giving away two copies of The Unbroken.

The Unbroken and “The Captain and the Quartermaster” are both military fantasy, about characters in war and their struggles before and after they fight for their cause.

One giveaway for The Unbroken is on the BCS website in this very post. (The other will be on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, on Wed. Mar. 31.)

To enter the giveaway that’s in this very post, comment on this post (here) and tell us your favorite BCS story that’s military fantasy. However you choose to define it. By any author, in any issue of BCS.

Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for a copy of The Unbroken. This giveaway ends Wed. Apr. 7. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are some military fantasy stories from past issues of BCS:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds” by Seth Dickinson, BCS #85 and podcast BCS 073

Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow, BCS #270

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

Silent, Still, and Cold” by Kris Dikeman, BCS #62 and podcast BCS 054

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

 

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab, BCS #220 and podcast BCS 191

A Circle of Steel and Bone” by R.K. Duncan, BCS #267

Letters of Fire” by Margaret Ronald, BCS #69

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson, BCS #200, Special Double-Issue and podcast BCS 176

 

Armistice Day” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #117 and podcast BCS 101

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan, BCS #140

The Transubstantiation” by Evan Dicken, BCS #310

Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh, BCS #123

 

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes” by Siobhan Carroll, BCS #247

The Colors of Sand” by Anna Winterstein, BCS #326

The Proof of Bravery” by David Milstein, BCS #88

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid” by Grace Seybold, BCS #262, Tenth Anniversary Month Double-Issue II

 

New Horizons” by Alexander Stanmyer, BCS #273 and podcast BCS 234

The Iron Eels” by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, BCS #283

Blood Remembers” by Alec Austin, BCS #117

Atonement” by Alec Austin, BCS #140

Blood Reckonings” by Alec Austin, BCS #201

Good luck!

Full rules for the C.L. Clark The Unbroken giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Unbroken Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

Your comment must mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. Comments 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 post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Apr. 7, 2021. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

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

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The winner will receive either a paper copy or digital ebook copy of The Unbroken, at the sole choice of BCS. Orbit Books will send the book to the winner.

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

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

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, 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. 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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Second C.L. Clark The Unbroken Novel Giveaway, on Twitter Mar. 31
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the Mar. 23 release of the new military fantasy novel The Unbroken by C.L. Clark and the C.L. Clark short story “The Captain and the Quartermaster” in BCS #326, BCS is giving away two copies of The Unbroken.

The Unbroken and “The Captain and the Quartermaster” are both military fantasy, about characters in war and their struggles before and after they fight for their cause.

One giveaway for The Unbroken will take place on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, Wed. Mar. 31. (The other is here on the BCS website in a post.)

The Twitter giveaway for the signed copy of The Unbroken will take place Wednesday March 31 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 story that’s military fantasy. However you choose to define it. 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 military fantasy stories from past issues of BCS:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds” by Seth Dickinson, BCS #85 and podcast BCS 073

Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow, BCS #270

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

Silent, Still, and Cold” by Kris Dikeman, BCS #62 and podcast BCS 054

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

 

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab, BCS #220 and podcast BCS 191

A Circle of Steel and Bone” by R.K. Duncan, BCS #267

Letters of Fire” by Margaret Ronald, BCS #69

Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson, BCS #200, Special Double-Issue and podcast BCS 176

 

Armistice Day” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #117 and podcast BCS 101

The Face in the Window” by Brian McClellan, BCS #140

The Transubstantiation” by Evan Dicken, BCS #310

Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh, BCS #123

 

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes” by Siobhan Carroll, BCS #247

The Colors of Sand” by Anna Winterstein, BCS #326

The Proof of Bravery” by David Milstein, BCS #88

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid” by Grace Seybold, BCS #262, Tenth Anniversary Month Double-Issue II

 

New Horizons” by Alexander Stanmyer, BCS #273 and podcast BCS 234

The Iron Eels” by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, BCS #283

Blood Remembers” by Alec Austin, BCS #117

Atonement” by Alec Austin, BCS #140

Blood Reckonings” by Alec Austin, BCS #201

Good luck!

Full rules for the C.L. Clark The Unbroken 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. Mar. 31, 2021. 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 Unbroken, at the sole choice of BCS. Orbit Books will send the book 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List includes, in addition to the nine BCS stories named to the list, a bunch of BCS authors with recommended stories in other magazines:

Novella:

Novelette:

Short Story:

Congratulations, all!

Locus online’s page for the Recommended List this year has links to all of the recommended fiction that is available online, including the recommended stories by these great BCS authors, so you can read these stories of theirs that appeared in other online magazines.

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