BCS Podcasts
BCS #189 – Tallerman, Lecky, Tallerman Podcast, Howard Archives
Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #189 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors and a returning guest narrator for the podcast episode.

David Tallerman (“Ill-Met at Midnight” in BCS #128 and guest-narrated podcast BCS 110) returns to BCS with “A Killer of Dead Men,” a new tale of Otranto Onsario the guild assassin.

James Lecky (“And Other Such Delights” in BCS #42 and “The Bone House” in BCS#20 and podcast BCS 018) offers “So Strange the Trees,” a tale of a sword duelist in love and encountering strange happenings.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast returns with BCS 163: A Killer of Dead Men. It’s guest-narrated by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, who narrated David Tallerman’s previous BCS tale of the assassin Otranto Onsario, BCS 110: Ill-Met at Midnight, and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, which was a finalist for the 2015 Parsec Awards.

The From the Archives story with BCS #189 is “The Calendar of Saints” by Kat Howard, from BCS #79, Third Anniversary Double-Issue, a tale of a duelist who struggles not with love like that in “So Strange the Trees” but with duty and theology.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season of our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Huashan Temple” by Xiao Ran.

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BCS #187 – Larson, Ridler, de Bodard Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #187 is out today, two days early because of the U.S. holiday this Thursday, featuring two returning BCS authors–incidentally, both Canadian–offering stories of the present haunted by the past, and a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast.

Rich Larson (“The King in the Cathedral” in BCS #166 and podcast BCS 144, and “The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119, featuring his duo of mysterious rogues Crane & Gilchrist) returns to Crane and Gilchrist with “The Delusive Cartographer,” a tale of infiltration and mystery borne out by the past.

Jason S. Ridler (“Forsaken Beneath the Stars” in BCS #134; Buzzard’s Final Bow” in BCS #68) returns to the colonial world of “Forsaken Beneath the Stars” with “Spider’s Ink,” a story told via documents yet also with a deeply personal perspective.

BCS #187 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 020 In the Age of Iron and Ashes by Aliette de Bodard, a tale of cultures and wartime not unlike “Spider’s Ink.” It’s introduced by the author, detailing the historical and emotional inspiration for the situation of siege with no hope of relief that takes place in the story.

The From the Archives story with BCS #187 is “Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #116 and podcast BCS 099, a tale of war and the clash of cultures not unlike Spider’s Ink” or In the Age of Iron and Ashes.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on hiatus for a few issues; in the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier in the year, 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.

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BCS 133 No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi a Parsec Awards Finalist
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Podcasts by Scott H. Andrews

BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, guest-narrated by John Meagher, is a finalist for the Parsec Awards!

The Parsec Awards are the highest awards in F/SF podcasting, founded in 2006 by pioneering podcasters including Mur Lafferty. The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast was a finalist in 2012 for Best Magazine podcast, and BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing by Tori Truslow, a special large-cast reading for our 100th episode, was a finalist in 2013 for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast.

BCS 133: No Sweeter Art is a great tale of unique magic, featuring animal figures glass-blown from candied caramel, and a hardscrabble character fighting assassins and his own nature. The text version was a finalist for the 2015 Aurora Awards. Congratulations to Tony and John!

 

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BCS #176 – Stufflebeam, Karalynn Lee, Guest-Narrated Podcast
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #176 is out, featuring two stories of finding one’s place in the world.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“Everything Beneath You” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 142, and another new story forthcoming this fall) returns to BCS with “The Girl with Golden Hair,” a tale of a young woman struggling in her mythical city and on a journey of distance and self.

Karalynn Lee (“Unsilenced” in BCS #105, our Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, which received a Recommended rating from Locus online) returns to BCS with “Court Bindings,” a short and lyrical piece about court intrigue and personal power.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s story of struggle and journey. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, including BCS 138: The Rugmaker’s Lovers by Brynn MacNab, BCS 125: At the Edge of the Sea by Raphael Ordoñez, BCS 123: Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation by Seth Dickinson, and others.

BCS #176 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 019: The Nine-Tailed Cat by Michael J. DeLuca, a short and lyrical tale of personal obsession not unlike “Court Bindings.” It’s introduced by the author, explaining the origin of the story’s setting and the post-colonial resonance of several of its symbols, both those apparent or subtle and more insidious.

Accompanying them From the Archives with BCS #176 is “Pilgrims” by Ann Chatham, BCS #141 and podcast BCS 120, a tale of two travelers on driven missions. All behind another crop of our new cover art: “Migration,” by Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “The Nine-Tailed Cat” by Michael J. DeLuca
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 019: The Nine-Tailed Cat by Michael J. DeLuca, a short lush tale of a jealous lover set in an alternate post-colonial Central America.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the origin of the story’s setting and the post-colonial resonance of several of its symbols, both those apparent or subtle and more insidious.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Saladin Ahmed, Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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BCS #173 – Lingen, Powell, Large-Cast Podcast for Episode 150
Posted in: BCS Podcasts, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #173 is now out, featuring two stories with dry fantasy humor from a returning BCS author and a new one, plus a large-cast audio reading in celebration of the 150th episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast!

Marissa Lingen (“Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, and several others) returns to BCS with “Out of the Rose Hills,” a dryly serio-comic tale of an annoying yet imposing accidental companion.  Bill Powell’s “The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” satirizes steampunk, time travel, and light opera in a voice delightfully dry.

BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto is a special large-cast reading in celebration of the 150th episode of the BCS podcast, featuring the narrational talents of frequent BCS podcast narrators Michael J. DeLuca and Tina Connolly, plus Bill Powell, reading over a dozen parts that include recitations, songs, and two separate choruses.

The From the Archives story with BCS #173 is “The Adventure of the Pyramid of Bacconyus” by Caleb Wilson from BCS #132 and podcast BCS 115, which was read by Michael J. DeLuca, one of the narrators in BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine.  Equally droll is Marissa Lingen’s “Cursed Motives” from BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, read by Tina Connolly, another narrator in BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine.

All behind a new view of our spring cover art: “Twisted Mountain Valley” by Christopher Balaskas.

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” by Saladin Ahmed
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Ceaseless West Anthology by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 018: Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride by Saladin Ahmed, a Weird Western tale of a strange old man from the Old Country told by his bounty hunter companion as they trail a devilish quarry.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining the story’s aim in exploring the fun tropes of Westerns while presenting a seldom-discussed aspect of the history of Muslims in America.

“Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” in its text version also appears in our brand new ebook anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ceaseless West features great BCS stories by Kenneth Mark Hoover, Peter Darbyshire, Mark Teppo, E. Catherine Tobler, and Gemma Files. It will be released early on Apr. 23 at Weightless Books, along with a BCS ebook sale, and at other ebook retailers the following week.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by Aliette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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BCS #171 – Ellsworth, Waldroon, Ellsworth Podcast, Cashier Audio Vault
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Ceaseless West Anthology, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #171 is out today, featuring a returning BCS author, a podcast, and a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault that ties in with our new anthology Ceaseless West.

Spencer Ellsworth (“The Death of Roach” in BCS #85) returns to BCS with “The Fires of Mercy,” a tale of flight and consequences. Thomas M. Waldroon offers “Sinseerly A Friend & Yr. Obed’t,” a uniquely voiced story of mystery and family history.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 148: The Fires of Mercy, the Spencer Ellsworth story, rendered in the taut voice of a bleak situation.

The new BCS Audio Vault episode with BCS #171 is BCS Audio Vault 017: Hangman by Erin Cashier, the text version of which appears in our new ebook anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, due out next week. It’s introduced by the author, explaining the Western and Weird Western inspirations for the story and the narrator’s Western-style voice.

The From the Archives story with BCS #171 is “The Book of Autumn” by Rachael Acks from BCS #49, a tale of character flight and consequences not unlike  “The Fires of Mercy.

All behind a new view of our spring cover art: “Twisted Mountain Valley” by Christopher Balaskas.

Coming next issue: a special expanded Weird West issue!

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New Episode of The BCS Audio Vault: “Hangman” by Erin Cashier
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Ceaseless West Anthology, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Audio VaultOut today is a new episode of The BCS Audio Vault: 017: Hangman by Erin Cashier, from back in 2009, a tale of a world-weary hero called back to duty in a strange and dusty Weird Western world where the trains have gone feral and left their tracks.

It’s introduced by the author, explaining her inspiration for the Western feel and voice in the story.

“Hangman” in its text version also appears in our brand new ebook anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ceaseless West features great BCS stories by Kenneth Mark Hoover, Peter Darbyshire, Mark Teppo, E. Catherine Tobler, Gemma Files, and Saladin Ahmed. It will be released early on Apr. 23 at Weightless Books, along with a BCS ebook sale, and at other ebook retailers the following week.

To hear new episodes of The BCS Audio Vault, including stories by Marissa Lingen, M. Bennardo, and Chris Willrich and introductions by ALiette de Bodard, Rajan Khanna and Lou Anders, subscribe to The BCS Audio Vault via RSS feed RSS feed or look for it on iTunes.

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