Anniversary Issues
BCS Authors Elsewhere – Bossert “The Telling” Podcast
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, BCS Anthologies, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Gregory Norman Bossert’s story “The Telling” from BCS #109, which won the World Fantasy Award last year, is now an audio podcast at Podcastle, the fantasy short fiction podcast. Listen to it there if you haven’t read it yet, or even if you have.

“The Telling” also leads off our new best-of ebook anthology The Best of BCS, Year Five, which also includes stories by Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, Tori Truslow, David D. Levine, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

Best of BCS Year FiveIt comes out Sept. 10, but it’s available right now on special early release at Weightless Books. Pick up a copy today to read “The Telling” and sixteen other great BCS stories, and support BCS at the same time.

Gregory Norman Bossert also has a new novelette forthcoming in BCS next month, “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light.” Look for it and our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue next month!

 

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BCS #131 Anniversary Double-Issue Reviewed at Locus Online
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #131 , our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, was reviewed last week by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton.

She had high praise for four of the stories, which she said were all worthy of her Recommended rating. Of Richard Parks’s “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls“: “An excellent tale... of reincarnation, karma, and promises. The author’s seemingly effortless mastery of this material is what makes it work so well.”

Of Adam Callaway’s “Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper“: “The final image is quite striking, a sketch of love made with admirable economy of line. There is, in this world, little to love, but the denizens only love all the more what they have.”

The Coffinmaker’s Love” by Alberto Yáñez she called “A love story that readers may find heartbreaking. I particularly like the image of the coffin as marriage bed”, and “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir she said was “A poignant account of a repressed people in search of liberation.”

Congratulations, all!

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BCS #131 Anniversary Double-Issue Final Stories Live
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

The final three stories from BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, (and the free ebooks) are live on the website today.

The stories includes “Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper,” an Ars Lacuna story by Adam Callaway that’s a companion piece to his excellent “Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin”” from BCS #73, and BCS debuts by Rebecca Gomez Farrell and by Naim Kabir, which Locus Online called “A poignant account of a repressed people in search of liberation — Recommended.”

All five of the stories in this issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their email or e-reader or smart phone.

If you’d like to subscribe, now is a great time to do it. During our Fifth Anniversary Ebook Sale, buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Four from WeightlessBooks.com and you’ll get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. But act soon; the sale ends next week!

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #131 is “The Sword of Loving Kindness ” by Chris Willrich, our very first story, from five years ago. We just gave away a signed copy of Chris’s new novel The Scroll of Years, featuring those same delightful rouges Gaunt and Bone, and we’ll be giving away another one on the BCS Twitter next Wednesday, Oct 16. Check back for details...

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BCS #131, Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Ebook Sale, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

It includes “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” a story of spiritual lands by Richard Parks, author of the Lord Yamada tales; and “Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper,” an Ars Lacuna story by Adam Callaway that’s a companion piece to his excellent “Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin”” from BCS #73.

Plus three more stories, for a total of five, including BCS debuts by Alberto Yáñez, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, and Naim Kabir.

The Callaway, Farrell, and Kabir stories won’t be released on the website until next week, but they are available now in the ebook, on Kindle and WeightlessBooks.com.

Our Fifth Anniversary Ebook Sale continues: buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Four from WeightlessBooks.com and get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. (Ebook subscribers always get issues before the website.)

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 112: The Black Veil, by M. Bennardo, guest-narrated by Rajan Khanna. The cover art for our fifth anniversary is “Endless Skies” by Rick Sardhina, the same artwork as our premiere issues five years ago, displayed in the higher resolution of our new website.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “The Sword of Loving Kindness ” by Chris Willrich, our very first story, from five years ago. We are also giving away a signed copy of Chris’s new novel The Scroll of Years, featuring those same delightful rouges Gaunt and Bone.

In five years of BCS, we’ve published over 260 stories and 110 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thanks so much for reading!

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BCS Goes Mobile
Posted in: About BCS, Anniversary Issues by Scott H. Andrews

As part of our fifth anniversary week, BCS  is debuting our new mobile-device website!

Now you can read literary adventure fantasy and listen to BCS podcasts on your smart phone or tablet, in a clean stripped-down layout built by Matthew Kressel, who built the new BCS main site last year.  It has mobile-friendly features like scalable larger/smaller font size, a removable floating menu, and a full page-width text layout.

Click here to preview the BCS mobile site in your web browser, or visit the regular BCS URL (www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com) using your mobile device.

And look for our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue, live on the mobile and main sites this Thursday Oct. 3!

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BCS #105 Reviewed at Tangent Online
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #105, our Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, was just reviewed at Tangent Online.

Although this was only the second issue of BCS that this reviewer had read, he enjoyed all four stories and had thorough comments and analysis. He said that Richard Parks’s prose in “Three Little Foxes” “calls to mind what I, as an occidental through and through, associate with the spare and reserved voice of Japanese culture” and that Marissa Lingen’s “Cursed Motives” was “a fun, funny and impish story.”

Thanks very much!

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Signed Abraham Novel Giveaway Ends Wed!
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

The Dragon’s PathOur fourth anniversary celebratory giveaway of a signed copy of Daniel Abraham’s epic fantasy novel The Dragon’s Path ends in two days!

To enter: leave a comment on any of the four stories in BCS #105, the Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue. (Those four links will take you directly to the comments for the stories.) Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

This giveaway ends Wed. October 17, at midnight Pacific time, so leave your comment soon! The full rules are at the bottom of this post.

Good luck! And enjoy BCS #105!

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Signed Daniel Abraham Novel Giveaway Continues
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

The Dragon’s PathOur fourth anniversary celebratory giveaway of a signed copy of Daniel Abraham’s epic fantasy novel The Dragon’s Path continues this week.

To enter: leave a comment on any of the four stories in BCS #105, the Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue. (Those four links will take you directly to the comments for the stories.) Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the book.

This giveaway ends this Wed. October 17, at midnight Pacific time, so leave your comment soon. The full rules are at the bottom of this other post.

Good luck! And enjoy BCS #105!

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Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue in Blogs
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #105, the Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue, was mentioned in several blogs last week. 

Author Richard Parks, whose Lord Yamada story headlined the issue, mentioned it in his blog. Adventures Fantastic posted a review of the entire issue, including the two stories not yet released on the website.

Thanks very much!

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