Special Issues
BCS #194, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – Cat Rambo Bonus Story and Podcasts Now Live
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

The bonus story for BCS #194, our first double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3, and the two bonus podcast episodes are now live on the BCS website.

Returning BCS author Cat Rambo (“Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, “Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151, among others) offers “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest,” a tale of a chaos mage navigating chancy contests and feats.

All the stories in this double-issue were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, delivered directly to their e-reader or smart phone, and are supporting BCS at the same time. Visit our exclusive subscription partner WeightlessBooks.com for details.

The first bonus podcast episode is BCS 169: Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest, that Cat Rambo story, guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated multiple past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

The second bonus podcast is a new episode of the BCS Audio VaultThe Book of Locked Doors by Yoon Ha Lee, a science-fantasy tale of colonialism and grief and loss, for both a person and a people and culture.  It’s introduced by the author, detailing the inspiration for the title and the colonialist theme.

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BCS #194, Science-Fantasy Month 3 – Lee, Rambo, Lay, Bonus Podcasts, and More
Posted in: BCS Audio Vault Podcast, Cover Art, New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #194 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3!

Yoon Ha Lee (“Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151, “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” in BCS #27 & podcast BCS 025, among many others) returns to BCS with “Foxfire, Foxfire,” a story that blends fantastical shape-changing fox spirits with futuristic mechanical walking tanks.

(Yoon’s science-fantasy stories have appeared in BCS before: “The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 in 2014 and “The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1 in 2012.)

Returning BCS author Cat Rambo (“Primaflora’s Journey” in BCS #170, “Rappaccini’s Crow” in BCS #151, among others) offers “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest,” a tale of a chaos mage navigating chancy contests and feats.  Anaea Lay follows travels both interstellar and intramental in “The Right Bright Courier.”

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” releases on the website next Thursday, in text and as a bonus podcast episode BCS 169 guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson. The full issue is available now on ebook at Kindle and Weightless Books.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #194 is BCS 168: Foxfire, Foxfire, the Yoon Ha Lee story of fox-spirits and mechanical tanks. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 153: The Girl with Golden Hair” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and BCS 123: Sekhmet Hunts the Dying Gnosis: A Computation by Seth Dickinson, from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2.

Also releasing next Thursday is a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault podcast: Yoon Ha Lee introducing the podcast of his story “The Book of Locked Doors” from our Science-Fantasy Month 1.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #194 is Scry” by Anne Ivy from BCS #90 in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1, a tale of family relationships and the fate and free will of seeing their future. The special science-fantasy cover art is the futuristic yet bleak “Research Lab” by Sung Choi.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 will continue next week, with the website release of the bonus story, bonus podcast, and BCS Audio Vault podcast, and in two weeks with BCS #195, featuring Aliette de Bodard (whose story “The Breath of War,” from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121, was a Nebula Award finalist), Jason Sanford, and Sarah Pinsker!

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New Cover Art for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3: “Research Lab” by Sung Choi
Posted in: Cover Art, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #194 next week, the first of our special double-issues for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 (and in the BCS #194 double-issue ebook already out early on Kindle and Weightless Books), our special science-fantasy cover art will be “Research Lab” by Sung Choi:

"Research Lab" by Sung Choi

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BCS #192 – K.J. Parker, Vardomskaya, New Cover Art, and Our 400th Story
Posted in: New Issues, Special Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #192 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with stories about storytelling and art, a guest-narrated podcast, and new cover art, all in celebration of our 400th story!

Multiple World Fantasy Award winner and past BCS author K.J. Parker (“Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue) returns to BCS with “Told By An Idiot,” a special story of storytelling, the stage, and life, told in that classic Parker vivid, self-effacing voice.

Told By An Idiot” is also the 400th story to appear in BCS!  Thank you to all our authors for their great fiction, all 399 past stories. Peruse them for some great stories, by writers you’ve heard of and others you haven’t.

Tamara Vardomskaya (“The Guardian’s Head” in BCS #186, among others) returns to BCS with “The Three Dancers of Gizari,” a story likewise of the stage and life and art but also of sculpture and privilege, from a voice equally as intimate yet far different. It’s set in the same art-focused world as her past BCS story “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 143.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari, the Tamara Vardomskaya story. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including podcast BCS 160: A Careful Fire by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

Our new cover art is “Plains of Another World” by Dutch artist Leon Tukker.

The From the Archives story with BCS #192 is “Great, Golden Wings” by Rachel Swirsky, from BCS #28 and podcast BCS 027, another story about art and its effect, not unlike “The Three Dancers of Gizari.”

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BCS #183, Seventh Anniversary Double-Issue
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Cover Art, Ebook Sale, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #183, our Seventh Anniversary Double-Issue, is out today!

It includes “The Bride Doll,” a Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks (“The Sorrow of Rain” in BCS #157, “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” in BCS #131, and ten other stories), and “Geometries of Belonging” by Rose Lemberg, set in the same world as her BCS stories “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” in BCS #175 and “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80.

Plus two more stories: “The Four Schools” by Naim Kabir (“On the Origin of Song” in BCS #131, our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue) and “The Sons of Vincente” by I.L. Heisler.

The Lemberg and Heisler stories won’t be released on the website until next week, but they are available now in the ebook of the full issue, on Kindle and at WeightlessBooks.com.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode will be BCS 159 The Sons of Vincente by I.L. Heisler, released next week.

The ‘From the Archives’ story is “A Place to Stand” by Grace Seybold, in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079, a tale of shifting time-frames not unlike “The Four Schools.” All behind new cover art for our seventh anniversary: “Sundown” by Feliks Grzesiczek.

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

There’s also a giveaway for a copy of BCS author Mathrew Kressel’s new novel King of Shards. It shares the desert world of his BCS stories, “Pheth’s Aviary” in BCS #133  and “The Suffering Gallery” in BCS #57 and podcast BCS 050. The giveaway is in this post. It ends ends Wed. Oct. 7, so enter soon!

In seven (!) years of BCS, we’ve published over 375 stories and 175 audio fiction podcasts. And there’s more to come! Thanks so much for reading!

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Post-Hugo Ballot Praise for “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

With the release of the full numbers of the nominations cast for this year’s Hugo Awards, many bloggers and fans are lauding the stories and other works that fell just short of making the ballot, attributed to other nominees that were promoted on voting slates making the ballot and bumping these works off.

The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, which earned a Nebula nomination, fell two slots short of making the ballot for Best Short Story. Thank you to the many blogs who have lauded the story, including Alternate Timeline Hugo Awards — Pretty Terrible, The Stories That Should Have Been 2015 Hugo Nominees, With Links | Alas, a Blog, Annalee@leeflower, and Hammard@hammard_1987, and all the readers and voters who loved the story.

The Bonedrake’s Penance” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, fell six slots short of making the ballot for Best Novelette. Thank you to all the readers and voters who enjoyed it.

And thank you to all the readers and voters who nominated BCS again for Best Semiprozine. We are honored to be nominated for this highest of the awards in our field.

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“The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard a Finalist for the Nebula Award
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

“The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard’s story of society and motherhood in the aftermath of a colonial space war, from BCS #142 Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121 guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Short Story.

Congratulations!! “The Breath of War” is a great story of character-centered, secondary-world (science) fantasy.

Aliette’s short fiction has appeared many times in BCS over the years, most recently “The Moon Over Red Trees” in BCS #157  Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 136.

Other Nebula finalists for work in other venues include BCS authors

Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!

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BCS #157, #158, #159 Reviewed at Locus Online
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #157, #158, and #159 were reviewed last weekend by Locus online reviewer Lois Tilton, including multiple stories lauded with her rare “Recommended” rating.

From BCS #157 (our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue), she called “The Sorrow of Rain,” a new Lord Yamada tale by Richard Parks, “A moving, simple story in a setting that evokes a scene on a painted scroll. Recommended.

Heaven Thunders The Truth” by K.J. Parker she says is “...told in the author’s usual wry and witty narrative voice. The concluding theme turns out to be truth and the utility of a lie... I look forward to more of these. Recommended.” 

In “The Moon Over Red Trees,” a tale of colonialism and personal fury by Aliette de Bodard, “readers will suspect (the narrator) of planning revenge... but the story takes a different path. Readers familiar with the author’s recent work will recognize... the same concern with ancestral heritage and the gynocentric family structure.”

From BCS #158, of “The Leaves Upon Her Falling Light” by Gregory Norman Bossert, she says “There’s a strong mythic tone here... The story is a tragedy, the destruction of an innocent in the course of a struggle between two greater enemies.” Of “The Rugmaker’s Lovers” by Brynn MacNab, “The rugmaker’s sin is a personal one... The scale is domestic, not dynastic. And some of the characters, at least, manage to find a manner of peace in the end, if not actual happiness or joy.”

And in BCS #159, “The Burned Man,” by Hannah Strom-Martin “A tale of treachery and vengeance. The author leaves the narrator’s response as a mystery to readers – will he take the lesson or will he continue to pursue his own perilous love?”

Congratulations, all!

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BCS #157 Anniversary Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live
Posted in: Anniversary Issues, Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

The final two stories from BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, and the bonus podcast are live on the BCS website today.

The stories include “Heaven Thunders The Truth” by multiple World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker and “Butterfly House” by Gwendolyn Clare.

The bonus podcast, BCS 136: The Moon Over Red Trees, is the Aliette de Bodard story from earlier in BCS #157, our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue. It’s guest-narrated by Kate Baker, the podcast director and familiar voice of Clarkesworld magazine.

All four 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 Sixth Anniversary Ebook Sale, buy a BCS ebook subscription or the new Best of BCS Year Five from WeightlessBooks.com and you’ll get a coupon for 30% off all BCS titles. But act soon; the sale ends next week!

Our two giveaways for signed Richard Parks Lord Yamada short story collections, one as paper book and one as audio book, have ended. But next week on Twitter, we will be giving away a signed hardback limited-edition K.J. Parker short story collection. Visit the link to see how you can enter.

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