Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 BCS



(Historical Fiction) In the 1630s, two brothers move to the New World to escape religious persecution. This story covers 50 years of their lives there.
A Courtship of Beasts by Michael Anthony Ashley  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(Fantasy) On a quest seeking his form, Sham meets the woman of his dreams, and he pursues her, to her delight.
A Deeper Green by Samantha Murray  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 205
(Fantasy) The colony can't tolerate assault, and it depends on Juvianna's gift of making people forget crime and motivation alike. But what if she used it preventively?
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A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain by Martin Cahill  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 210
(High Fantasy) Trying to serve two masters, Glass fights her own comrades to try to complete an impossible mission.
Blood Grains Speak Through Memories by Jason Sanford  Time: 40m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 195
(SF) Frere-Jones controls the nanobot "grains" that help protect the ecology in the bit of land she "anchors." She's come to view the grains as a tyranny, but there doesn't seem to be much she can do about it.
Cloud Dweller by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 199
(Historical Fantasy) Vasily is a tightrope walker for the circus. When he thinks no one is around, he walks in thin air on lines of light only he can see.
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Fire In The Haze by Mishell Baker  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 203
(High Fantasy) After ten years, the spell that makes Jal En a woman has started to fade. But she's a seeress in the Temple of Ru, where it's death for a man to be.
Foxfire, Foxfire by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 194
(Military Fantasy) Baekdo, a fox who wants to become human, needs one more kill to achieve his goal. A collapsing city in the middle of a civil war seems like a good place to do it but there are complications.
(Historical Fantasy) In 1879, little George and his big brother run away from their farm and sail down the river toward a new life in Pittsburgh
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Nothing But The Sky by Gwendolyn Clare  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 201
(Fantasy Steampunk) Ensign Dorial hoped for a chance to prove himself, but an assignment to track down the Emperor's wayward niece wasn't what he had in mind.
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Salt And Sorcery by Raphael OrdoΓ±ez  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 205
(Steampunk Fantasy) Orana needs to find shelter after her airship goes down in the wastes of the western desert, but her people know nothing about the place.
The Aeroliths by Stephen Case  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 212
(High Fantasy) Sylva controls the winds, and she served the old wizard in his floating sky palace. Before she serves the new one, he has to learn her story.
The Book of How to Live by Rose Lemberg  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(High Fantasy; Birdverse) In a world that values magic above all else, two creative women with no magic struggle to get recognition for their inventions.
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The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted by A.M. Dellamonica  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 209
(High Fantasy; Stormwrack) Gale's people summon her home for her "croning" ceremony, with consequences to Garland, captain of her ship, and a 12-year-old stow away.
(Historical Fantasy) Perpetua must pretend to be a man in order to carry on her father's glass business. She makes a great success from glass eyes, even before she realizes how special they are.
The Orangery by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 214
(Greek Mythos) The trees in the grove used to be women, and the Guardian protects them zealously from the men who still pursue them.
Told By An Idiot by K.J. Parker  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueBCS 192
(Historical Fantasy) In Elizabethan London, an entrepreneur skilled in identifying legitimate antiquities ends up with a bottle that happens to have a demon in it.
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Short Story

A Cup of Comfort by Stephanie Burgis  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 210
(High Fantasy) The mysterious owner of the best tea house in town has a secret deal with the queen.
A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 195
(Space Opera; Xuya) Thuy seeks her daughter's remains in the twisted parts of unreal space where salvagers pick over the remains of wrecked starships.
Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein2  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 208
(High Fantasy; Tasik) A swamp woman traps a youth who came seeking a love potion, and before she eats him, she tells him a story.
And the Blessing of the Angels Came Upon Them by Dean Wells  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 193
(Interstellar Steampunk) Peavey is the last survivor of a marooned expedition, whose descendants are holding an annual festival. His grandson is excited, but Peavey dreads it for some reason.
(Magical Steampunk) Elijah is dying of tuberculosis in a London where Darwin discovered spirits, not evolution. He and a vampire friend descend into the underground to look for a cure.
Blood Reckonings by Alec Austin  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 201
(High Fantasy) Beatriz seeks a priceless relic hidden in a tomb. Two popes contend for it, but she has her own plans.
Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest by Cat Rambo  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 194
(Science Fantasy) Cathay, a Chaos Mage in the city of Serendib, thrives on randomness. And how better to make the world more random than gambling?
Dearly Departed by Kelly Stewart1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 211
(Horror) Perdita lives in the house on the hill and tends the graveyard. A traveler on a mission disturbs her solitude, and a thing under the graveyard needs to be killed.
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Ebb Stung By The Flow by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 204
(Modern Fantasy) The train carrying Jackson's Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade is wrecked, and the three Fates walk the wreckage.
In Skander, for a Boy by Chaz Brenchley  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 191
(High Fantasy) Having no heir, King Rulf sends Harlan, his most trusted adviser, to find the son of the king he overthrew 20 years ago
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Laws Of Night And Silk by Seth Dickinson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 200
(High Fantasy) To defeat the armies of the Efficate, the Cteri train some of their children to be weapons of mass destruction.
Longsleeves by Mike Allen  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 190
(High Fantasy) Rescued from men who tried to kill her, Merav struggles to understand why and to adjust to life with her rescuer: a widely feared witch.
Masks of the Mud God by Greg Kurzawa  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 213
(Fantasy) The Raah dominate the humans, but Miriam wants to try to be more like a human, incurring her father's wrath.
Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 202
(High Fantasy) In the middle of the night, the Wild Hunt demands assistance from a sleepless, pregnant woman.
Rabbit Grass by Kelly Stewart1  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 197
(Fantasy) Aril knows not to let rabbits into the garden--no matter how politely they ask. Picket's an awfully nice rabbit, though, and he needs her help.
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Salt Circles by Andrew F. Sullivan1  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 193
(Fantasy America) Heath leads Dennis and Mitchell in a crusade across a cursed America, killing mutated people, but gradually becoming corrupted themselves.
Sea of Dreams by Alter S. Reiss  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 196
(High Fantasy) Exiled emperor Ierois lives alone on the shore of the Sea of Dreams. Then another exile joins him--a boy who refuses to give up quite so easily.
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Shadow's Weave by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 200
(Fantasy) Tamalat has come to a priest to find out how to restore her friend Brio's shadow, in the hopes it will restore him to what he once was.
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Teeth, Tapestries by Alex Dally MacFarlane  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 208
(Mainstream) In the middle of a storm on an almost-abandoned island, a midwife finds the greatest threat to a new mother is her husband.
The Garden of Ending by K.J. Kabza  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 211
(Fantasy) In which a girl named Everyone finds a ruined garden and a nameless gargoyle repairs it for her.
The Jeweled Nawab Jungle Retreat by Priya Sridhar  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 214
(Indian Steampunk) Mr. and Mrs. Coates came to India to hunt the most difficult prey, and no one can convince them that hunting the Great Worm is suicide.
The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos1  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 190
(African Fantasy) The narrator's twin died in a caisson, but he's sure the foreigner supervising the construction sacrificed him to the water spirit.
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The Marvelous Inventions of Mr. Tock by Daniel Baker  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 213
(Steampunk Horror) Justice Latch investigates the curious case of a girl who exploded.
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The Mountains His Crown by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 195
(SF) The narrator's farm is threatened by a sequence of increasingly irrational demands by the distant emperor.
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The Nature Of Ghosts And The Fate Of Shadows by Luke Nolby1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 202
(High Fantasy) An old man, a former imperial soldier, confronts young rebels and his own past.
(High Fantasy) Hester sells eggs that turn you into a reptile if you eat them. It's the only way out of the city, but they never work on Hester herself.
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The Patchwork Procedure by Claude LalumiΓ¨re  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 206
(Steampunk) An agent from the city-state of Montreal lies in prison after unsuccessfully trying to apprehend a man who stole Montreal's secret immortality treatment.
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The Right Bright Courier by Anaea Lay  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 194
(High Fantasy) A Bright Courier arrives at the Palace of Abandoned Dreams, where many come to collect the package, but none ever returns.
The Stone Garden by C.A. Hawksmoor2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 196
(High Fantasy) Gwyn plants a stone garden beside the house he and Mercher are building for each other. You plant stone seeds in stone gardens, and they make you remember. But not everything is good to remember.
The Sweetest Skill by Tony Pi  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 197
(Chinese Fantasy; Candyman Ao) New to Chengdu, young Ao doesn't expect the fearsome tiger spirit to ask him for a favor--to rescue the Guardian of Chengdu. Ao has some magic, but cleverness may be more important.
The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya2  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 192
(High Fantasy) Bethenica Morning, humble, penny-pinching accountant to the wealthy and powerful Nahemiah Froll, travels abroad to acquire a famous statue for her mistress.
(Old-West Fantasy) Hunting for her old partner and some missing townspeople, Calamity confronts a pair of fairies.
The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 212
(High Fantasy) Despite the rebellion, the narrator makes friends with a local girl, and she wonders when their bird-like overlords will come to replace her heart.
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The Wind Shall Blow by Gregory Norman Bossert  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 209
(Historical Fantasy) On the English border with war coming, the Scotts have never accepted Irish Regan, and they fear the magic in her songs.
They Said The Desert by A.T. Greenblatt  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 199
(Fantasy) To support herself, Jade makes the dangerous desert crossings that enable trade between the towns. Ghosts that haunt the desert seem to be after her this trip, as if the desert knew her secret.
To Rise No More by Marie Brennan  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 207
(Historical Fantasy) In the spring of 1828, Ada Lovelace, aged 8, wants to learn to fly, with help from a secret woodland friend: a faerie swan-maiden.
Under She Who Devours Suns by Benjanun Sriduangkaew  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 204
(High Fantasy) After a long absence, Melishem returns to Talyut to challenge her rival to single combat. But Sikata is already dead.
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Whale-Oil by Sylvia Linsteadt  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 198
(Historical Fantasy) In 1880s San Francisco, little Altair sees that the spirits of whales are trapped in the whale-oil lamps, and he determines to free them.
What Pada-Sara Means To The Elephant by Jeremy Sim  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 206
(High Fantasy) A boy and his sister flee their home city during a crackdown on the underclass, but the soldiers chasing them are closing in.
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Where She Went by Linden A. Lewis1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueBCS 215
(SF) When his granddaughter doesn't come home one night, Rhee looks for her at the witch's lair--even though it's forbidden to approach it.

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