BCS #197 is out today, with two stories featuring animal secondary characters and protagonists who must engage with them.
Tony Pi (“No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155, “The Curse of Chimère” in BCS #53, among others) returns to his candy hawker sorcerer from “No Sweeter Art,” which was a finalist for the Aurora Awards, in “The Sweetest Skill.” It’s a new tale in which Tangren Ao must treat with competing zodiac animal spirits in order to aid his city’s god.
Kelly Stewart in “Rabbit Grass” shows a young protagonist wary of a tricksy animal character who asks her for help.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill, Tony Pi’s story of candy-sculpting sorcery and zodiac animal spirits. It’s guest-narrated by audio book narrator John Meagher, who has narrated many past BCS podcast episodes, including BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, one of Tony Pi’s previous tales of Tangren Ao and zodiac spirits. That podcast was named a finalist for the Parsec Awards.
BCS #197 also features a new episode of the BCS Audio Vault: 023: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi, that previous tale of Tangren Ao that was a finalist for the Parsec Awards last year. It’s introduced by narrator John Meagher, talking about the story and its narration.
All behind another view of our new cover art for early spring for our Northern Hemisphere readers: “Forest” by French artist Geoffrey Icard.