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A foreigner duels his lover’s clan with a living sword grown from bone….
A captain’s daughter must write a poem to free her becalmed ship….
A troubador plays a world-destroying song for a countess’s execution….
A flock of clockwork birds tries to redeem their Jaguar Knight creator….
These and other awe-inspiring fantasy stories await in The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Two, a new anthology of sixteen short stories and novelettes of literary adventure fantasy from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the pro-rate online magazine Hugo Award-winning editor Lou Anders of Pyr Books says “is rapidly becoming my favorite short fiction magazine of all time.”
The Best of BCS, Year Two features such authors as Marie Brennan, Rachel Swirsky, 2009 Campbell Award Finalist Aliette de Bodard, and 2010 Campbell Finalist Saladin Ahmed. It includes “The Isthmus Variation” by Kris Millering, named to Locus’s 2010 Recommended Reading List, and “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” by Yoon Ha Lee, a Finalist for the 2010 WSFA Small Press Award.
Table of Contents
The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere · Marissa Lingen
The Pirate Captain’s Daughter · Yoon Ha Lee
A Serpent in the Gears · Margaret Ronald
The Isthmus Variation · Kris Millering
The Leafsmith in Love · K.J. Kabza
Eighth Eye · Erin Cashier
The Motor, the Mirror, the Mind · T.F. Davenport
Remembering Light · Marie Brennan
More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand · Rosamund Hodge
Great, Golden Wings · Rachel Swirsky
Throwing Stones · Mishell Baker
Memories in Bronze, Feathers, and Blood · Aliette de Bodard
And Other Such Delights · James Lecky
Pawn’s Gambit · Adam Heine
Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride · Saladin Ahmed
To Kiss the Granite Choir · Michael Anthony Ashley