The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One

A poet and a thief must carry a magic sword that makes them alarmingly cheerful….

A god made of corn stalks haunts a woman whose heart is cut out….

A samurai investigating a ruined mansion finds a ghost of his long-dead brother….

These and other awe-inspiring stories await in The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One, an anthology of fourteen short stories and novelettes of literary adventure fantasy from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the pro-rate online magazine editor/reviewer Rich Horton calls “a really important source of fantasy.”

The Best of BCS, Year One features such authors as Marie Brennan, Richard Parks, Yoon Ha Lee, and 2009 Campbell Award finalists Tony Pi and Aliette de Bodard. It includes “Thieves of Silence” by World Fantasy Award Finalist Holly Phillips, named to Locus’s 2009 Recommended Reading List, and “Father’s Kill” by Christopher Green, winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story of 2009.


“If you like well-written fantasy fiction, this is a great addition to your library.”
Hugo Award-Winning Editor John Klima

“Each story works on an elevated level, and challenges the notions that high fantasy is cliche or just escapist.”
Bibliophile Stalker

Table of Contents

“The Sword of Loving Kindness,” by Chris Willrich
“Architectural Constants,” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Silk and Shadow,” by Tony Pi
“Driftwood,” by Marie Brennan
“Unrest,” by Grace Seybold
“Dragon’s-Eyes,” by Margaret Ronald
“Kreisler’s Automata,” by Matthew David Surridge
“The Alchemist’s Feather,” by Erin Cashier
“The Mansion of Bones,” by Richard Parks
“The Mathematics of Faith,” by Jonathan Wood
“Blighted Heart,” by Aliette de Bodard
“The Tinyman and Caroline,” by Sarah L. Edwards
“Father’s Kill,” by Christopher Green
“Thieves of Silence,” by Holly Phillips

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