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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Entry updated 18 February 2021. Tagged: Publication.

US professional Online Magazine run by Scott H Andrews and published under the auspices of Firkin Press, Reston, Virginia. It has been published fortnightly since 9 October 2008, passing its 100th issue on 26 July 2012 and its 300th on 9 April 2020.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies specializes in Secondary World [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] Fantasy fiction. However, its remit is broad: according to its own website, these secondary worlds may be "different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), Ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of Magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (see Alternate History). It could have a "pre-tech" level of Technology, or Steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that's not advanced or modern technology." It thus cultivates the fields that represent the hinterland of science fiction and which can often help define the distinctions between sf and fantasy, although its policy states that it specifically excludes science fiction, defined as stories with a future setting or with advanced technology. Its contributors, some of whose work has strayed into the border realms of Science Fantasy have included Marie Brennan, David D Levine, Geoffrey Maloney, Richard Parks, Tony Pi, Rachel Swirsky, Steve Rasnic Tem and K D Wentworth. It publishes two or three stories per issue and its regular schedule has allowed it to run the occasional serial. Selected stories are also available as a podcast (see Audiozine). There has been a series of annual anthologies drawn from each year of publication: The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One (anth 2010 ebook), The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Two (anth 2011 ebook) The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year Three (anth 2012 ebook) and further volumes for Year Four etc, all edited by Scott H Andrews, plus the more selective Steampunk anthology Ceaseless Steam (anth 2012 ebook), also edited by Andrews. [MA]


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