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Wyrd and Wonder: planning our adventures

Wyrd and Wonder is a fantasy event being held this May – a quest to celebrate the best fantasy books, movies, audiobooks, games, art and whatever else tickles our fancy. But every adventure needs a plan, so that you can look back on it and wonder what the hell happened…

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Welcome to Wyrd and Wonder

Looking for an opportunity to flail merrily with like-minded lovers of dragons, wizardry, questing and mayhem? Want an excuse to to read all your fantasy backlog? Just curious about That There Genre Famous For Its Intimidating Doorstops? We’re planning a month-long blogstravaganza for all your fantasy needs…

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Spare and Found Parts: review and giveaway!

Nell Crane is the girl with the clockwork heart, daughter of two revolutionary thinkers whose contributions have improved the lives of everyone in Black Water City. Great things are expected of her, but she’s running out of time to make a contribution that will keep her free of a life of manual labour. When inspiration finally strikes, her idea is so bold it may destroy her ties to everyone she loves…

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Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2018: an informal experiment

Subjective: “based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions“.

Chaos: “the first created being” (Greek). No, that’s not what we’re after. “Complete disorder and confusion” …hopefully not. “Behaviour so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions“. YOU GOT IT.

(Kind of) Awards: “a prize or other mark of recognition” – well, you know, kind of.

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SciFi Month Round-up: it’s been a great month

SciFi Month 2017 has been epic: over two dozen bloggers, nearly 100 reviews plus nearly 100 other posts for chats, discussions, giveaways, interviews and more! We’ve celebrated space opera and cyberpunk, classic SF and Star Wars, and if we haven’t loved everything nothing has soured our delight in the genre. I’ve loved every minute. I hope your TBR has grown as fast as mine.

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SciFi Month Round-up: the story continues

We’re past the halfway mark now, but we’re not slowing down! SciFi Month 2017 continues to celebrate all things speculative, science and space-based across as many media as we can reach. Here’s a recap of this week’s flailing activities.

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SciFi Month Round-up: the story so far

SciFi Month 2017 is off to a flying start with blog posts, podcasts, booktubes and bookstagrams coming in thick and fast. It’s tricky keeping up, but I wanted to showcase some of the contributions so far…

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We have lift off! Welcome to Sci Fi Month

The nights are dark, the mercury’s dropping, the winter is closing in – but November means it’s SciFi Month again! This year I’m stepping in for our founder Rinn to help Lisa bring scifi geekery and out of this world enthusiasm from a wonderful crew of bloggers.

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Apex spotlight: meet Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

I’ve mentioned my love for and entanglement with Apex Magazine before, so it’s with great pleasure that I’d like to introduce the editors: Big Chief Jason Sizemore and Comfortably In Control Lesley Conner (who has All the Answers AND a Production Spreadsheet of Doom – but we’ll get back to that). They joined me for a fun kaffeeklatsch in honour of the annual subscription drive.
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Author spotlight: meet Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Book cover: Resistance - Mikhaeyla Kopievsky (a woman's face drawn in circuitry)Mikhaeyla Kopievsky has just released her debut novel Resistance, first in the Divided Elements series. I was delighted to get the opportunity to settle in with a cocktail and interview this exciting new author. Join me to find out more about her and her intriguing dystopian world.

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Now we are (nearly) one: blogiversary giveaway

There’s always room for one more has been a byline in our household for years (which I can’t take credit for, I hasten to add), and it’s nearly a year since I realised it described my reading habit perfectly and stole it for my book blog.

I like the hobbit approach to birthdays as a time to give gifts to others, and as it’s SciFi Month it seems a no-brainer that I should give away one of my favourite SF reads of 2016 to celebrate this first year at x+1. So I have a shiny new copy of Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel Ninefox Gambit to put in the hands of one lucky winner.

The giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be drawn out of a pirate hat on November 26th, the day x+1 turns one.

How to enter

Bite-size Special: What makes an Apex story?

It’s the first Friday of SciFi Month, and today it’s time for something a bit different for Bite-size Books: the first ever guest post here at x+1.

Lesley Conner, managing editor of Apex Magazine, is taking the keyboard to try and get to the bottom of what makes a short story an Apex short story. Over to Lesley – and her special guests, my colleagues on the slush team!

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