It is my enormous honour today to be host to a brilliant scholar. She has done extensive work in the field of Draconean literature, and is presently engaged in the greatest challenge of her career. You may have heard of her illustrious grandmama, but I assure you – you want to be acquainted with the latest scion of the house of Trent. Dear readers, I give you: Audrey Camherst!

I’m delighted to hand over today to the award-winning Gareth L Powell, whose new space opera Embers of War is out this week. Gareth’s alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel (tying with Ancillary Justice, no less), and was a Seiun Award finalist. I will be reviewing Embers of War this weekend (spoiler: IT’S REALLY GOOD).

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!