The Stories

By Zebuline Carter

sfgenreThe old man was resting comfortably on a wooden deck chair in his back yard, eyes closed, enjoying the sunshine, snapshots of old memories, and the buzz of the bees, when a knock on the side gate and a loud voice roused him to full awareness:

“Hello, is that you, Mr Decker?”

Decker blinked twice, took a moment to focus his eyes, found the young face framed with short blond curls peering over the top of the gate. “Oh, hello. Who might you be?” he answered amiably.

By Ishmael Soledad

sfgenreIt was a typical departure lounge, exceedingly cold, bare, entirely antiseptic. Two chairs, two doors, two beings. An appropriate point to leave one life for another. He looked up.

“Even so we must go through the formalities. You are aware of the choice?”

“Yes. Pain, misunderstanding, isolation and struggle for the chance of genius, creativity, shortened life one on hand.

By Louise Burch

sfgenre“Mummy?” asked Holly, “Could we make some fairy bread for the fairies?”

“Please,” corrected her mother as she smiled down at her daughter.

“Please, Mummy?”

“Well, you’re a big five-year-old now; you can make it. But I’ll help you cut off the crusts.

By J. H. Malone

sfgenre"The greatest invention in history and you want me to keep it a secret?"

"You said it's easy to make. What if you let it out and everybody makes one? What if the government outlaws it and then weaponises it somehow?"

"Never mind all that. We need money. You're not making enough and I'm not making any."

By Roger Ley

sfgenreJerry Cornelius knelt by the side of his Norton motorcycle, laid his Lee-Enfield over the saddle, and sighted at the airship as it chuffed past, half a mile away. The musket was a new design with a rifled barrel, its accuracy unbelievably improved. His shot hit the airship’s boiler and a jet of steam and water began to gush out. The rear propeller slowed and stopped almost at once. The ship was at the mercy of the wind. Its pilot, Telford Stephenson, would have to land and make repairs if he wanted to deliver the stolen ironclad warship plans to the rebel government. Cornelius, being an agent of the British Government in London, had no intention of letting Stephenson deliver the plans to York, the Northern Alliance’s capital city.

Stephenson evidently hadn’t heard the shot over the sound of the steam engine.

By Imogen Cassidy

sfgenreThe find was good, he was certain of it. If he was lucky it would be enough to cover the repayments to Bernadette, and even get some of those more urgent repairs done.

The only problem was the other ship that was already there.

They hadn’t seen him yet, and he hadn’t changed course, frozen into indecision by the hopes he’d been harboring being dashed.

By Trent Jamieson

sfgenreOnce there was an old city that an old man visited. He came into the city on a donkey.

‘I don’t like this place,’ Donkey said.

‘You were made not to like anything.’

‘We can’t stay long.’

‘I am here to see my grandchild,’ he said.

By Rex Caleval

sfgenre“All right, let’s get started. I’m Dr. Robert Hirsch. For those of you just being brought in on this, here are the basics,” said the man at the head of the conference table. “Some time ago, astronomers observed what appeared to be a large extrasolar asteroid approaching our system. When we calculated its trajectory, we found that it would pass quite close to some of the new moons of Saturn discovered by the Cassini project years ago. Doctor Susan Lassiter, here,” he continued, gesturing to a woman sitting to his left, “came up with a plan to divert another mission we’d been about to launch. We could get data on several objects in the asteroid belt on the outward leg, then try to land a probe on this object, like the Huygens lander in the Cassini mission did on Titan. The landing would be difficult, but if we could pull it off we’d get valuable information on the extrasolar object, and our probe could hitch a ride on it and provide data on these new moons as it went past. We decided to try it.”

By Simon Petrie

sfgenreTommy lifted his head from the pillow. “You’re not really here,” he said to the pale apparition in the darkness at the foot of his bed.

“If you say so,” replied the unicorn, its voice deep and smooth. Tommy wasn’t sure its lips had moved when it spoke. It started to fade.

“Wait!” Tommy blurted out, urgency warring within him with confusion, with unease, with the need not to wake his parents and older brothers.

By Theodore Irvin Silar

sfgenreBobby was tired of his village. Mockery was a local specialty. Bobby was an easy target: he limped. Climbing Giant’s Rock, forget falling off it, had been a feat unmatched in recent memory. A feat nobody remembered while gleefully appraising his ball-playing. Moreover, he was deaf in the right ear from a childhood illness. Then, his screams had aroused pity. A pity nobody remembered when sidling up to his bad ear and whispering obscenities. That trick never seemed to pall.

Self-defense, he knew, was called for. But he could never rubbish them back. Their ways baffled, tongue-tied him.

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garry dean narratorGarry Dean lives on the Mid Coast of New South Wales Australia, and has been a fan of SF for most of his natural life. Being vision impaired, he makes good use of voice recognition and text to speech in order to write. Many of his stories have appeared in AntipodeanSF over the years, and his love of all things audio led him to join the narration team in 2017.

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mark english 100Mark is an astrophysicist and space scientist who worked on the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn. Following this he worked in computer consultancy, engineering, and high energy research (with a stint at the JET Fusion Torus).

All this science hasn't damped his love of fantasy and science fiction. It has, however, ruined his enjoyment of rainbows, colourful flames on romantic log fires, and rings around the moon. He has previously been published in Stupefying Stories Showcase, Everyday Fiction, Escape Pod, Perihelion and also on AntipodeanSF where he is part of the narration team.

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david whitaker 200David Whitaker is originally from the UK though has travelled around a bit and now resides in India. He has a degree in Journalism, however decided that as he’s always preferred making things up it should ultimately become a resource rather than a profession.

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timonthy gwyn 100Timothy Gwyn is a professional pilot in Canada, where he flies to remote communities. During a lull in his flying career, he was a radio announcer for three years, and he is also an author.

In addition to short stories at AntipodeanSF and NewMyths.com, his SF novel is available internationally in print and ebook formats. "Avians" draws on his love of alternative aviation to tell the tale of a girl who runs away from home to join a cadre of glider pilots on a world without metal or fossil fuels.

On Twitter, he is @timothygwyn, and his blogs are at <timothygwyn.com>.

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Carolyn's work spans devising, performance, theatre-in-education and a collaborative visual art practice.

She tours children's works to schools nationally with School Performance Tours, is a member of the Bathurst physical theatre ensemble Lingua Franca and one half of darkroom — a visual arts practice with videographer Sean O'Keeffe.

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She enjoys writing short fiction, plays for radio and stage as well as her own brand of weird poetry.

She hosts the 'Off-Beet Poetry Slam' held bi-monthly in Katoomba,

And is a theatre reviewer for 2SER FM in Sydney.

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marg essex 200Margaret lives the good life on a small piece of rural New South Wales Australia, with an amazing man, a couple of pets, and several rambunctious wombats.

She feels so lucky to be a part of the AntiSF team.

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She is the author of The Butterfly Stone (available now).

You can read more of her work on her blog Look for her on Facebook <www.facebook.com/WriterLaurieBell/> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

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