The Stories

by Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreIt was a hit much like all the others. Careful $100k rate put into an anonymous numbered account.

Payment: half up front and rest on delivery.

The usual thing. Anonymous parcel with a Care Bear...inside was a photo, address, and a brief bio.

By Estelle Owen

sfgenre“Well that’s that then.” I sat deflated and stared at the single sock.

The design was spectacular.

It could be mistaken for a spider web.

It was also large and peculiar smelling.

By Ishmael Soledad

sfgenreThe desert sleeps, afternoon shadows reaching from low dunes to embrace a russet red landscape of sand and stone that stretches to infinity. Can’t see anything moving out there, roos, birds, nothing from horizon to horizon. If it doesn’t rain soon Dad will have to truck water in, more trouble and money poured down this wreck of a farm.

Mars just isn’t the place it used to be but that’s the gig and I’m living it. Paige casts a weary glance around the hab, across patched and rigged shelving back to the floor, back to the to the boots she’s struggling to clip onto her suit.

By Botond Teklesz

sfgenreDay one.

Pavlovian conditioning. Get up. Bathroom. Wash your hands after toilet. Breakfast sunny-side up. Neuronic implant of the left temporal lobe connected and activated. Time for the Chinese lesson. The implant is connected to eyeglasses for comfort issues. If you break them, the punishment is a week in in the sensory deprivation unit. You don’t wanna try that, believe me. One can learn any language in three days but I choose the most difficult one for the reward — which is a big slice of cherry pie. Of course, the pie is also a memory implant.

By Kyra Thomsen

sfgenreThere’s blood on the floor of the lab, but I know how to clean it up. I use the mop. Using the mop is written in my program. I wring out the mop and the water in the bucket turns cloudy and pink like the sky at sunset. I’ve seen sunsets, outside. Sometimes I see the sun setting when I ‘get rid of’ the empty bodies. Sometimes I see nothing but the trees at night. Whether it’s dark, or light, or somewhere in between, I see Sir looking over me from the door of the laboratory. But not today. Today I’m looking over Sir. Or, at least, I’m looking over what Sir used to be. I mop up the blood.

By Laurie Bell

sfgenreThey called it Serum 66. I overheard many of the discussions, arguments, and justifications, and I dunno what it was but figured it was pretty important given how testy everyone got about it.

My trolley rattled forward. Its simple electronic brain knew only two commands. Go and Stop. The right rear wheel squeaked as it travelled forward.

By Roger Ley

sfgenre‘So, what’s your star sign?’ Mary asked, and took a sip from her glass. She watched him closely over the rim. It was one of her stock questions on first dates. You could tell a lot about a man, depending on how he reacted. His actual star sign was irrelevant. She didn’t believe in astrology.

She liked to meet new prospects in the pub, on the way home from work. It was easy to make a hasty exit after one polite drink if the ‘Perfect Match’ was less than perfect. And, let’s face it, most of them were, it was just a matter of degree.

By D.A. Cairns

sfgenreClick, clack! Click, clack! The train sliced through the dense green scrub of the Royal National Park, its rhythmic clatter combining with warm sunshine on the window to smother Shawn with drowsiness. His head lolled, and his heavy eyelids closed him off from the world.

Murmuring, and an angry voice disturbed his sleep. Someone was speaking loudly, wanting everyone to hear, swearing…about…it was hard to focus. Shawn blinked, dazed. Dark windows. They had stopped inside a tunnel.

By Ed Errington

sfgenreWe are told everything will be fine. That is the last thing we are told. We are ready and waiting with our one overnight bag as instructed. At precisely two am in the morning, the coach collects us.

The driver shepherds us into the coach — ticking off our names. She gives us a rough blanket to hide our faces if necessary. Not that anyone is awake to witness our nocturnal departure.

By Garry Dean

sfgenreRichard “Tinker” Jones was an inventor. For the most part, he kept to himself, in a garage furnished with the sort of equipment any mainstream lab would envy. In the small Australian town of Jindawalla, he was something of a mystery. The less open-minded thought he was a weirdo, someone with more money than sense. Those who knew him thought otherwise. To them he was Tinker, a slightly quirky guy, whose garage was an Aladdin’s cave of wonders.

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nuke conflux 2017 200Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia’s longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998, and conceived back around November 2007. He has been a zealous reader and occasional writer of SF since his childhood in the 1960s, and even sold a few stories here and there back in the '90s.

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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.

His stories, covering everything from sci-fi to philosophy, have been published across the globe and links to each can be found at <>

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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, 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 <>.

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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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lauriebell 2 200Laurie Bell lives in Melbourne, Australia. She was that girl you found with her nose always buried in a book. She has been writing ever since she was a little girl and first picked up a pen. From books to short stories, radio plays to snippets of ideas and reading them aloud to anyone who will listen.

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 <> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

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pixie willo 100Pixie is a voice actor, cabaret performer & slam poet From the Blue Mountains in NSW.

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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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.

You can read examples of Garry's fiction on his website <>

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