The Stories

By Robert Caldwell

sfgenreWeeano swam in darting motions side to side, studying her reflection in the mirror. Unsatisfied with the degree from which she deviated the dolphin ideal of perfection, she rubbed her head against the make-up wall. She jerked over toward the mirror to take another look and — slightly more satisfied with her complexion than before — decided that that was the best she could do, so she squiggled over to the perfume shower and pulled the lever to let a fine mist fall on her.

By Brian Biswas

sfgenreVenus is the goddess of love and Venus is the planet of love. When I slip beneath the clouds that shroud the second planet from our sun, I am both surprised and pleased to find a terrain covered with forests and vegetation — and overflowing with animal life. Surprised, since unmanned probes indicated a barren world covered with mountains of molten lava. Pleased, since this means my stay will not be unpleasant.

By Steven Translateur

sfgenreBetty Cyberchin was a cyberware-utilising acquaintance with slots on both sides of her cranium above the ears. She could plug databases right into her neural-mind. She had spent half of her considerable life savings on this newest of technologies and had cartridges for History, Cyberware, and Politicology.

She could handle one data load at a time. On our dates she usually had Politicology inserted, and that made our evenings’ debates or discussions about liberalism or conservatism and everything in between.

By Kathryn Flaherty

sfgenreThe signal twists and dances, it continues on forever forward hoping to one day be heard...

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“Does you lingo earth speak? Bu the chillin does. De teach make sure.”

By Jessica Nelson-Tyers

sfgenreMy baby girl hadn’t been sleeping well, so if you’re wondering whether I’d been burning the candle at both ends, the answer is yes. At both ends and from the middle. I was pieces of disconnected string swimming in a pool of beeswax. But tired isn’t the same as mad; it doesn’t explain what happened.

Leigh had been up and down all night with a fever topping at 39, so we’d gone through the usual: do we take her to hospital, does she have a rash, do you think she’s in pain?

By Pascal Inard

sfgenreLoki rolled the dice and moved his thimble token six places. "'Go to Jail' again? This game's rigged!"

Apollo laughed. "Maybe you should apologise to Fortuna. She's still mad at you for cheating when you played poker with her."

"How else can you win against her?"

By David Scholes

sfgenre“Re-user!” The uniformed enforcer yelled the accusation at Seth as others watched on.

How embarrassing. The jetpack was only just past its use-by date. Seth had figured he could get away with a few small repairs. He hadn’t expected this. Would the enforcer arrest him?

By C A Clark

sfgenreA small electric pop heralded the end.

Like corn in a hot pan it started with a few early pops building to a crescendo of contained percussion, one or two final late raps, then silence.

The silence lasted until the first wail.

By Brianna Bullen

sfgenreThe eucalypts closed around the sun like muscles around a bright surveillance eye. Emerging from the grove, his jacket snared as if the forest would keep him in its grasp. 23.9.2098#279 let it go, for it was not his to lose. Indeed, if the environment desired it, he was happy to part with it. In exchange, he sought other night cover, and found a piece of tarp offered up by the trees further along the beachline.

By Paddy Kelly

sfgenreSlender, sap-filled Graan, seen at Transept Majora last sixday. You apologised for your scent modulation, we exchanged looks of amusement. Me, grey-furred Alpandra in limbcage. Cannot forget you. Meeting for social fluid intake? I am low gravity, but high fun.

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Australia, A Story
by Ovidiu Bufnila

Castle Bridegroom Bear
by Michael Richards

Decrypted Message Thread
by Theodore Irvin Silar

Non-Event Horizon
by Kevin J. Phyland

Satisfaction
by Nicholas Sheppard

The Traveller
by Robert David

The Twelve Moments
by Eugen Samolin

Upstairs
by David Scholes

You Can Always Change The Past
by George Nikolopoulos

You Can't Always Get What You Want
by Wes Parish

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AntiSF Narration Team

 

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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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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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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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 <wordsbydavid.com>

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laurie bell 150Laurie Bell lives in Melbourne, Australia. She spent years writing and making audio plays with her sister using an old tape player. Life is a performance! She is a singer and has performed on stage once for her local theatre company. Now she helps out as a volunteer. She loves to read her stories out loud to anyone who will listen. She has recorded several audio readings of her own short stories here at Antipodean SF and is now a member of the audio team.

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

Laurie's debut book The Butterfly Stone will be published in Autumn (Aus) 2018 and another titled Blood Fever will be published in Winter (Aus) 2018.

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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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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 <https://garrydean.wordpress.com>

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SF News

SF News

AntiSF Author Eugen M. Bacon Publishes Two New Anthologies

Antipodean SF author Eugen Bacon has published two new speculative fiction anthologies:

Dying & Other Stories, <http://www.fiction4all.com/books/b13195-dying-and-other-stories.htm>. Literary speculative fiction that offers up death. Dirges that cross genre.

Thirteen Wicked Tales, <http://www.fiction4all.com/books/b13148-thirteen-wicked-tales.htm>. A collection of literary speculative fiction by Fiction4All

Congrats AntiSF Author Laurie Bell...

Laurie Bell is set to have two new novels published in 2018. One is an adult sci-fi noir thriller novel "Blood Fever" through Incendia Books, and the other is a young adult urban fantasy "The Butterfly Stone" from Wyvern's Peak Publishing.

ASFF Supports The Swancon Short Story Competition 2018 - Entries Now Open

Swancon 2018, the 57th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, is running a short story competition with the support of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. More information at the Swancon website. Theme: Transformation

For more SF news why not join the ASFF and get the ASFF newsletter “The Instrumentality” delivered straight to your inbox!

Upcoming Aussie Cons

Walker Stalker Convention: Walking Dead convention The Dome at Sydney Showgrounds. 3-4 February 2018 and 10-11 February 2018 Melbourne Showgrounds. <http://walkerstalkercon.com/sydney/>.

Confurgence 2018: Furry convention 23-25 February 2018. Amora Hotel Riverwalk, Melbourne. <http://ausfancons.com/confurgence/>

Swancon 2018 (Natcon): Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. This is the 2018 Australian National Convention: “Transmogrification”, (Easter) 29  March to 02 April 2018 . Guests: Kameron Hurley, Ryan Griffen, Barb de la Hunty.  More information: <http://swancon.com.au/>

Continuum XIV: Conjugation. Melbourne’s SF Convention. 8th – 11th June, 2018. More information: <http://www.continuum.org.au/>.

Nullus Anxietas VII: The Australian Discworld Convention – will be held in Melbourne on April 12-14, 2019, and is themed on Going Postal. More information: <https://ausdwcon.org/>

For more up-to-date Aussie SF info join the ASFF: <asff.org.au>

AntiSF will be at the National Convention, Swancon (2018).

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