Decrypted Message Thread

By Theodore Irvin Silar

sfgenreA. I'm done: wall, ceiling, floor, basement all painted in aluminum iron oxide, every window shielded with signal-blocking curtains. Except for the kitchen, as per instructions.

B. About time. You are behind schedule.


Exit front door tonight precisely 03:01. Proceed right, down Heather. Cross between 3 doors down (to avoid CCTV FOV behind you) and 1 door before corner @ Hillcrest (to avoid CCTV ahead of you).

Navigate 2 backyards. Keep low.

Cross Laurel, navigate 2 more backyards. Cross Hillcrest after the curve, at Linden. Be prepared for high wooden fence, thicket, sharp drop. Proceed downhill into farmhouse backyard. Be careful, silent, quick.

Start up a dog, or should anyone, repeat, anyone, see you —
1. Return to base;
2. Await further instructions.

A. Nobody home. I waited 42 minutes. Did I miss something?

B. Increased patrols. You were lucky.

Exit front door tonight precisely 03:46. Same route, same protocol. You will have 14 minutes.

A. What a nice old place. Never been in an old farmhouse before, all rustic and homey and folksy and stuff.

One thing. Why do I got to keep my kitchen curtains open? Those rows of Mcwindows staring down on me give me the creeps. Even if I am to be target practice, do I gotta play sitting duck?

B. Every good castle has a breach.

Instructions: Frequent kitchen. Raid refrigerator at night naked. Ostentatiously use cell phone for innocuous communications. Act normally.

N.B.: You are not to be “target practice.” You will be told what you are to be when you are told.

A. Btw, raiding the refrigerator at night naked is not “acting normally.” Especially with a laser sight dot on my back.

B. Nevertheless . . .


A. Shopping was especially creepy today. Should I not have gone naked? :-)

On a serious note, why must they carry Kalashnikovs in the Giant? Leather, lace, a million dollar pocketbook, and a Kalashnikov. I keep forgetting what I'm getting.

B. A fake family will accompany you next time so you can stock up without arousing suspicion. Fill your larder and then stay home. The less public exposure the better.


A. They watched me pick tomatoes today. The hair bristled on the back of my neck.

B. All Olde Ancient Oaks is starving. Interrogations, beatings, neighbors disappeared. A third are with us. None of the rest will rat. We know because our surveillance is better than theirs. They are getting arrogant. They think they have us cowed.

A. Emergency! Just realised my step ladder isn't tall enough for their wall.

B. You have a tree, rope. Be creative. D-day nears.

Exit front door Thursday 02:44, wearing long coat and backpack. Proceed to farmhouse. Continue across Spring Creek Road, wade creek, enter aspen swamp. All night, with luck, runners will be bringing packages downstream.

A. A rifle? Really? Worse, what's in the canister?

B. Instructions for D-day:

Expect signal Wednesday night. After dark, attach rope to tree. Be prepared to provide aid. Be vigilant. After all operatives have passed through, climb backyard wall, place incendiary canister against blind east side of your back-door neighbor's McMansion. Return home. Mount front roof with hose and rifle. Detonations will be simultaneous. Duck. Pick off escapees and hose down roof if necessary.

A. Incendiaries. Jesus Christ.

B. Blessent mon cœur d'une langueur monotone.


A. It was like a dream. Masked, pack-bearing ghosts appearing at a run in between the Olde Ancient Oaks ranch houses, swinging over the Newe Toll Brothers walls, pattering silently in amongst the McMansions. They didn't need my help. I had the scare of my life planting my canister, though. Heard a sound, twisted around, saw a white flash . . . it was my platinum-blonde next-door neighbor. Her husband disappeared last Christmas. I'm glad. The quisling. We waved as we hosed roofs and picked off escapees.

B. All honour and glory to you. Now get out. Reactionary forces converging.

A. The neighbour and I'll make a run for it. She's muscular, she fixes things, and she has a truck. All honour and glory to all of us. Happy 4th of July.

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About The Author

Theodore Irvin Silar

ted silar 200Among other pursuits, Theodore Irvin Silar has served variously in the capacities of bricklayer, auto worker, accountant, cab driver, teacher, historian, musician, composer, graphic artist, and writer. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Lehigh University and leads an interesting intellectual life.

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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 web 200Mark Webb's midlife crisis came in the form of attempting to write speculative fiction at a very slow pace. His wife maintains this is a good outcome considering the more expensive and cliched alternatives. Evidence of Mark's attempts to procrastinate in his writing, including general musings and reviews of books he has been reading, can be found at

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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, 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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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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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 <>

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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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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 <> 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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SF News

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Hugo Awards Nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards are open. The Hugos will be presented at Worldcon 76, 16-20 August 2018 San Jose USA <http:/>

Fan Funds Open for 2018

Both GUFF and DUFF have opened their races for 2018. Fan funds are a long tradition in SF fandom and a wonderful opportunity to connect with fans on the other side of the planet. DUFF:<> & GUFF: <>. More information and news at the <Australian Science Fiction Foundation>.

AntiSF Author Eugen M. Bacon Publishes Two New Anthologies

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

Dying & Other Stories, <>. Literary speculative fiction that offers up death. Dirges that cross genre.

Thirteen Wicked Tales, <>. 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.

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Upcoming Aussie Cons

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: <>

Conclave 3 — The The 39th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Easter Weekend, March to 2 April 2018, at the Surrey Hotel, Auckland. More information at <>

Speculate <> — Victorian literary festival that celebrates Fantasy and Science Fiction by bringing together Australia’s finest speculative writers for a day centred around the craft of writing. April 28 2018, Gasworks Theatre, Middle Park, Melbourne.

Supanova, Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman. Melbourne Show Ground 20-22 April. Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, 27-29 April: <>

Continuum XIV: Conjugation. Melbourne’s SF Convention. 8th – 11th June, 2018. More information: <>.

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: <>

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