The Stories

By Wes Parish

sfgenreIt was 2059, the year I left Yarralumla Primary and went to Deakin High, that the craze for bushmeat swept the globe. All the world saw a grinning US President Goodluck Reagan slice a gorilla roast at the summit banquet with the Chinese Premier. Apparently the zoos had mastered the art of captive ape breeding, and had more great apes than they knew what to do with. Everybody had to have a slice of the craze. It started at the top, and like blood from a cut artery, trickled downwards.

By Michael T. Schaper

sfgenreThe burglar stared down at the ruins of the old mansion in the valley. His heart jumped with excitement, and he took a moment to congratulate himself.

It really does take a thief to catch a thief, he noted drily. Old sayings often had a surprising degree of truth in them: around this part of the world, no one else had even the vaguest idea that the building really existed.

By Ariel Braago

sfgenreReen waits just like everybody else. It’s the first big new thing in ages — and ages means like ages and ages. Eh can hardly restrain ehself. Everyone’s excited, even eh’s family. Eh is sure there are thousands of them scattered throughout the universe. But who cares anyway? Eh doesn’t.

Eh is excited and excited is a rare and valuable commodity, or so Reen used to say when eh was old, but now Reen is young again eh’s values have changed, of course. Everybody knew that would happen.

By George Nikolopoulos

sfgenreBreathe, little greel. Carbon trioxide is good for you.

Love your pasha and your misha, but spare a thought for your grusha, too. I'll tell you this — well, your misha thinks you're still a hatchling and too young to know about such things, but we know better than that, don't we? — the pasha provides the sperm, the misha lays the egg, but it's me that took up your egg and carried it inside me for six months.

By Matthew Harrison

sfgenreHere in the Electoral Registration Office (Policy Section), you got some interesting assignments, Kevin mused. Like this one. He read the header in his Inbox — ‘Application from a small city’.

“Here, look at this!” he called to fellow analyst Sabina, although with the holo in front of them there was hardly need to call. Sabina was intrigued too, and together they flipped through the summary parts of the application, noting the terse, ‘Trash it!’ from the scowling icon of Marty, their boss.

By Nick Clark

sfgenreThe keyboard rattled like artillery as Abaddon ensnared the Make-Beast in his mind. He strove to give it form, but Xalvador’s crying filled the dank basement, and Abaddon’s Craft slipped; his dark purpose faltered. He began again. If he drew it down, made the invocation work, the Make-Beast could protect them both, and he’d escape his former masters, the Incantavi.

Not now Xalvador. Please.

No use. Xalvador would just have to cry. They knew he’d stolen the boy, their vessel, and they wouldn’t abide that, so Abaddon needed to concentrate. Had to type, to get it all down.

By Rob Riel

sfgenreJohannes owns what may be the world’s last unopened 1 kg packet of Minties. He can’t be absolutely certain, of course. Untold billions were produced, beginning in 1922, and while they don’t stay fresh forever, they remain edible for quite some time. Decades, at least. But production stopped in January 2021, just one year before the centenary of the patenting of Minties, when Nestlé/Allens files for bankruptcy.

By Andrew Kozma

sfgenreAnd then there was the day the doors stopped working.

Though, technically, they still worked. They opened. They closed. When you passed under the head jamb, you entered a new place. It separated your home from the outside, your office from the hallway, your hallway from the bathroom.

The problem was that now the place changed every time you opened the door.

By Griffyn Goodall

sfgenreIt truly is a cruel thing, hindsight — leaving your mind seething with the bitter taste of regret, and the simple, desperate wish of wanting to go back and have a second chance. But I have learnt that as desperate as one may be, the ability to redo one’s actions is not necessarily a blessing. Some things just can’t be fixed.

It started with one mission entrusted to me.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreWe’re going back ... again. Time travel worked out ... in a way. It turned out that the Many Worlds hypothesis is right. Every small change affects everything else in the upstream timeline. Which basically means that every change you make is in a different Universe to the one you leave from ... and return to. And that’s a lot of Universes ... so ... you get back home ... where nothing has changed.

The usual order of business is assassination ... start out early.

AntiSF & The ASFF

AntipodeanSF supports the ASFF

asff col

Please visit the ASFF website and consider joining for up-to-date info about Australian SF cons, awards, competitions, and to receive the Foundation's newsletter, Instrumentality, and more.

<http://asff.org.au>

About AntipodeanSF

Download AntiSF E-Book

Epub version: 

Kindle version: 

The AntipodeanSF Radio Show

In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 225

A Chip In Time
by Garry Dean

Election Day
by Lee S. Hawke

Five Characters In Joyful Masks
by Robert David

Lament To A Barman
by Susan Cornford

Live Long & Whatever
by Wes Parish

Out Of Time
by Chris Cole

Symbiotic
by C.A. Clark

The Most Powerful Man On Earth Is An Alien
by David Scholes

Playground
by Maria Arena

Trojan Crocodile
by DW Walker

Get Dimension 6

D6sidebar

Get Dimension 6 Speculative Fiction

From Coeur De Lion Publishing

Here at AntiSF
Download D6 Now!

"Trust me, you want this free speculative fiction e-zine."
(Rob Hood)

AntiSF March 2017

AntipodeanSF

ISSUE 224

Speculative Fiction
Downside-Up
ISSN 1442-0686

Online Since Feb 1998

rocket crux 2 75

Radio Show Schedule

Triangulum Galaxy: March 4

Mr Bensen — by Zeb Carter
Raising Ghosts By Way Of Japan — by Matt Thompson
Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 1)

 

Ursa Minor Dwarf: March 11

Trusts Is A Hand Full Of Sand — by Laurie Bell
The Patent Office — by Kevin J. Phyland
Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 2)

 

Virgo A: March 18

Selfie — by Harris Tobias
The City — by Mark Tremble
Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 3)

 

Whirlpool Galaxy: March 25

It's About Time, Sport — by Brent, Ben, & Dean Lillie
Life — by Natalie J.E. Potts
Panel presentation "Of Men & Monsters", at Contact 2016 — Grace Dugan (Moderator), Robert Hood, Jason Nahrung, Kaaron Warren, Liss Caldwell (part 4)

 

2NVR - Nambucca Valley Radio

20:30 EADST — every Saturday

 

Live Stream 2NVR Here

The AntipodeanSF Radio Show Podcast

antipod-show-50The AntipodeanSF Radio Show delivers audio from the pages of this magazine.

The weekly program features the stories from recently published issues, usually narrated by the authors themselves.

Listen to the latest episode now:

The AntipodeanSF Radio Show is also broadcast on community radio, 2NVR, 105.9FM every Saturday evening at 8:30pm.

You can find every episode online here: http://antisf.libsyn.com 

SF News From The ASFF

Ditmar Awards
Nominations are now open. If you have been active in fandom over the last year (and you are given you are a member of the ASFF) you can nominate works for the awards. The Ditmars are presented by the Australian National Science Fiction Convention; this year Continuum 13 Triskaidekaphilia is the Aussie Natcon. Details about the Ditmars and how to nominate can be found on their website. A list of eligible works can be found here.

Aurealis Awards 2016 Short List
The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), organisers of the 2016 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards. Winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Friday 14 April, 2017 as part of the Swancon 42 convention. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website will be available soon.

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

 

CON 80: The Ultimate 1980s Sci-Fi Experience will be held at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Victoria from 11-13 March 2017. More information at: <http://www.con80.com/>

SWANCON 42 will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, from 13-17 April 2017. (The Easter Weekend). The Guests of Honour will be Wesley Chu, Traci Harding, Douglas Adams (in Memoriam) and Davina Watson. More information at: <https://2017.swancon.com.au/>

CONTINUUM 13: TRISKAIDEKAPHILIA will be held in Melbourne from 9-12 June 2017. (Jasper Hotel, Melbourne) It will also be the 57th Australian Natcon. The Guest of Honour will be Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. More information will become available at: <http://continuum.org.au/>

Starwalking — 40th Birthday Gala Dinner. Celebrating 40 years of Star Wars. 3 June 2017, Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. <http://www.starwalking.net/40th-birthday-banquet.html>

Supanova — Melbourne April 28-30 2017, Melbourne Showgrounds. Guest David Boreanaz For more information <http://www.supanova.com.au/>

Oz Comicon —  Perth March 25-26 2017 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Adelaide 1-2 April, Adelaide Showgrounds. <http://www.ozcomiccon.com/>

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

S5 Box

Login Form

S5 Register

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.

SF Quote

I have been a sore-headed occupant of a file drawer labelled ''Science Fiction'' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.