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AntipodeanSF Issue 279
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by Edwina Harvey

Tony Plank was a computer programmer, web designer, SF writer, active member of the Australian SF community and an all-round good guy.

I first got to know Tony on-line via the Eidolist where he, Ted Scribner and I would often break into puns and light banter when the serious discussion got a bit heavy. Tony ran the Inkspillers website which (in 2010) offered over 250 listings on Spec Fic magazines, anthologies, editors, publishers, conventions, bookshops and awards. Later he ran a splinter website on the Ditmar Awards.

Inkspillers was nominated for Ditmar Awards in the “Best Fan Production” category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Tony became interested in SF while at school and started writing SF while attending London Uni. He’d been writing on-and-off for over 40 years by then. He was inspired by a lecturer who said, “Easy reading calls for hard writing”.

During his writing career, he had many short stories published on Antipodean SF, as well as AustrAlien Absurdities and AGOG! anthologies. His story, ‘Nine Weeks a King’ published in Aurealis #104 was possibly his last published story.

Writing as Anthony Plank, his novel ‘Rovid Moves’ about a civilization who realise their sun is dying and they have to either move their whole race to another system many light years away or perish, is (for the moment) still available through Barnes and Noble, Kindle and Kobo.

Tony wasn’t one for attending SF cons. I only met him a couple of times at Melbourne SF cons. Tony took Ted and Ros Scribner and I to lunch once where he entertained us with stories from his RAF days. I thought, “There’s a man with an interesting book in him. He should be writing all of this down.” I don’t know if he ever did or not.

Tony suffered a stroke late in 2017. I phoned his rehab ward and spoke to he and his wife, Liz last Christmas Day. Though he seemed to be recovering, he suffered another stroke a few weeks later. He passed away peacefully on 21 March, 2018, a month shy of his 82nd birthday (if my maths is correct).

A kind, fun-loving man, he contributed a lot to the Aus SF scene and will be sadly missed.

(Thanks to James Allen, Jon Swabey and Ion Newcombe for their assistance in composing this.) Edwina Harvey.

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Tony Plank was a solid contributor to the early issues of AntipodeanSF. His stories were always fun to read, and often with surpising endings. We have also featured a number of Tony's stories in the AntiSF radio show in our "Flashback" series.

Here is a full list of Tony's much-appreciated contributions:

  • Issue 4: “The Brukalin Bureau of Economic Development”
  • Issue 6: “Fluebot”
  • Issue 10: “Mind Over Matter”
  • Issue 20: “Ark To Nowhere”
  • Issue 28: “Sucking Eggs”
  • Issue 43: “Me Go Boom...You Go Boom”
  • Issue 61: “Paradise Found”

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AntiSF's Production Crew

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.

“Nuke”, who it turns out loves editing more than writing, lives in the New South Wales North Coast holiday destination of Nambucca Heads, where he is self-employed in IT training, computer support, desktop publishing, editing, writing, and website implementation. He is also the resident tech-head, skeptic, and board member of community radio station 2NVR, where he produces a number of shows including The AntipodeanSF Radio Show.

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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 www.markwebb.name.

One of Mark’s very best forms of writing procrastination is to produce the eBook series for AntipodeanSF, which he has been doing since issue 175.

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In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 280

Atmospheric
By Michael Leach

Diplo
By Tony Steven Williams

Free Market
By Botond Teklesz

Groupie
By Col Hellmuth

I Am Sorrow
By R.E. Diaz

Kayla
By KJ Hannah Greenberg

Sleight of Hand
By Ishmael A. Soledad

The Future of SF (The Image Manipulator)
By S.R. Malone

Meat
By Chris Karageorge

To Dwell Forever
By R.H. Stevens

scifaiku
By PS Cottier

AntipodeanSF December 2021

ISSUE 279

Speculative Fiction
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ISSN 1442-0686

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AntiSF's Narration Team

sarah pratt 200Sarah Pratt is an avid fiction writer and a Marketing Consultant.

She is currently working on her first novel but loves diving into short stories to bring a little lightness, intrigue or humour to the day.

Her work has appeared in Sponge Magazine and The Commuting Book.

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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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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.

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geraldine borella 200Geraldine Borella writes adult short stories and stories for children and has been published in anthologies for both. In 2018, one of her children’s short stories placed second in The Buzz Words Short Story Prize and she won an ASA Emerging Writer’s Mentorship. She currently works part-time as a hospital pharmacist and as an online creative writing tutor.

She’s fascinated by stories that expand upon today’s technology, addressing the moral and ethical issues that might arise. Equally, she enjoys the creative freedom that writing for children allows. Right now, she’s writing a young adult novel, reworking a middle grade novel and writing adult short stories when inspiration strikes. She lives with her husband, Tim, in Yungaburra, Far North Queensland and dreams of one day taking a European gap year.

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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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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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ed erringtonAlthough a writer of the baby boom persuasion, Ed has not boomed for quite a while.

He lives with his wife plus a menagerie of non-domesticated — native Australian animals intropical North Queensland.

His writing within the ‘real’ science fiction context of COVID-19 is intermingled by long night sky vigils — searching for pesky aliens intent on maintaining their social distance to the nth degree.

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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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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 and The Tiger's Eye (YA/Fantasy) White Fire (Sci-Fi) and The Good, the Bad and the Undecided (a unique collection of short stories set during the events of White Fire/Sci-Fi). 

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

Rambles, writing and amusing musings

Smile! laugh out loud! enjoy the following

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alistair lloyd 200Alistair Lloyd is a Melbourne based writer and narrator who has been consuming good quality science fiction and fantasy most of his life.

You may find him on Twitter as <@mr_al> and online at <alistairlloyd.com>.

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The Contributors

catherine rookwood 200Catherine Rockwood lives in Massachusetts with her family.

She reviews fiction for Strange Horizons and reads for Reckoning Magazine.

You can find her poems in Contrary Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, Moist Poetry Journal, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and elsewhere.

A poetry chapbook, "Endeavors To Obtain Perpetual Motion", is forthcoming from the Ethel Zine Press in 2022.

eric farrell 200Eric Farrell hails from Long Beach, California, where he works as a beer vendor by day, and speculative fiction author by night.

His writing credits stem from a career in journalism, where he reported for a host of local and metro newspapers including the OC Register, Patch.com, and the Grunion Gazette.

He has fiction coming in Pulp Modern, Gutslut Press, and Savage Planets.

His website is <stygianspace.com>.

G. A Thresh is a student, residing in the hunter region of New South Wales.

His interests include history, walking up medium sized hills, painting tiny things and sushi.He enjoys writing speculative and historical fiction, because he spends far too much time thinking about space travel not to.

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Harris Coverley has short fiction published or forthcoming in Hypnos, The Periodical, Forlorn, The Centropic Oracle, and Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, amongst many others.

A former Rhysling nominee, he also has verse in Polu Texni, California Quarterly, Star*Line, Spectral Realms, Scifaikuest, Corvus Review, Better Than Starbucks, The Oddville Press, and elsewhere.

He lives in Manchester, England.

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Rebecca Douglas is a writer based in Adelaide, Australia whose work spans fiction, feature articles, and essays.

Her words have appeared in Overland, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Kill Your Darlings, Visible Ink, Verandah Journal, The Big Issue, ABC The Drum, and various other lovely places.

She's on Twitter and Instagram as <@becksandthecity>.

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kristina saccone 200Kristina T. Saccone crafts flash fiction and creative nonfiction.

Her work has appeared in 365 Tomorrows, The Bangor Literary Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, and Unearthed, and she curates Flash Roundup, featuring the latest releases in flash fiction.

Find her on Twitter at <@kristinasaccone> or haunting small independent bookstores in the Washington, DC, area.

Chad has a B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

His fiction has appeared in Farther Stars Than These, Larks Fiction Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, Verdad Magazine, and AntipodeanSF.

chris karageorge 200Chris Karageorge is a lover, brother, son, neighbour and a keen observer of all things in sight. 

He reads, writes and cooks in his spare time and dreams of coffee darker than a moonless night. 

He is from Melbourne, Victoria and can be found walking his pug Monty during the weekends.

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ps cottier 200PS Cottier is a poet who lives in Canberra, with a particular interest in speculative poetry.

She has been published widely at home and in Canada, England, New Zealand and the USA.

Two of her horror poems were finalists in the Australian Shadows Awards for 2020. Her latest books are Monstrous, which is a volume of speculative poems, and Utterly, which is non-genre.

PS Cottier is the Poetry Editor at The Canberra Times and blogs at <https://pscottier.com>

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Wesley Parish is an SF fan from early childhood. Born in PNG, he enjoys reading about humans in strange cultures and circumstances; his favourite SF authors include Ursula Le Guin, Fritz Lieber, Phillip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Frank Herbert. He lives in Christchurch, NZ, is an unemployed Java and C programmer, and has recently decided to become a mad ukuleleist, flautist and trombonist, and would love to revert to being the mad fiddler and pedal steel guitarist..  "Where oh where has my little pedal steel got to ... ?"

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nicholas sheppard 150x150Nick Sheppard is a software engineer and academic based in Wollongong, New South Wales.

He has read science fiction and fantasy since encountering "The Hobbit" in primary school, but later found himself writing tedious research articles at a university.

For lighter reading, he’s published fiction in AntipodeanSF and SciPhiJournal, and non-fiction in Aurealis and Cockatrice.

His novella "Machines" is now available from Smashwords.

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