The Stories

By Elizabeth Kovacs

sfgenreThey come after dark.

Only when my waking eyes flicker shut do they open theirs — smiles stretching their lips taut as their limbs elongate and their forms bubble up to size.

Only then do they gaze down at my sleeping form, wonderment blossoming on their faces. They are the good ones; wispy white forms that hang onto the edge of my dreamstate vision. They dance around the room, handling objects with grace — making them float and fly through the air.

By David Scholes


The first inkling was an announcement on the Citizen Communication channel — the only free-to-air channel left for people like me: the government urging us to check bank account balances. I guessed it was yet another Russo-Chinese mass scam, maybe infiltrating the Citizen Channel as they had infiltrated everything else. Still I checked it out.

By Andy McGee

sfgenreSuzi loved working at the isolation laboratories at Davenport on the south coast of Yorke Peninsula. It was a designated location for one of Australia’s intended nuclear-fusion power plants, but to date was simply a series of laboratories and housing for research scientists. Currently power was provided by a solar farm and batteries — and water came from a local desal station.

Suzi worked as a geochemist, studying the biodegradation of oils in situ.

By Mark Tremble

sfgenre‘Joe, have you brought your crystal?’ she asked.

‘Uh, no, I didn’t know we had to. I signed up late,’ he replied.

‘Perfectly acceptable. We’ll just have you re-enter the forest. You can select one from the provider there.’

‘Will I have to pay anything because I already —’

By Monica Carroll


I wrap the cold toast in a piece of fresh paper. They can do a drawing on the packaging after they’ve eaten. Sometimes I dream of getting a card in the mail. A home-made job with a scratchy zebra drawn in charcoal on the front. I don’t know how much Australian they’ve got, but a thank you inside couldn’t be too hard to muster.

Truck’s in Dave, says the intercom.

By Tim Train

sfgenreShe walked in the shop in a polka dot dress,
And a hat made of twenty house bricks;
She ordered a coffee, with sugar, I said?
And she stunned me with several kicks —
My dream girl.

By Wes Parish

sfgenreThe beginning of this tragedy is simple. About ten years ago my husband Rodrigo was killed while repairing some elements of the forward shield array. His body was never recovered. My friend Louise's husband Sam was also killed a few days later in the tokamak shielding refractor when the magnetic shielding bent for a few seconds. He was vaporised.

So Louise was widowed with a young son, Kenneth, and I was left widowed with a young daughter, Cher.

By Jefferson Retallack

sfgenreMum makes me promise to never go to Dad’s during the week. “He’s a busy man,” she says.

Him? Yeah right. He can never tell me what he’s been up to when I ask. We see him every second Friday.

“You know the drill,” Mum always says. “You and your brother get home from school, take the bags I pack for you — nothing else — and get on the bus that I tell you to.

By Brenda Anderson

sfgenreFour droplets glided into The Alien Nutcracker. Proprietor Navi bowed low.

They quivered. “Sir, we seek your help. We’re battling a lifelong instability.”

Navi sighed. He always got the weird ones. “Guys, I import exotic nuts.”

“Of course. Our problem is exotic, even existential.”

By Ed Errington

sfgenreIn a far distant galaxy on the colony of New Australia, a scientific research project that took years to complete finally matures, thanks to the concerted efforts of its eminent scientists. On Sydnember the fifty-first, capsules of black, dark, bright and funky humour are transported to secret warehouses in large, sealed containers. Such is the degree of government secrecy that heavy loads of refined humour are despatched under the cover of darkness. The drivers are sworn to secrecy on pains of harsh punishment should they tell anyone, particularly the media, about their deliveries. The threat proves unnecessary as the drivers do not know what they are carrying.

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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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A Taste For Salt
by Noel Osualdini

Better Ballers
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First Choice
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Forever In Time
by Shane O'Halloran

Frozen Moments, Stolen Out Of Time
by George Nikolopoulos

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by Bart Meehan

The Last Word
by Roger Ley

The Tower
by Mathew Nelson

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by Simon R. Gardner

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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.

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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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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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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 (YA/ Fantasy — available now) and White Fire (Sci Fi — available now)

You can read more of her work on her blog Look for her on Facebook <> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

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Carolyn's work spans devising, performance, theatre-in-education and a collaborative visual art practice.

She tours children's works to schools nationally with School Performance Tours, is a member of the Bathurst physical theatre ensemble Lingua Franca and one half of darkroom — a visual arts practice with videographer Sean O'Keeffe.

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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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