The Stories

By James R. Coffey

sfgenreThe Accounts Clerk Grade II sat quietly in his desk chair, spinning in circles, waiting for the next missive to arrive. When it did he would remove it from the pneumatic tube in which it arrived and place it inside pneumatic tube #9 to be sent off. This was his job. Eight hours a day, five days a week. He was never told what function this served.

Though this wasn't the job he'd envisioned for himself, he never complained. Other clerks with the same education made a fraction of what he did. And all he had to do was remove missives from one tube and send them off in another. Piece of proverbial cake.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreIsobel aimed a desultory kick at the corpse blocking the stalled automatic doors of the Saf-T-Mart. It emitted a brief miasma of unpleasant gas. The fruits of decay. This was one customer who would not be welcomed to the ultimate shopping experience, despite the exhortations of the battered sign in the front window.

Stepping over the body, she scanned the aisles quickly. Anything that had been edible was long gone but Isobel was looking for something other than food. Towards the rear of the store there was a small raised counter where prescriptions had been dispensed before it all went to hell.

By Robbie Sheerin

sfgenreThe two brothers sauntered home from the movie theatre as the sun set over the sleepy California suburb, the warmth from the sun left their faces, leaving them feeling cool in the August night. Charlie’s pockets were stuffed with candy as he couldn’t eat anymore. One sugar high was enough for one day. The candy corn and Gobstoppers had sent him over the edge. Charlie was nine years old and like many boys his age, his eyes were always bigger than his stomach.

“Those aliens in the movie were awesome weren’t they? Do you think they have candy on alien planets?” Charlie said.

By KJ Hannah Greenberg

sfgenreDear class, outlandishly, during antiquity, grown humans taught immature ones. There existed no algorithms that enabled superior contrivances to respond, unsupervised, to peoples’ complexities. That epoch was primitive.

During that dark span, no computers projected data onto trainees’ notebooks, read their writing, or provided feedback for their work. That era’s electronic brains were merely “typewriters.” They were only capable of printing, erasing, and filing. Therefore, rough-hewn biological entities, not grander equipment, served as the planet’s trainers.

By Elizabeth Broadbent

sfgenreIt’s a handy trick: Abuela’s medicine costs this much money, and so each family member must pick this many peppers. But numbers spread outward, bloom and grow: this picking must account for Carlos’ smoke breaks and that money for his Jax cigarettes; Juan will slow down sometime in afternoon’s hot haze and Elana cannot pick as fast as Cielo. But as their rusty pickup bumps down some white man’s dirt road, he says to each: we need this much and so we must pick this much and you and you and you and you, here is your quota. They nod. Benito always knows the answer.

By Chris Gladstone

sfgenreThe paperwork complete, my shock overcome by belief that my dad wouldn’t have done anything frivolous or upsetting, I had come to the Eternity Library. I hoped it would be the first of many visits. If it was as convincing as I’d been led to believe by Dad’s lawyers and the library staff, I would come back with my daughter, Ella.

I put on my VR glasses and stepped through the door into a virtual Kings Park. Directly in front of me, on a green garden seat sat my dad with his back turned.

By Tee Linden

sfgenreGloom settles thick beneath the small dome of her antiquated bunker. Outside, the green sky grumbles hungrily. The oncoming storm season will smother the clustered bunkers with hurricane winds, choking sandstorms and rapturous lightning. The solar lights will go dark and she’s made peace with the idea that she won’t see them bright again.

She’s alone at her worktable.

By Andrew Dunn

sfgenrePart Two:

Ehsan jolted awake as the bus transitioned from dirt road to flat concrete. Before the spaceport was constructed the road, itself once an artery of empires, had been dirt its entire length. Ehsan daydreamed souls of ancient traders making their way along its path to and from Marjand, and further out on the plain, horseback warriors charging forward under colours that no longer flew from staff or mast.

Ahead, spacecraft loomed like monoliths tethered to skeletal launch towers adorned with colossal, painted murals of Tamerlane, mounted men, and ancestral life on the steppes. As the bus drew closer to its destination, Ehsan made out faint depictions in the murals’ painted skies of scientists who devised rockets and methods to extract water from beneath the moon’s crust – past and future rendered coexistent on blast-resistant canvases.

By John Bohr

sfgenreAs the ferry had made the crossing from the mainland, I’d imagined lighthouses speaking in winks to one other across the treacherous Backstairs Passage.

Other languages were spoken at Cape Willoughby. The language of the sky, the measurements of rainwater gauge and anemometer, and Sandy had shown me where the signal flags were kept.

By Ranju Mamachan

sfgenreWhen I was about sixteen, I fell down the hole in my house and found a landlocked ocean that does not show on any maps. I told no one except a handful of colourful friends. Every few minutes I would get, I would climb down the hole with my flashlight to gaze at the underground ocean. Sometimes it was a fight against death because the scariest creatures would jump out of the water to rip my hand off and take the flashlight for themselves. You see, a flashlight is kind of a big deal in an ocean which has never seen light.

In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 290

A Tonic for the Lonely
By Chris Karageorge

Alien Artifacts
By Harris Tobias

Bacon and Eggs
By Bryan Keon-Cohen

Didn't We Almost Have It All
By Jason Bentsman

Goblin Hunter
By Joseph Sullivan

The Mushroom
By Maks Sipowicz

The Woman
By Elizabeth Broadbent

Time Capsule
By Umiyuri Katsuyama - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

Turning on the Light
By John Bohr

Too Many Robots
By Alexy Dumenigo - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

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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.

“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.


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

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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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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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 erringtonEd lives with his wife plus a magical assortment of native animals in tropical North Queensland.

His efforts at wallaby wrangling are without parallel — at least in this universe.

He enjoys reading and writing science-fiction stories set within intriguing, yet plausible contexts, and invite readers’ “willing suspension of disbelief.”

He believes stories might also contain an element of humour — however small — to enrich the plot and/or heighten the drama.

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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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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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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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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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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 <>.


tim borellaTim Borella is an Australian author, mainly of short speculative fiction published in anthologies, online and in podcasts.

He’s also a songwriter, and has been fortunate enough to have spent most of his working life doing something else he loves, flying.

Tim lives with his wife Georgie in beautiful Far North Queensland. For more information, visit his Tim Borella – Author Facebook page.angle mic

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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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.

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The Contributors

ranju mamachan 200Ranju Mamachan is on the run from the Indian police for habitually appearing at private brothels, uninvited, inebriated, and dressed as Santa Claus for some reason. He usually arrives in a sledge being pulled by six dalmatians dressed as reindeers and then immediately begins the attempt to climb the chimney whilst shouting, “HOHOHO.”

When Ranju Mamachan is not shopping for antler-look-alikes on e-bay or training his neighbor's dalmatians, he is working on his long sci-fi novel which he hopes will win him the Booker Prize but won’t complain even if it’s only the Nobel Prize.

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robbie sheerin 200 2Robbie Sheerin was born in Scotland but now lives in the USA.

He writes short stories in his spare time and has been published in various online and paperback literacy magazines.

He is a fan of classic sci-fi, and such writers as Bradbury, Asimov, Heinlein, and Silverberg.

He is the author of the book, Tales From Another Dimension; A Sci-fi Collection. Available on Amazon. 

Robbie can be reached at his website: <>

elizabeth broadbent 200During her MFA in fiction, Elizabeth Broadbent was a top-ten finalist in William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award's novel-in-progress category; in the same year, her novella placed as a semifinalist.

After having children, she turned to nonfiction; her essays have appeared The Washington Post, Insider, and Time; a six-year staff writer for Scary Mommy, the largest parenting site on the web, Broadbent wrote about everything from chestfeeding to true crime. 

Her speculative prose poetry has appeared in Bewildering Stories and Down in the Dirt

john bohr 200John Bohr grew up in Sydney, Australia, with an unhealthy fascination for funnelweb spiders and steam engines.

Although writing under a pseudonym tempts him to claim he is an intelligence officer, an ex-submarine captain who took a cuttlefish to the knee, or an astronaut who was experimented on as a child, he is unfortunately a white collar worker with an unimaginative employer.

This is his first published story. @SoBohring


jamesrcoffey 200A graduate of University of South Florida, James is a behavioral scientist with degrees in psychology and anthropology.

He is a writer of both fact and fiction and his work appears regularly in numerous professional journals as well as featured in the pages of magazines such as Fate, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and will be seen in the September installment of Close to the Bone.

He is also founder of James R. Coffey Writing Services and Resource Center.


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Callan J. Mulligan’s first published piece was a poem about dragons — he was five years old. Since then, he hopes he has improved as a writer.

Working in call centres and marketing agencies, he spent his spare time writing music, creative non-fiction, and ideas for epic novels. At the age of 29 he wrote his debut novella, A Mind of His Own. It received critical acclaim and nominations for several literary awards.

His recent novel, Astraeus, broke into amazon's bestselling science-fiction lists, alongside titles such as James SA Corey's The Expanse, and Frank Herbert's Dune. The sequel is due for release in early 2023.

You can learn more — and get a free book, from <>


andrew dunn 200Andrew writes science-fiction and fantasy from the state of Maryland on the eastern coast of the United States, often drawing ideas from jogs through forest trails at sunrise or a tasty beer at sunset. 

Andrew writes each story with the goal of giving readers something they will enjoy, without relying on the typical, predictable, or cliche'. His work has previously appeared in AntipodeanSF, 365 Tomorrows, and soon Daily Science Fiction

When Andrew isn't writing chances are he's playing guitar or bass, exploring abandoned places, or spending quality time with a bulldog. Andrew hopes you enjoy this story, and he will continue to try and write stories that you'll love to read! 

tee linden 200xTee Linden is a writer based south of Sydney.

Her work was longlisted for the 2019 Richell Prize and her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Margaret River Press, Deadset Press, PS Publishing and various literary magazines.

Find more of her writing at <>


I began writing in 2011 using speech recognition software. My first story 'What If’ was published in ‘AntipodeanSF’ in Jan 2012. My short story ‘Serratoria’ appeared in the ‘AntipodeanSF 250’ anthology in 2019. I am currently working on a sequel titled ‘Return to Serratoria’

I enjoy the creativity of writing and my stories reflect my passions, namely science, nature, and all things science fiction.

I am a senior citizen, and live in Western Australia with my husband. 

 My Science Fiction novel, 'Upload', was published in 2018. For more details and a complete list of my stories go to my website at <>


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 <>


kevinjphyland 200Old enough to just remember the first manned Moon landing, Kevin was so impressed he made science his life.

Retired now from teaching he amuses himself by reading, writing, following his love of weather and correcting people on the internet.

He’s been writing since his teens and hopes he will one day get it right.

He can be found on twitter @KevinPhyland where he goes by the handle of CaptainZero and his work is around the place if you search using google or use the archive.


kj hannah greenberg 200KJ Hannah Greenberg has been playing with words for an awfully long time. Initially a rhetoric professor and a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, she shed her academic laurels to romp around with a prickle of imaginary hedgehogs.

Thereafter, she's been nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. To boot, Hannah’s had more than three dozen books published and has served as an editor for several literary journals.

Find out more at her website: <>.