The Stories

AntipodeanSF is devoted to 'down under' science/speculative fiction stories of about 500-1000 words or less.

Yet while its intent is in part to highlight and promote Australian/NZ writers (who are, after all, resident in the antipodes), the meaning of antipodean is not limited by the editor to a mere description of locality. Thus AntipodeanSF is open to submissions from anywhere in the world, as long as the story has a surprise ending, twists normal notions of SF/F/H upside-down, is especially humorous, takes an oblique perspective on otherwise 'normal' events, or attempts to subvert the foundations of Western capitalist ideology (for example).

At this time AntipodeanSF is an online and electronic-reader/audio publication. It rewards its writers with web-space for published stories and short biographies, and promotion via a weekly radio show and podcast (this includes links to the author's web pages; if any exist). All material accepted for publication in AntipodeanSF will remain online for approximately four weeks, and will be available as an audio podcast in the following month. Subsequently, all material is archived by the National Library of Australia (see below), and the audio may be aired at any future time on the Australian community radio network (CRN). Copyright is otherwise retained by the author/s at all times, although archiving at the NLA means that every published story will remain accessible in perpetuity on the net.

Material accepted for publication will not be altered or edited for online presentation without the consent of the author/s. Reprints, as long as they are about 500-1000 words, and subject to editing, will also be considered for publication.

All material first published in AntipodeanSF by Australian authors is eligible to be submitted to the convenors of the Australian Aurealis Awards to be considered for an award in its year of publication. Authors are encouraged to submit their work to the Awards after publication.

Similarly, Australian works will be indexed by Austlit <www.austlit.edu.au> for scholarly citation purposes, and listed at the Australian SF site.

AntipodeanSF is considered to be of 'cultural significance' here in Australia and it is archived at the National Library of Australia. You may view past issues by visiting the library's PANDORA pages on the Internet. <http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/10063>.

Material appearing in AntipodeanSF may converted into Braille by the Royal Blind Society so that blind readers might experience the pleasure of reading SF.

Material appearing in AntipodeanSF is converted into tablet, e-reader and mobile phone formats and be distributed via various other service providers so that it can be easily read by all SF lovers.

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Material appearing in AntipodeanSF is converted into audio format for distribution as a podcast/community radio broadcast under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives license.

Please note that the editor, Ion, is liable to make suggestions about how to make your story fit the theme of this website, or to improve it (in his subjective opinion). In other words, he might edit it. But please don't be afraid of that. Submit those stories. AntiSF needs them!

AntipodeanSF 'online' is firmly devoted to the shorter forms of SF. Therefore, all submissions must be of about five-hundred to one-thousand (500-1000) words or less. Longer works by authors with a publication history at AntipodeanSF will be considered for inclusion in the magazine, but these longer stories are still restricted to around 2000-3000 words. Please query the editor for more information, or to find out about the submission of longer items (which may be serialised across a number of issues).

Such dire restrictions on story size mean that character development and in-depth treatment of complex subjects are almost invariably precluded. In short-short (flash) stories such as those AntipodeanSF 'online' seeks, the idea is paramount.

Don't be fooled — writing fiction such as this is not as easy as it might seem — fewer words does not equal easier writing. Even so, AntipodeanSF urges you to take the challenge and "'ave a go".

Antipodean SF may also publish science-fact and science-fiction oriented cartoons, limericks, anecdotes, cryptic problems, rebuses and other 'trivia' of a shorter nature from time to time. Imagination and laconism are the keys to publication. But remember, our focus is on short-short stories.

Please do not submit more than one story at a time without seeking permission from the editor first (i.e. no multiple submissions).

Submissions are collected once or twice per week, and will be acknowledged soon after receipt. AntipodeanSF does not accept submissions via snail-mail on deceased trees.

AntipodeanSF will occasionally publish an anthology of material gathered from the best of the stories that have appeared on-line. These books will be available 'on-demand'. AntipodeanSF in itself will remain a non-profit entity, and aims only to promote excellent short-short speculative fiction. Longer works of fiction may also be published in future anthologies, but submission for that purpose will be restricted to those who have had stories published online by AntipodeanSF.

Don't forget — have fun! And keep them around 500 - 1000 words.

All queries and submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a file attachment preferably in Rich Text Format (RTF) or MS Word (DOC) or (DOCX).

 

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AntiSF & The ASFF

AntipodeanSF supports the ASFF

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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.

<https://asff.org.au>

The AntipodeanSF Radio Show

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 273

A Farewell to the Best Friend
By Alexander Iurvetski

A Morning with Grey Clouds
By Swylmar S. Ferreira - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

A Winged Bug's Pain
By Sele Hanakusa - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

Christmas Cheer
By Stephanie Koorey

Microscopic Love
By João Ventura

Searcher
By Scott Steensma

Storm
By Tim Borella

The Author
By Chris Karageorge

The Heart
By Ovidiu Bufnilă

The Price of a Manospondylus Sandwich
By Wes Parish

AntipodeanSF May 2021

ISSUE 272

Speculative Fiction
Downside-Up
ISSN 1442-0686

Online Since Feb 1998

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AntiSF's Narration Team

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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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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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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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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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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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 <https://garrydean.wordpress.com>

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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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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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The AntipodeanSF Radio Show

AntiSF Radio Show

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 broadcast episode online here: http://antisf.libsyn.com 

SF Quote

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

The Contributors

emma louise gillEmma Louise Gill is a British-Australian spec-fic writer of flash fiction and short stories.

She writes most genres (except horror, since the real world is scary enough).

Currently querying her first novel, a space opera.

She likes cats, coffee, and computers that don’t break.

Emma lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her hubby and two kids.

You can read more stories on her blog at <www.emmalouisegill.com>.

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ashley cracknell 200Ashley Cracknell is an Irish-Australian writer who lives in Sydney.

His short fiction has featured in the Honest Ulsterman and two University of Sydney Student Anthologies.

He has also dabbled in editing, for ARNA.

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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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Len BaglowDreams of worlds that might be, and the clash that brings them into existence.

In past lives he was a policy advocate in Canberra and an environmental activist in Queensland.

In awe of such great Australian SF authors as Glenda Larke, Garth Nix, Trudi Canarvan and Kate Forsythe, he dares to dabble in the arcane art.

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myna changMyna Chang writes flash and short stories in a variety of genres.

Her speculative fiction has been featured in Best Indie Speculative Fiction 2020, Daily Science Fiction, Antipodean SF, Mad Scientist Journal, and Twist in Time, among others.

She is the winner of the Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction for 2020.

Read more at <MynaChang.com> or find her on Twitter at <@MynaChang>.

S.A. McKenzie lives on one of the better-looking islands of New Zealand, in the earthquake-ravaged ruins of Christchurch.

After surviving more than 12,000 aftershocks she has become adept at estimating the exact magnitude of any quake based on the amount of coffee spilled.

She writes offbeat and blackly humorous science fiction and fantasy stories featuring time travelling rabbits, carnivorous unicorns and man-eating subway trains, because someone has to speak up for these misunderstood creatures.

Find her online at <www.hedgehogcircus.com>.

sculpture reiff 200AE Reiff has two recent collections, The True Light That Lights @ Parousia Reads, and Recon @ Trainwreck Press.

 

Tony Owens is an ESL teacher living in Brisbane with his wife and son.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies In Fabula-Divino, Zombies Ain’t Funny,18, Darkest Depths and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 2017’s Best Stories.

He is a proud member of the Vision Writers Group and his ultimate ambition is to find the literary sweet-spot between H.P. Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse.

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Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of two novels: The Greer Agency & A Felony of Birds. He has written dozens of short stories many of which are available on line at <quantummuse.com>. He is the author of many children’s books including At The Robot ZooMoonRivet Saves His Skin and An Alphabet Book of Bugs available in print from

CreateSpace and as ebooks for Nook & Kindle. You can find links to his writings here: <harristobias-fiction.blogspot.com>

simon petrie 200Simon Petrie, born and educated in New Zealand, now lives in the Australian Capital Territory, where he is paid to be careful with words.

He's had a few stories published before, both in AntipodeanSF and elsewhere. He has been shortlisted several times for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards, and is a three-time Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, most recently in 2018 for his SF/crime novella Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body.

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