AntipodeanSF Issue 308

By Michael T Schaper

The start of spring, wasn’t it? Fantastic!

The vampire Dracuul von Humboldt III couldn’t help but feel a little excited when the alarm clock woke him from his extended hibernation. Tonight was an important date, he recalled, something that every creature of the dark usually made a special note of. But he couldn’t recall why.

The 400-year-old leaned over and silenced the ringer bell, stretched leisurely and yawned.

A moment’s silence, and then the bell on the old but trusty clock started to buzz loudly again. He sighed and stopped it once more.

Something prodded at the back of his mind. What was it?

Then he realised it was the first week of October, not September. So spring was already well underway. Wasn’t he a silly little lord of the darkness?

Still, he couldn’t help but give a small growl of excitement. It being October was even better. By now the nights had shed the last of the cold, and were getting warmer. People were starting to stay out longer. Bars and nightclubs would be getting busier. Out with the cape and in with shorts and colourful shirts. Time to mix with all those potential victims partying in the streets.

There was something else going on, too, but he couldn’t quite remember exactly what that was. It wasn’t just the change of month. No matter. It’d come back to him sooner or later.

First, though, Dracuul had to get ready. A coffee, a shower and a shave would be desirable, if not essential after a few months’ snoozing in the coffin. Still half asleep, he hauled himself out of the casket, stretched, and reached for the curtains. A chance to see what the night ahead looked like.

The sunlight came streaming in through the windows and caught him completely off guard. The glare of the late afternoon temporarily blinded him, left him frozen on the spot, unable to move out of danger. What was going on? Wasn’t it nighttime?

And as his skin began to sizzle and turn to dust, he belatedly remembered what else was so significant about today.

It had been time to adjust everyone’s clock by an hour. The start of daylight saving.

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About the Author

hunter horse 32Where you see strange dreams, cockatoos and other nonsensical nostrums congregate, there’s a good chance you’ll also come across our author.

By day he’s all manner of mundane things: a board member, business association manager, policy adviser, researcher and scholar - in Canberra.

At night he lets those wild ideas of his run, well, wild.


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Meet the Narrators

  • Mark English

    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

  • Marg Essex

    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.


  • Geraldine Borella

    geraldine borella 200Geraldine Borella writes fiction for children, young adults and adults. Her work has been published by Deadset Press, IFWG Publishing, Wombat Books/Rhiza Edge, AHWA/Midnight Echo, Antipodean SF, Shacklebound Books, Black Ink Fiction, Paramour Ink Fiction, House of Loki and Raven & Drake

  • Emma Gill

    Emma Louise GillEmma Louise Gill (she/her) is a British-Australian spec fic writer and consumer of vast amounts of coffee. Brought up on a diet of English lit, she rebelled and now spends her time writing explosive space opera and other fantastical things in

  • Juliette Cavendish

    juliette cavendish 200Juliette Cavendish was born in Liverpool UK and is of Welsh and Norwegian heritage. Juliette has an interest in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Science and writes in both Science Fiction and Contemporary Fiction genres. Juliette was fascinated with space as a

  • Alistair Lloyd

    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 <...

  • Sarah Pratt

    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

  • Sarah Jane Justice

    Sarah Jane Justice 200Sarah Jane Justice is an Adelaide-based fiction writer, poet, musician and spoken word artist.

    Among other achievements, she has performed in the National Finals of the Australian Poetry Slam, released two albums of her original music and seen her poetry

  • Ed Errington

    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

  • Laurie Bell

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    Laurie Bell lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of "The Stones of Power Series" via Wyvern's Peak Publishing: "The Butterfly Stone", "The Tiger's Eye" and "The Crow's Heart" (YA/Fantasy).

    She is also the author of "White Fire" (Sci-Fi) and "The Good, the Bad and the Undecided" (a

  • Michelle Walker

    michelle walker32My time at Nambucca Valley Community Radio began back in 2016 after moving into the area from Sydney.

    As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I recognised it was definitely God who opened up the pathways for my husband and I to settle in the Valley.


  • Barry Yedvobnick

    barry yedvobnick 200Barry Yedvobnick is a recently retired Biology Professor. He performed molecular biology and genetic research, and taught, at Emory University in Atlanta for 34 years. He is new to fiction writing, and enjoys taking real science a step or two beyond its known boundaries in his

  • Tim Borella

    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