The Stories

By Zebuline Carter

sfgenreFor Dee Preston, it had been a harrowing night: fourteen hours of labour without the support of her husband, who was away on business, and then the usual battery of tests and jabs — all deemed absolutely necessary and essential — before she could finally lay back against the pillows and nurse her newborn baby girl. Just like mothers had done for thousands of generations.

By Todd Wells

sfgenreThorblong ran his orglums along the ridges of Phergula's grophids. Her frendducks oscillated with desire.

"I...I, I've never done this before," Phergula stammered, "I don’t know if we should..."

"Give in to your passion," whispered Thorblong, as he unwound Phergula's thryster from her wredlings. It fell to the floor with a loud clang.

By Andrea Teare

sfgenreSol's bauble exploded into crystalline shards, each one catching and reflecting the firelight beneath it before raining over him in a painful shower. "I refused to have one lung removed,” he said. “Can you believe it? The world runs out of unspoiled air and the solution is to start reducing how much we can breathe?” He sucked in a deep breath, hearing his chest whistle and wheeze as he did so, “Fat lot of good having two has done me anyway." His face twitched, glowing in the fire of their tree.

By Laurie Bell

sfgenre“I’m retired.”

“Jel, we need you.”

“Retired,” I said again, leaning back in my chair. His face took on a ruby glow. I wasn’t to be deterred. I interlaced my fingers and tucked them behind my head. He could try all he liked, but I wouldn’t fly another race.

By Lachlan Walter

sfgenreI adjust the radio again.

“Hello, are you there?”


“Hello, are you there?”

By Laura Solomon & Kerryn Young

sfgenreI fell from the sky on a Tuesday. Came down full of piss and thunder, but terrified too, what the hell was happening? I was a rebel angel. Once on earth I donned dark glasses and tight black jeans, rode a Harley, and obtained two tattoos. On my left arm, a dragon, on my right, a white lotus. People were scared of me, an effect I did not mind. I felt like a god in disguise. I picked up a mini-skirted girlfriend called Tiffany with an eighties perm and a lip piercing and I was set. Planet Earth? I thought I owned the place.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreCaptain Solomon delivered the transcript to the away team like Moses handing down stone tablets bearing commandments. “This needs to be read and understood by all of you before we descend.”

{intercept translated from the original Centauri A in 2037 Earth years (delayed) - tenses may not scan}Found on Centauri A alpha.

By Bart Meehan

sfgenreThey watch the clock ticking on the wall.

32 seconds

She asks: Do you think time will exist afterwards?

By Miranda Forman

sfgenre"Mom, guess what? Xalu and I are engaged!"

"Oh, honey! I'm so happy for you! When's the big day?"

"Um, I don't know. We haven't gotten that far. I was just calling to let you know."

By Matthew Harrison

sfgenre“What makes working in Nathan Rose so special?” the girl gushed.

Samantha saw from the badge that her name was Hermione. She looked healthy — rosy cheeks were always a good sign — just that she was a little slimmer than the firm preferred.

“Well, Hermione,” Samantha began, “that’s a very good question...”

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