The Stories

By Ishmael A. Soledad

sfgenreToday’s a choice, kids on my rostered Sunday at home or peace and quiet at work. I’ve no clients, beer in the fridge, screen on the wall. So I sit, beer in one hand, remote in the other.

One second Drake’s bowling, next someone’s opposite me. A female, red headed someone.

“Are you Brad Muller, investigator?”

By Gary Griffith

sfgenreEvery journey should begin, I suppose, with a river quest, the Congo, Thames, or The Niger — a river that mysteriously spins away from the ocean toward the desert north until pivoting south at Timbuktu back to the sea and leads us where we may not go. 

And every river may pervert a Kurtz — or in this case convert an Agnus — Newman, quantum physicist and virologist; she chartered a flight where the oily Niger delta gags the blue Atlantic, near Agge — to Onitsha, north and ventured eastward along tributaries to where the fabled Engugu trees, chlorophyllous, hang over mocha ponds fed by clear waters; where seven virgins dance over the crocodile and people come for the healing flow that is home to The Mystery Fish.

By Marcelo Medone

sfgenreIt’s nightfalling and I’m eager to hunt. We are a mixed but enthusiastic band that have come to Zedora to collect murkles — the most elusive game in the galaxy. It is my first hunting expedition and I fear that my nervousness will betray me.

I approach Robertson, the American guide, a tough guy. 

“Is it true that murkles are so difficult to catch?”

By R. E. Diaz

sfgenreA backpack full of flashbangs, a loudspeaker, and a road flare; those are my weapons? ‘He knows best’ is not the most rational answer. But I guess I left the domain of the rational a few thousand miles ago.

One more door before me. I no longer cringe at the moaning hinges. But I cringe at the sight that awaits on the other side: the people huddled against the concrete walls of their tunnel: burnt out humanity. 

It sounds like Chinese. No point in telling them there’s a way out. Even if any spoke English, they are too dazed to listen.

By Jenny England

sfgenre“Do you want deep fried cockroach wings with that?” the automated voice at the customer service counter asked, “they are on special today, six for two dollars”.

“No, just the burger and a V-juice,” Alec replied.

He waved his hand across the scanner to pay, grabbed the eco-burger and juice as they slid into the out tray and hurried to join his two best friends at their regular table in the restaurant.  He had arrived later than the others. Even though the roads were not as congested as they used to be, it was still difficult to estimate trip times and he had been tied up at work that morning too.

By Ed Errington

sfgenreMateo Fuentes pauses at the door — unsure of his welcome, he takes time to compose himself. His breathing is laboured. The enormity of his mission suddenly strikes home. The air in this future world is alive — more organic and energising than the one he abandoned.

Mateo has arrived in this future world unannounced. Feeling nervous, he glances down at his shiny new boots. And the uniform — does it pass muster?  The shirt is fresh. The Futures Museum curator did say the fresh effect should last. Nothing out of place, nothing out of time. In his own world, Fuentes had been a fashion designer. He is only too aware how fashions can change, mutate, transform, or regenerate human cultures so quickly. Things have to be just right — he so wants to inter-lock in this time and place. 

By Steven R. Brandt

sfgenreIcarus was created in the twenty-first century — or perhaps I should say he was born then. He was the first truly human machine, a creature dreaded for as long as it has been imagined.

He sat next to his creator, Dr. Lucille Abbot, both of them smiling for the cameras. He had a plastic body with a friendly, cartoon-like face.

"Tell me, why name him Icarus? Isn't that a story about a person who went too far?"

By Rick Kennett

sfgenre<If you haven't read part one yet, please read it here at the NLA>

Continued from part one...


Cy pointed to the middle of a patch of purple fungus grass within a small forest of spindly mushroom trees. She turned about to take in the surroundings, remembering.

A warm and sunny day, though an intense and unnatural cold hangs about this end of the island. The grass and the trees sparkle with frost. Lazarus the spider atop her head grips her scalp lightly with its eight legs. She approaches a shallow crater in which is an upraised hatch, hinged to a silver rim ...

By Robin Hillard

sfgenreDarling Gabriel,

By the time you read this I will be on my way to Earth and already missing you.  It tears my soul to use the money we saved to build a little home, but I had to get away. Try not to hate me.  

They came for Emily this morning. I was with her when the guards marched in. It was raining and we heard their boots coming up the drive. No knock on the door. A crash and they were inside.  All six, guns drawn and heavy, muddy boots.

“Order of Council,” they yelled as they dragged her away.

By William Kitcher

sfgenreThis is the story of Areseth the Magnificent and Noj the Invincible, the two greatest dilliards players in the history of the Land of Zix, and their final epic match, the culmination of a best-of-21 final.

The match was tied 10-10, and it was nearing the end of the seventh and final finurka. After an impressive run of 87, giving him a lead of 218-203, Noj had to give up the board when, although he struck the cue ball solidly into the purple ball, which caromed perfectly off both the black ball and the brown-and-white-striped octagon, the purple ball failed to even touch the magenta-with-the-green-spot, let alone explode, and drifted away, with no score being awarded. Areseth looked up at the clock and saw there were only 26 yons left, time for only 2 more shots.

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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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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

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In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 276

1159 at the God's Lounge
By Brian C. Mahon

Brain Slug
By Nick Petrou

Dream Killer
By Col Helmuth

Love, Tokyo Style
By Umiyuri Katsuyama, Translated by Toshiya Kamei

More People Problems
By Chad Bolling

Only Time Will Tell
By Stanlei Bellan

The Gods in Their Galleries (Part Three)
By Rick Kennett

Soggy, Soggy Nights
By Wes Parish

The Crackpot's Conquest
By Julian Roberts

Versus the Sea
By Greg Foyster

This Time, For Sure
By Rex Caleval

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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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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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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 has never lost his childhood passion for SF and writing in general and has been lucky enough to have worked most of his life as a pilot — in other words, he’s never properly grown up.

He lives in country Far North Queensland, has won awards for songwriting, and has had various other writing achievements, the most recent being an honourable mention in the 2018 international Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition.

He also has bachelor degrees in science and teaching, and has completed a couple of as-yet unpublished SF novels. He’d dearly love to spend more time writing, but will have to continue juggling for another couple of years until the kids have fully left the nest.

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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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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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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 <> 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.

(Photo by Jeremy Belinfante) 

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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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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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The Contributors

bill kitcher 200 snookerBill lives in Toronto, and may move if his favourite pub doesn’t bring back online trivia.

His stories, plays, and comedy sketches have been published and/or produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Holland, India, Ireland, the U.K., and the U.S., so he’s pretty excited about being published in Australia.

He played a lot of snooker when he was younger and would have played even more if his parents hadn’t given away their snooker table while he was at university.

gary griffith 200Gary Griffith lives with his wife in Prescott Valley, Arizona, USA, where he spends his time writing, playing drums in a rock band, and volunteering to help the needy and underserved.

He has a collection of linked stories, "A House of Stone is Forever" (available on Amazon), based upon his childhood in Northern Michigan.

His poetry has appeared in The Minison Project <@MinisonProject> and The Black Box from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

His fiction has appeared in Storyglossia.

"Heart of Lightness" has been excerpted from his novel-in-progress, "The S Virus".

He has fiction forthcoming at <433 Magazine>.

You can follow him <@GaryLGriffith> on Twitter, and also at <>.


In his early years, Steven R. Brandt got his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois for performing the first numerical simulations of rotating black hole spacetimes.

Currently, he lives in the mystical swamps of Louisiana, where he teaches computer science and supercomputing voodoo to zombified students.

Between hurricanes and gator sightings, he writes stories about magic, science, and all the things in between.

Jenny England is a writer and illustrator living in Kiama, Australia.

Over the years she has worked as a journalist and has had numerous non-fiction articles published in a wide variety of magazines.

Now retired from the hustle and bustle of daily life she is writing speculative fiction when she isn’t busy knitting and sending out mail art.


marcelo medone 200Marcelo Medone (1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a fiction writer, poet and screenwriter. His works have received awards and have been published in magazines and books, both in digital and paper format, individually or in anthologies, in various languages in more than 30 countries all over the world.

His SF story “The Second Passenger” was awarded the third prize in the 2020 Algeciras Fantastika Contest, in Spain. His SF flash fiction and short stories have been published in Teoría Ómicron (Ecuador), Espejo Humeante (Mexico / Argentina), Supraversum (Argentina), El Narratorio (Argentina), Kanon Ediciones (Peru) and Bewildering Stories (Canada). His flash fiction story “A Valuable Trophy” will be published in the Cosmos anthology by Ghost Orchid Press, in the US.

He currently lives in San Fernando, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Facebook: Marcelo Medone / Instagram: @marcelomedone

rudy diaz 200A Physicist in Engineer’s clothing, Rudy worked 20 years in the Defense Aerospace Industry, from performing Lightning Protection analysis on the Space Shuttle to the design of Radar Absorbing Materials. He then joined Academia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, where for another 20 years he attempted to infect unsuspecting students with a love for Maxwell’s equations.

Since High School he has spent most of his free time either writing Science Fiction or trying to figure out how to make Science Fiction a reality. (His students' latest work has led to the realisation of efficient RF antennas that radiate using true magnetic (not electric) currents.)

His speculative fiction short stories have appeared in Residential Aliens, Ray Gun Revival, The Untold Podcast, and Antipodean SF. He blogs on the subjects of Science, Religion, and their intersection. The rest of his work is in the peer reviewed Physics and Engineering literature.

Rudy has also been involved in Jail Ministry for about 30 years. He and his wife Marcy live in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Rex Caleval author photo 200Rex Caleval lives in Regina, Canada, where he spent twenty years as an air traffic controller.

Always an avid reader with story ideas popping into his head, he decided to try writing a few.

He's been pleased to find that some people like them.

His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, 365 Tomorrows, and MYTHIC, among others.

Links to his stories which have been published online can be found on his Facebook author page.


ishmael soledad 200I've read and watched sci-fi all my life and I thought it was time to give back instead of just taking.

My stories have appeared in Aphelion, Antipodean SF, Far Cry Magazine, Planet Web Zine, Schlock! Webzine, and Unrealpoloitik!

I have published two short story collections — Hawking Radiation, and Sex and The Single Cosmonaut — and I am currently working on my first novel due for release later this year.

You can connect with me on Twitter <@Ishmael_Soledad> or my blog at <>


Robin Hillard has had a number of stories published in magazines and ezines including AntipodeanSF.

She now lives in Melbourne with a bossy little dog who takes her to the off leash park.  


ed-erringtonEd Errington is a scribblesmith based in Tropical North Queensland. He likes using words to create sketches of alternative/parallel futures — snatched glimpses of strange internal & external worlds — where taken-for-granted ‘ordinary’ things are far from what they seem.

Ed particularly enjoys reading stories where ordinary people have to face extraordinary circumstances — choosing to face, flee or hide from their often overwhelming fears. He believes the ordinariness of a non-fiction approach can make the fiction more real. Readers are likely to relate more readily characters living lives similar to their own. Upturn the characters’ lives and we invite thoughts on how the reader/audience might react in similar situations.


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 <>


rick kennett 200I'm a life-long resident of Melbourne, Australia, where I work in the transport industry. I like to explore graveyards, an odd hobby I call necrotourism, although I believe the correct word is taphophile.

I've been writing since 1979 and have had SF and ghost stories in many magazines, anthologies and podcasts. In 2008 my story "The Dark and What It Said" won a Ditmar, and in 2013 my podcast stories "Now Cydonia" and "The Road to Utopia Plain" won two Parsec Awards. I'm presently the podcast reporter for the M.R. James journal Ghosts & Scholars.

"The Gods in their Galleries" is a sequel to my novel "Presumed Dead", available on Amazon.