The Stories

By Noel Osualdini

sfgenreFather came, brandishing a box before him like a silver platter.

“Where did you get it?” asked Mother. There was no salt left in her tears: she'd cried it all away.

“I think it best the children don't hear, ” said Father.

By Savatore Difalco

sfgenreJohnny Quanta stared at his shattered prosthetic leg in disbelief. A full bot had speared him in the knee. It was a cheap shot.

“Johnny,” Dr. Fagan said, “we have no replacements left.”

“What are you talking about? There were three good ones last week.”

By Vanessa Kittle

sfgenreWhen Zack sat down Yvette tried to gauge his mood. She knew that she was still not very adept at this process, but even she could see that he was angry. Zack had given her all of her practical experience with emotions: from basic needs and expressions, to flirting and desires, to existential discussions that went on for hours. After an intense 3.55 months their relationship finally defined itself as an analog of a father-daughter bond.

By Shane O'Halloran

sfgenreThe old man leans back in his chair and peeks through the window. He lifts a hand to catch the waitress’s attention but she is busy serving a young couple at the far end of the café. No matter, he can wait, there is still time. There’s always plenty of time isn’t there. No more time for you though. He coughs, a dry hack which rips through his lungs, setting his chest on fire. It doesn’t last too long, and he is relieved when nothing comes up. He grabs a bunch of napkins anyway. Lucky this time, maybe not so much the next.

By George Nikolopoulos

sfgenreAs I see the man pull a gun out of his pocket and point it at my son, I feel like my heart just stopped.

Instead, time stops.

I can see the bullet, frozen in place mid-air, sleek and deadly, pointed toward my son. I can see the twisted, delirious face of the gunman.

By Bart Meehan

Ice Age

sfgenreAll Hollywood stories start with a lunch. And this one started at the Ice Age, a semi fashionable restaurant off the Strip.

I’d been invited by John Hendry, who told me it would be worth my while.

When I arrived, the place was only half full and several people looked up to see if I was anybody. Satisfied I wasn’t, they returned to their meals.

I looked around and saw Hendry sitting in a booth at the back of the room.

By Roger Ley

sfgenreWe were all staring up at the sky, waiting for the Dawn Treader to light up her Hawking drives and start the journey to Alpha Centauri. There were hundreds of us, all members of the design and construction team, with our partners and children. We were partying at our complex, near the foot of the Kisumu Space Elevator. A fair proportion of the world would be watching, either on-screen or live if they were lucky enough to be in the right hemisphere and time zone.

By Mathew Nelson

sfgenreI shiver, stumbling forward as the rain lashes at my clothes. I can’t feel my nose, or my ears, or the tips of my fingers. I can barely see. Where the hell am I? The sky has grown eerily dark and I’m sure that the sun has now set behind the rain clouds. A brief fragment of light remains on the churning ocean. Violent waves crash against the rocks ahead.

By Ishmael Soledad

sfgenreAbbot Johannes gazed at the twenty-four professed gathered before him, the bitter chill of early February penetrating the bare stone chapel. The taking of vows, the final irrevocable admission of a brother to the community was solemn, a time of thanks. This one was unique, a loss-tinged joy.

Having remained prostrate and naked in penitential reverence these past two days, the supplicant at his feet lifted himself onto one knee, hands clasped in prayer, eyes locked on the Abbot’s sandals.

By Simon R. Gardner

sfgenreI sat watching twinkling lights in the smog of dusk circling outside the large open window. Bathed in a glorious heat that reminded me of my childhood in the suburbs of Cairo, I tried to keep still as Abdel positioned the headset and then fastened it under my chin.

"Are you sure you're ready for this?" Abdel said, his voice just a murmur now.

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A King May Look At A Cat
by Lynne Lumsden Green

Applicants Must Be Able To Cackle
by Nikky Lee

Crash Dummy
by Roger Ley

Invisible Giants And Little Types
by AE Reiff

Infinite Monkeys
by Aiki Flinthart

Kitting Up
by David Scholes

She's Dead
by Mark Towse

Surfing On Neptune
by Eugen M. Bacon

The Forgetful Visitor
by Barry Germansky

The Sin Of Envy
by George Nikolopoulos

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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.

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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 (YA/ Fantasy — available now) and White Fire (Sci Fi — available now)

You can read more of her work on her blog Look for her on Facebook <> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

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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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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,

And is a theatre reviewer for 2SER FM in Sydney.

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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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