The Stories

By Botond Teklesz

awakening 200They walked amidst broken windows and piles of rubble. Almost home. Thick, dusty smoke permeated everything. Every now and then a wandering dog passed by, and a cold wind slammed their faces.

The idiots in charge had finally dropped the bomb.

By Robin Hillard

bringbackthenight 200The noise of a gathering mob was softened by intervening streets. Through the open window Adam stared at grounds now covered with artificial grass. Lack of ornamental plants, however, was the least of the problems caused by the loss of so much insect life. Far more serious was the effect on crops.

No doubt the mob was making the usual demands — for a bigger slice of the economic pie. Didn’t they realise the metaphoric pie was shrinking as fast as the government’s store of real food?

Adam cursed all politicians. They promised so much: limitless light, sun-powered and stored in cheap batteries.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreIt all started with the refrigerator.

The small touch screen in the middle of the left-hand door of the fridge said simply, ‘Susan, we need to talk.’ It kept flashing.

Susan Carling thought this a bit odd. Usually it simply communicated things like how much milk or tofu she needed, or when to throw out that leftover tuna mornay, or more rarely, whether an upgrade to its software was required.

By Kim Rose

sfgenre‘It rains a lot here,’ Spadira remarked.

‘It does,’ Athane agreed, ‘but it’s not quite like water.’ She touched a recent drop delicately. It stuck to her leg.

‘And there’s that funny froth in it.’ Spadira looked up to the edge of her house where a white fleck clung to an upper corner.

‘Perhaps it’s the apocalypse.’

By Ishmael A Soledad

sexandcosmonaut 200The clouds of Jupiter beckon, endless shifting coffee cream swirls of gas and dust folding and unwrapping in melting deep rivers, soaring mountains of colour. I want to reach in, dig down and clutch my hands — drawing up tendrils of the floss, wisps falling from my fingers, misty cascades of super chilled gas insanely, killingly cold, lighting my mind and senses.

I float across the quartzite port a centimetre between the beauty of the swirls and my tin can, wiping my frosted breath from its face.

By Zebuline Carter

harshest sentence 200The District Court Judge sat quietly in his chambers, unnerved by the case notes on the desk before him. He took a sip from the lukewarm handi-carton of choc-cola milk he'd been nursing for the last half hour. The verdict was guilty — the jury had determined that without delay. All that remained now was the sentencing hearing. The fact that it, too, would be delivered most efficaciously did not make it any easier on the elder Judge. For forty years he had sat and watched as men and women found new and more devious, more inhumane ways to hurt their fellows. Absently, he swirled the remaining litre of flavoured milk. In two days, he was scheduled to retire...

He pursed his lips, drew his shoulders back.

By Ovidiu Bufnilă

sfgenre"Play for us!" the revolutionist from Cape Horn shouted, inviting the red orchestra to get out of their rocket.

The coy players prepared their instruments. They took out their scores. They forced smiles onto their faces. They started playing.

By Victoria Chapman

Sky Woman - artwork by Victoria ChapmanThe situation wasn’t ideal, but I’d been looking for an affordable place to stay for several months. At least it had the basics. You can only share a place with friends for so long.

The property still had its original features, the height of fashion back when I was a teenager. Not my preferred aesthetic, and it was small, dark, and threadbare in places. Probably a lack of redecorating. The rec area was the most  cringeworthy: undersized and misshapen, and it had some sort of fungal growth if you looked hard. 

I was the type that looked hard. 

I had raised the issue of the fungus with the agent.

By David Kernot

Artwork by Michael ConnollyThe second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system always increases. This meant that the Venetian atmosphere would invariably become more disorderly in time as more High-Altitude Venus Operational Crafts were deployed. HAVOC! Abe hoped so. Who knew what might happen as a result?

Aboard Sycamore-50, one of the thousand 200-metre-long Zeppelins, Abe nursed his repaired pelvis.

By Roger Ley

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The Land Rover stopped, and Riley pointed to the prehuman footprints that showed clearly in the flat, dry, African 

rock surface. It was the third day of their family safari in the Great Rift Valley.

‘We can spend a few hours here but we need to get to the next lodge before dark,’ he said.

‘These footprints are half a million years old, boys,’ Estella said to her sons.

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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.


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

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.


In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 253

Celebrating Surviving a Storm
by Wes Parish

Dangerous Journey
by Luke Kendall

by Kerryn Pholi

by Steven Fritz

Old Man
by Tim Borella

by Meghashri Dalvi

by Kevin J. Phyland

Starlight Twilight
by Sarah Anne Ross

The Curse of the Ice Dragon
by George Nikolopoulos

The Milk Bar
by Markus J

The Contributors

victoriachapman 200Victoria has worked the metal manufacturing industry as an industrial chemist since leaving school but views those past 33 or so years as merely a stop gap until she figures out what she really wants to do when she grows up. She discovered the joy of words after encountering “Ode to Autumn” by Keats in 1985, and has been jotting down anecdotes, short stories and essays to amuse herself ever since.

A self-identified ‘nerd’ with an insatiable curiousity towards whatever attracts her attention, she also enjoys drawing, yarn crafts and learning new things. Victoria lives in Melbourne with her husband, son and too many cats.

This is her first formally published work.

mconlyMichael Connolly lives in Bowraville NSW, Australia. He has worked as an art teacher, music teacher, printer and illustrator among other things (such as chicken de-beaker), and has a keen interest in science-fiction and the natural sciences. He has illustrated for the magazine Tabula Rasa, which specialises in the horror genre, and is a regular contributor to AntipodeanSF.



roger ley2 200‘Trackers’ is one of the stories in Roger Ley's recently released speculative fiction collection, 'Dead People on Facebook'. All the stories in the collection have been published, podcast or broadcast in the last year, and Steampunk author Jessica Lucci included ‘Dead People on Facebook’ in her January reading list for 2019.

Roger's other book, ‘Chronoscape,’ is a well-received science fiction novel about time and alternate realities.

Find him at <>

I've read and watched sci-fi all my life I think it's time to give back instead of just taking. My stories have appeared in Aphelion, AntipodeanSF, Far Cry Magazine, Planet Web Zine, Schlock! Webzine, and Unrealpoloitik!. I have one short story collection - Hawking Radiation - published and am currently working on my first novel, due for release in 2020. You can connect with me on Twitter (@Ishmael_Soledad) or my blog at: <>


kim rose 200 2Kim Rose is a professional writer of romance and erotic fiction.

Long time lover of fantasy and sci fi.

Keen spokesperson for sex positive culture and breaking social stigmas.

For more information please check out these pages






hillard mystery book 150Robin Hillard has been writing science fiction for a number of years. She hurried to get this story finished before the present level of light pollution changed science fiction into tragically real science fact and made the tale ineligible for publication in AntipodeanSF.

Find out more at Robin's author page at Cyberworld: <>


botond t 200I am a chap who speaks four languages to the perfection.

As to the background, in the communist era in Romania we did not have laptops or cell phones. Those who had done some reading made it later to college. Those who did not still enrich the large mass of oblivion.

I tend to spend my time with translating literature, mainly sci-fi. Why sci-fi?

You see, I believe in God, but how they sell a white Jesus in an African church is beyond me. I am in a constant search for someone no human would ever understand. Call it God, call it UFO, what you will.

The stars will still be twinkling.aus25grn

bufnila authorOvidiu Bufnilă was born and lives in Romania. He has headed up Waved Philosophy since 1977. Ovidiu Bufnilă binds everything so beautiful that the universe seems to be born of a wave that has shattered. His novel Jazzonia was awarded as the best Romanian SF Novel. He received the award for the best Romanian SF Story, Mandhala, 2002, and was also awarded for excellence in Romanian SF and the Sigma Award for the best Romanian SF Novel, Moreaugarin’s Crusade. He received the annual Clouds Magazine Award (USA).


Zeb writes:

Last week, on a whim I submitted some of my own musings to ‘Nuke’, and when I checked back today — my time in my ‘verse, which is plus six years comparative to you — I saw that he had published some of them! I wasn’t even sure the contrived email and attachment would get through, let alone end up published on your internet of things. (BTW — We have nothing quite like your ‘net, but we’ve gone far further into the solar system than you have. Figure that!) Now that I know a connection is possible, I thought I’d tell you a little more about myself and where I’m from. So, from the beginning…

Hi. My name is Zebuline Carter — that’s Zeb for my friends or Zeb-you-leen if you want to get formal — and I’m a forty-two year old former astronaut now working as an administrator at Farside, on Luna. Farside is a research base, where innerscopes are just starting to peel back layers of our sheath of the local multiverse. Because our work is so sensitive to em influences, Farside is situated within a one hundred klom diameter exclusion zone.

In my late teens I earned a double major in aerospace and business but passed over grad school for civilian astronaut training. As a kid I collected coupons from cereal boxes until I had enough for my first telescope, and built scale models of all the commercial shuttles and orbiters. Growing up, I’d always felt slightly out of place, like I was meant to to be somewhere else and part of me already was — until, that is, I had my first trip into low orbit aboard a high-riding intercont-cruiser, or ICC. That was a high-school graduation present from my Uncle Jim, and during the fifteen minutes of freefall I found that other part of myself, grabbed it tight, and never let go since.

Did I also mention I’m 180 cents tall with bobbed chestnut hair? Or that because of heart damage from a bad landing, I’m also marooned in low gravity? But heh, there are now six bases around Luna, supporting a permanent population of around twelve thousand Lunans, and a transient population of several thousand tourists and stopovers returning form the outer system, so it never gets boring and I don’t get lonely. And living in low G means I won’t age or sag as fast, either.

Until next time —


Kevin J. PhylandRetired after 33 years of teaching, Kevin now indulges his passions full-time: weather, reading and writing. His fiction usually embraces darker themes or the new weird, but lately he has gone back to more traditional old school SFF. He has set himself the task of reading every Stephen King novel, in order, and all of the recommended SF reading lists of Locus magazine for the last 35 years <>. His eyes hurt.


David Kernot is an Australian author living in the Mid North of South Australia. He writes contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and his short stories can be found in a variety of anthologies, magazines, and eZines across Australia, the US, and Canada. More information can be found at <>.


AntipodeanSF September 2019


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AntiSF's Narration Team

david whitaker 200David Whitaker is originally from the UK though has travelled around a bit and now resides in India. He has a degree in Journalism, however decided that as he’s always preferred making things up it should ultimately become a resource rather than a profession.

His stories, covering everything from sci-fi to philosophy, have been published across the globe and links to each can be found at <>

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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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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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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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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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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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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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SF News

Upcoming Cons

Conflux 15: What Lies Beneath (2019) will be held in Canberra from Saturday 5 October through to Monday 7 October 2019. Conflux is Canberra’s longest-running spec fiction (sci fi, fantasy & horror) convention including all things speculative and have a strong program for writers of the genre, as well as all the usual panels, discussions, cosplay & social stuff.
Conflux NEWS — well known author John Scalzi will be at Conflux for a Q&A with Cat Sparks. AntipodeanSF will also be at Conflux! Come along and grab a hard copy of Issue 250! More information about Conflux at: <>.

Swancon 45 - National Convention 2020. Swancon is Australia's longest-running science-fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention, and is the premiere event in Perth for fans of all forms of speculative media.More information: <>

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