The Stories

By Kim Rose

sfgenrePod was sad.

Sadness was not unknown on pod-world, but it was carefully managed. All the various pods working at various frequencies balanced the overall equation quite well. Sadness was okay. It was part of being alive. The sadness was necessary for a balanced overall equation.

But Pod was persistently sad. An oddity. All day Pod just moped. He did not want to participate in joint energy exchange. He did not want to feed on particles of cosmic light. He did not want to vent vacuum between the stars. Pod could find nowhere to be content.

By Robert Caldwell

sfgenrebrief fly through

Author: Xperkto

Date 89-623 679:5342

I couldn’t sleep one millennium. So I got into my spaceship and jumped over the billions of light years to the seventh-degree species world. I looked for what appeared to be one of the scarcer inhabited areas and flew my ship through the atmosphere. I know that is no big deal to you abduction pros but it gave me a thrill.

Re: brief fly through

By Austine Osas

sfgenreHe shoves his left hand into my pocket and roughly removes a couple of tens instead of asking for them as he normally does. I glance at Uyi, a small smile masking my surprise at his atypical behaviour, but he doesn’t smile back. Rather he has a strange look in his eyes which I struggle to interpret. Is it anger? Discontent? I don’t know. My conscience pricks me to ask, but I can only speculate about his thoughts as he remains silent.

Five weeks ago I promised both of us I wasn’t going to do this to him. Five weeks ago I was firm in my resolve and fully committed to seeing it through, but here we are, five weeks later, ready to break my own promise and powerless to stop my capitulation. Self-preservation is a bitch.

By Ishmael A. Soledad

sfgenreI got this thing for butter. Not the mass-produced stuff but boutique, Sorrell melt in your mouth handmade creamy delight. It’s expensive but I budget to the cent, autopay all my bills. All I see is my drinking and grocery money.

Well, truth is the one hundred forty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents drinking money’s exactly Uncle Owen’s fine for public disturbance. He’s a fair and reasonable public official even if he is on the bench. Got to the point last year I sent the fines straight through in advance. I’m a little calmer now, not much sense in using all my drinking money to fight.

But no matter what I always have my eight dollars ninety-five for my butter.

By Roger Ley

sfgenreIt’s a Mexican thing. You have to be Mexican to understand the mixture of sadness, joy and resignation we associate with death. We don’t want to die, but we respect our relatives who have gone before us, we cherish them, they are not forgotten. The 2nd of November the Día de los Muertos. Not the Carnival, the colourful, exuberant, uninhibited celebration in February. Not Halloween, the childish western celebration. No, the Day of the Dead is older than that, thousands of years older, first celebrated by the pre-Columbians, and now in many Spanish-speaking countries. Here in Mexico it’s a big event and when did us Latins need an excuse for a fiesta? Unfortunately, somebody has to keep a watch on the festivities, and this year my number had come up.

The night-time streets were crowded with happy, slightly drunk people, perfect conditions for the predators, the pickpockets, con men; all sorts of criminal activity would be going on.

By Meghashri Dalvi

sfgenre"Show me your project." She pulled at him strongly.

He nervously showed it to his big sister.

"Yikes! What is this? Just a few wisps! Is that all you have got?" She smirked.

"I am still learning," he protested.

By David Scholes

sfgenreIt was a lonely trip being the only flesh and blood entity among a ship of artificial intelligences.


Finally our target planet hove into view. Time for work.

Our job? The preservation of all the of this world’s knowledge before its transformation. We would forge a knowledge cube. Later, those more elevated in cosmic hierarchy would decide its fate.

By Jan Napier

sfgenreI keep poets in my pockets   sometimes they shrill and argue

like an aggravation of lorikeets   stretch and bulge the seams.

I am forced to issue reprimands or to correct their conduct

by example.

By George Nikolopoulos

sfgenreOfficer Jake Delonghi muttered angrily to himself, while shaving. "Another end-of-world prophecy; a mysterious invasion happening today and everyone's going to die. It's in the Potatonic Manuscripts or something.

By Eugen M. Bacon

sfgenreFirst it was insects, lizards, rats … Ivy chopped their heads with razor-sharp objects, then graduated to chicks fallen from their nests. Then it was mice. Cats. Dogs. After the first teenage girl, the exciting calm to extreme hate that made a teenage boy easy also, graduated Ivy to a grown woman. Legs folded, curled into something tragic, the woman’s dead eyes glittered like diamonds, blank as an ocean.

The hunt was foreplay.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (available now).

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

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