Drowning

By Chris Karageorge

sfgenre41 Traits You Display that Your Friends Don’t Understand. You’ll never guess what happened to me today. 19 Celeb Moments You Might Have Missed. Was it on your VWatch? 15 ways that puppies make lives better! No. I don’t have VWatch. Something weird happened on the train. 10 photos that prove cats are evil and cute at the same time. Ok. 21 Harrowing Food Crimes People Have Committed This Week. Are you listening to me? Just a 12 month subscription for $89.99. I am listening. Ryan and Justine’s new Royal Baby Photos. Really? What was the last thing I said? And the Baby Prince’s Nursery you’ll just Love. Something about your brother. There Are Over 5 Unified Countries! Do you know their capitals? No! 12 ways to Lose Weight! I might get a new wedding ring, I'm over this design. Charlie and Colin’s epic meltdown on Married to a Stranger, tonight! We’ve been married for less than a year...you’re joking right? This Mother’s day, give the gift of the QuadAscend Z90. I know, but we have the money to change it. It catches on things. Having a hard time choosing your next read? Take a quiz! Anyway, on the train, I looked out the window and saw Leon Alberti.

Woman shares a secret $2 vegan meal at Jackalope’s Family Restaurant. I need a new phone, the photos this one takes are too real. Look to the sun this summer and wear goggles. I’m really worried. Start normalising that it’s ok not to know how to cook! Look at this fat. I need to lose it, there is an overhang when I wear this underwear. I should just buy new underwear. Sun’s out, guns out! Get your Summer body ready. I think something happened to Leon, I haven’t heard from him in 2 weeks. Reporting on what you care about. We hold major institutions accountable and expose misinformation. I feel bad about paying $8.99 a month, I just can't get through all the content. I'm thinking of switching and paying only for what I want. 

Something for everyone interested in hair, makeup, style, and positivity. The situation is getting really serious, I think we need to prepare. This Son Made His Mum a VWatch Account Full Of Her Advice, The Messages Are Important. This restaurant is now only serving water as their drink, it's in support of Anti-Whaling. 32 Things That’ll Help Make Your Messy Home Unrecognisable. That last time I saw him though, he leaned in close and I saw that glint in his eye, he always had it when he was about to say something  important. Celeb Bae alongside Celeb Bro at the Celeb Awards. I just saw a VWatch saying that fake meat isn’t as good for you as they make you think. Give dad the gift he wants this father’s day, get him the Grifter 9000! What are you doing? Australia’s not going to cop it, Australia’s not going to cop it anymore! Not that plant-based eating is bad, but some of the stuff in fake-bacon is bad! Give her the gift she deserves, make her day and buy the Ultimate Somatic pack. You’re not listening. Your neck is arched down like a desk lamp. Hello! Hear the sounds of winter, tune in at 5pm nightly for the best selection of snow falling. What?! Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it. You know they're sending a moose to the moon. We are now live bringing you breaking news. Don’t be silly now. I didn’t see that on VWatch. 

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About the Author

Chris Karageorge

chris karageorge 200Chris Karageorge is a lover, brother, son, neighbour and a keen observer of all things in sight. 

He reads, writes and cooks in his spare time and dreams of coffee darker than a moonless night. 

He is from Melbourne, Victoria and can be found walking his pug Monty during the weekends.

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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 www.markwebb.name.

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.

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In The Next Issue...

Coming In Issue 273

A Farewell to the Best Friend
By Alexander Iurvetski

A Morning with Grey Clouds
By Swylmar S. Ferreira - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

A Winged Bug's Pain
By Sele Hanakusa - Translated by Toshiya Kamei

Christmas Cheer
By Stephanie Koorey

Microscopic Love
By João Ventura

Searcher
By Scott Steensma

Storm
By Tim Borella

The Author
By Chris Karageorge

The Heart
By Ovidiu Bufnilă

The Price of a Manospondylus Sandwich
By Wes Parish

AntipodeanSF May 2021

ISSUE 272

Speculative Fiction
Downside-Up
ISSN 1442-0686

Online Since Feb 1998

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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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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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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 <www.solothefirst.wordpress.com> Look for her on Facebook <www.facebook.com/WriterLaurieBell/> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

Rambles, writing and amusing musings

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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 NewMyths.com, 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 <timothygwyn.com>.

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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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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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geraldine borella 200Geraldine Borella writes adult short stories and stories for children and has been published in anthologies for both. In 2018, one of her children’s short stories placed second in The Buzz Words Short Story Prize and she won an ASA Emerging Writer’s Mentorship. She currently works part-time as a hospital pharmacist and as an online creative writing tutor.

She’s fascinated by stories that expand upon today’s technology, addressing the moral and ethical issues that might arise. Equally, she enjoys the creative freedom that writing for children allows. Right now, she’s writing a young adult novel, reworking a middle grade novel and writing adult short stories when inspiration strikes. She lives with her husband, Tim, in Yungaburra, Far North Queensland and dreams of one day taking a European gap year.

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ed erringtonAlthough a writer of the baby boom persuasion, Ed has not boomed for quite a while.

He lives with his wife plus a menagerie of non-domesticated — native Australian animals intropical North Queensland.

His writing within the ‘real’ science fiction context of COVID-19 is intermingled by long night sky vigils — searching for pesky aliens intent on maintaining their social distance to the nth degree.

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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 <alistairlloyd.com>.

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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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The Contributors

emma louise gillEmma Louise Gill is a British-Australian spec-fic writer of flash fiction and short stories.

She writes most genres (except horror, since the real world is scary enough).

Currently querying her first novel, a space opera.

She likes cats, coffee, and computers that don’t break.

Emma lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her hubby and two kids.

You can read more stories on her blog at <www.emmalouisegill.com>.

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ashley cracknell 200Ashley Cracknell is an Irish-Australian writer who lives in Sydney.

His short fiction has featured in the Honest Ulsterman and two University of Sydney Student Anthologies.

He has also dabbled in editing, for ARNA.

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chris karageorge 200Chris Karageorge is a lover, brother, son, neighbour and a keen observer of all things in sight. 

He reads, writes and cooks in his spare time and dreams of coffee darker than a moonless night. 

He is from Melbourne, Victoria and can be found walking his pug Monty during the weekends.

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Len BaglowDreams of worlds that might be, and the clash that brings them into existence.

In past lives he was a policy advocate in Canberra and an environmental activist in Queensland.

In awe of such great Australian SF authors as Glenda Larke, Garth Nix, Trudi Canarvan and Kate Forsythe, he dares to dabble in the arcane art.

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myna changMyna Chang writes flash and short stories in a variety of genres.

Her speculative fiction has been featured in Best Indie Speculative Fiction 2020, Daily Science Fiction, Antipodean SF, Mad Scientist Journal, and Twist in Time, among others.

She is the winner of the Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction for 2020.

Read more at <MynaChang.com> or find her on Twitter at <@MynaChang>.

S.A. McKenzie lives on one of the better-looking islands of New Zealand, in the earthquake-ravaged ruins of Christchurch.

After surviving more than 12,000 aftershocks she has become adept at estimating the exact magnitude of any quake based on the amount of coffee spilled.

She writes offbeat and blackly humorous science fiction and fantasy stories featuring time travelling rabbits, carnivorous unicorns and man-eating subway trains, because someone has to speak up for these misunderstood creatures.

Find her online at <www.hedgehogcircus.com>.

sculpture reiff 200AE Reiff has two recent collections, The True Light That Lights @ Parousia Reads, and Recon @ Trainwreck Press.

 

Tony Owens is an ESL teacher living in Brisbane with his wife and son.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies In Fabula-Divino, Zombies Ain’t Funny,18, Darkest Depths and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 2017’s Best Stories.

He is a proud member of the Vision Writers Group and his ultimate ambition is to find the literary sweet-spot between H.P. Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse.

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Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of two novels: The Greer Agency & A Felony of Birds. He has written dozens of short stories many of which are available on line at <quantummuse.com>. He is the author of many children’s books including At The Robot ZooMoonRivet Saves His Skin and An Alphabet Book of Bugs available in print from

CreateSpace and as ebooks for Nook & Kindle. You can find links to his writings here: <harristobias-fiction.blogspot.com>

simon petrie 200Simon Petrie, born and educated in New Zealand, now lives in the Australian Capital Territory, where he is paid to be careful with words.

He's had a few stories published before, both in AntipodeanSF and elsewhere. He has been shortlisted several times for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards, and is a three-time Sir Julius Vogel Award winner, most recently in 2018 for his SF/crime novella Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body.

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