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Flying potatoes and all, Issue 200 looms with a vengeance — and it's coming together well.
There's still room for more, though, and I urge you all to get those submissions in soon. Perhaps you and your story will be selected to form a part of the celebration of Australia's longest running online speculative fiction e-zine.
I'd especially like to see submissions from those with first-time publication credit with AntiSF. There are many of you out there. Similarly, I'm calling for submissions from those with a former history of regular contribution.
Get them in soon, right here — where down-under speculative flash fiction belongs.
That's it. Signing off and reading more stories from my submission queue.
Meanwhile, enjoy a ten-strong feast of fiction in Issue 196.
Till next we orbit each other at the outer edges of the Great Attractor, the centre of Laniakea.
The stones appeared without warning during the night. On the city sidewalks and suburban streets, in the parks, even in country towns. They were smooth and warm, with all the colours of the rainbow that swirled and whispered when held in the palm of an inquisitive hand.
A street cleaner in Manhattan was the first to find one, to hear the voices. They were hushed at first, like conversations drifting from distant rooms.
"Thomas, I'm hungry! No, I'm starving!"
Thomas looked at the fretting eight-year-old boy. Nowadays, with so much junk food advertising everywhere you turned — the TV, billboards, thumbphones, auto tellers, and sky-screens — most parents would consider it a testament to his good parenting that young James was not overweight.
They started finding them all over the place. All the victims were men. Many were ageing fellows with science degrees, or an avid interest in computers. Many had Star Trek video collections, and in at least one case, Blake's 7. A few of the victims seemed to have known each other, at least many years ago, mostly through casual meetings at science fiction conventions.
Once Sharon started her second cup of coffee, she felt awake enough to check her mail. She called up the display before her eyes, and she quickly disposed of the spam.
After reading and replying to the few real messages, she logged into her bank account. The amount was lower than she expected.
The alien waved its arms, and pointing to itself said, "Thek."
My XO and I were thrilled that this first encounter was going so well. We assumed the alien was telling us its name, so we introduced ourselves. I pointed to myself and said in a loud, clear voice, "Captain Harper."
Following the death of her husband and son, Janelle sought grief counselling for herself and her two daughters.
The two male counsellors mostly listened. They were good at it. Janelle felt a burden lifting from her shoulders.
Dedicated, naturally, to the Bloodhound Gang, the Butthole Surfers, and the Offspring, of course...
The woman we had come to see was deformed, grimy, and hardly met our eyes. I could barely keep my eyes off some of the more obvious deformities.
I made as if to spit. This is Year 1010 After Devastation. This is what the mighty have become, this is the depths the mighty have fallen into?
Murder of Crows
by Jeremy Szal
by Jason Butterfield
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by Kevin J. Phyland
Hatracks & Junkyards
by Tom Grayhorse
The Bay It Buzz
by Harris Tobias
The Severed Finger
by Grant Terry
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How Fluffy Ruined My Reputation
Focus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction hit the virtual shelves on October 1, 2014. The second of an annual series, Focus 2013 collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards shortlisting.
Focus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction features work by...
D.K. Mok – "Morning Star"
Juliet Marillier – "By Bone-Light"
Joanne Anderton – "Mah Song"
Thoraiya Dyer – "Seven Days in Paris"
Tansy Rayner Roberts – "Cold White Daughter"
C.S. McMullen – "The Nest"
Cat Sparks – "Scarp"
Kaaron Warren – "Air, Water and the Grove"
Kirstyn McDermott – "The Home for Broken Dolls"
Kathleen Jennings – Illustrations and cover art
Finalists for the 2014 European Utopiales Prize have been announced.
Juste à temps, Philippe Curval (La Volte)
7 secondes pour devenir un aigle, Thomas Day (Le Bélial)
Sumerki, Dmitry Glukhovsky (L'Atalante)
L'Opéra de Shaya, Sylvie Lainé, (Actusf) La longue terre, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (L'Atalante)
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Streetlight Genies - by Nick Hoins
The Reluctant Knight - by Mark English
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Teacher's Pet - by Arthur M Doweyko
The Uses of Lemmings - by Wes Parish
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Alioth October 18
Heartbeat - by Rebeccca Fraser
Shijo's Face - by Tom Grayhorse
Time & Time Again - by Ed Errington
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