The Stories

By Chris Cole

sfgenreIn hindsight, the opponents of the Reykjavik laws never really had much of a chance. What began as a suggestion, a “What if…?” in Iceland in the late twenty-teens had, predictably, stirred up a hornet’s nest of social and tabloid media vitriol. But the first bills allowing and protecting the active screening of all pregnancies, not just those proceeding from in vitro fertilisation, for all known genetic defects and diseases slipped almost unnoticed through the legislature of several countries, and states.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreOnce I used to slap mosquitoes and flies, and occasionally I killed some.

I came to learn that they are just critters. They have tiny lives of their own. They do what they need to survive and in turn they must defend themselves against bigger predators.

I used to hate spiders. Arachnophobia.

By Robert W. Caldwell

sfgenre“It will hurt the Inuit economy.”

The mousy-haired girl had been lecturing us for at least ten minutes, half-empty wine glass sloshing its contents with each emphatic pronouncement of doom.

“And the growing ice cap will close off the Northwest Passage,” Claire continued.

I watched the sun set over the ocean. At least with the onset of darkness I wouldn’t be able to see the water three hundred feet below through the concave floor of the clear bubble.

By Ken Schweda

sfgenreProfessor Timmons never thought he’d end up like this. Graduating college at age sixteen, PhD in computer science and AI at nineteen. Then straight to the best AI company in the world. Unfortunately, the founder of AITech was also a prodigy in her day and believed that everyone, without exception, started at the bottom.

His office, if one could call it that, consisted of two partitions arranged in the back of the company’s large spare parts warehouse. No matter how many times he complained about the fumes from the trucks that regularly entered and exited the area, the response was always the same — our robots don’t have functioning noses.

By Hari Navarro

sfgenreI sit naked and shivering against a wall in the old milk factory and inhale the gagging scent of his semen. It sticks, drying and contracting my skin in the heavy twilight as a single blood-flecked feather lays at the curl of my toes.

They arrived in a wedge that blocked out the sun. Tracked from the very edge of the solar system, a mass so immense that it had us resolved to extinction, wiped out like the great lizards beneath the crush of some nameless and errant celestial rock.

By Col Hellmuth

sfgenreThe only sounds to be heard were the low, muffled drone from a distant and well-silenced generator that could be more felt than heard, and the intake and exhalation of air — slightly less rich in oxygen — from a single pair of lungs, a sound normally buried below the general noise level of life. In the confined area it seemed almost deafening.

Two figures could just be made out in silhouette by the dim orange glow from the thickly laminated, leaded-glass portal they were standing by — had there been anyone else left to see them. Neither moved perceptibly.

By Salvatore Difalco

sfgenreLeft rear malfunction. Hoof frog cracked, fetlock detached. Took it to the FixTube for repair. Botmech said I needed a new left quarter. None in stock — on order. Botmech detached my damaged quarter and issued a chit. I took it.

“Return in 72 hours.”

“How will I exercise?”

“You still have three.”

By Ferne Merrylees

sfgenre“I’m running away.” Nero slumped against the wall, hands braced against his thighs as he shook his head, droplets of sweat flicking from his cheekbones.

“Run away from the circus? Isn’t that what they used to do back on Dirt?” Helios, who’s offstage name was Arthur — call me Art —, handed him a bottle of water. Nero took a mouthful, swirled the sour tasting swill around his teeth before spitting into a potted shrub.

“They had the right idea.” Nero poured the rest of the water over his head. It streaked his makeup, but it needed to be redone anyway.

By Robert David

sfgenreDown at the foot of the hill below Sven, scattered workers return from their shifts. It has been a long day. Now, neither light nor dark claims to master the oil wells on the nearby fields, and a fine yet distant music arises from the folds of the surrounding hills.

It seems to Sven that has seen this twilight amethyst shine before — or perhaps it is only an illusion, a sensation, a reflection of moon — the air thin, silence echoing in a stream of notes like the fall of low tonalities escaping from the vocal cords of a selfish master.

By Wes Parish

sfgenre"You again! Lieutenant Tracy Fraser!" growled the US Marine leading the squad I was assigned to. "If it wasn't for you damn liaison types we'd have got the last terrorist we saw."

That had happened because I doubted rummaging through rubbish bins at the Darwin Racecourse was in fact terrorism.

"At least he ran."

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pixie willo 100Pixie is a voice actor, cabaret performer & slam poet From the Blue Mountains in NSW.

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She is the author of The Butterfly Stone (available now).

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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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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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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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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.

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