Lonely Hearts Of The Spinward Ring

By Paddy Kelly

sfgenreSlender, sap-filled Graan, seen at Transept Majora last sixday. You apologised for your scent modulation, we exchanged looks of amusement. Me, grey-furred Alpandra in limbcage. Cannot forget you. Meeting for social fluid intake? I am low gravity, but high fun.

 Partner, Okoli, wanted before next cold cycle. Gene strand thirteen, or any odd number. Low metabolism an advantage. Food stockpiled. Will need own hibernation booth. No time wasters.

Dominant seeks prey. Species of small importance. With whole head. Full submission for reward and joy. You will contact me! Ref 3324.

Tired of lightweights? Then join the Absikka high-g club. Meet every fourday in Rim Lounge Five where anything goes. No corrosive bodily fluids. No parasites or symbiotes. Full-spectrum city-certified tests required. All heavy gravity species welcome. No rollers.

Lurf, single, slim, varied interests, pre-third moulting, seeks other Lurf from seaward or greyside clans, fifth moulting or earlier, with a view to interaction, coupling, birthing, death, recombination, illumination, synthesis, transcendence. Sense of humour a plus.

Kind servant seeks bipedal partner for soft games. All your orders will be obeyed. Large size, much muscle. Contact! Ref 3324.

Hungry? Graan, in bloom, seeks herbivore for all-over eating fun. Start with grazing, see where it goes from there. Fast regrowth, varied crop, moist stems. Discretion guaranteed.

Just out of a long-term thing, in the mood to experiment. Surprise me. Whatever you got, I'll take it, if you just show me how. Fast learner. Aquatic, shelled, whatever. No rollers.

Seeking mate. Slim-limbed. Enjoy conversing, eating of solids, aimless walking. Warm comfortable nest. Body fat preferred. Ref 3324.

Young, fun and full of … credits? Then here's your chance! Female human seeks buddy for wild wetworld safari. Athletic build a must. Two skinsuits already purchased, spare one is STA size seventeen. Are you the body to fill it? Then don't wait, pling me now!

Music lessons in return for company. Quiet location. Sound-proofed! Good rates for large singles. You will respond! Ref 3324.

Dance partner wanted, in medium-g ranges. Four legs preferred, two considered. Three allowed. No tails. Skin pH 6-7. Visible nipples or equivalent an advantage. Fur, but not coarse. No weirdos.

Ground-dwelling Happak needs skydweller for hide-hunt and whatever else might happen. Declawed a must. Bruising allowed. Large sim grove, fully equipped, high roof, almost like real thing. Fresh meat, warm symblood for games. Strike now and rip out this still-beating heart.

Pleasure synthetic. Seeks companion. Days off. Talking. Trading orones. Sensory bleeds. All considered. No sex. Contact now. No sex.

Problems keeping pollination rates up? Hive of Zoope searching for your nectar, willing to try anything once. Experience with a dozen plant races, have references. Discrete meetings guaranteed and results delivered. Get that buzz back in your flowering buds. No rollers.

Hungry! For love. Come to me and have it. All you want. It waits here. We do all and I devour you. With love. Respond! Ref 3324.

Methane breathers, seek different gases? Full suite of many gases, all atmospheres, joy in your place, in return for so little. Full knowledge, bodies and minds. None leave without joy. Fatality at own risk. Call mornings.

Human male, 40s, needs travel partner for wetworld safari. Have ticket, you'll need to get your own. Anything bipedal considered. A plus if you have an extra skinsuit. STA size nineteen. Maybe twenty.

Roller, looking for love. All of interest. Anything. Please call.

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About The Author

Paddy Kelly

paddy kelly 200Paddy Kelly was born in Ireland and narrowly avoided being a farmer. A romantic accident moved him to Sweden where he remains to this day, now a huge fan of standing in line, wind-driven snow and fermented fish. A porridge connoisseur, he also dances Lindy Hop and Belly Dance. Bonus fact: Paddy has, on several occasions, had his arm all the way inside a cow.



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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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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 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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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 <wordsbydavid.com>

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laurie bell 150Laurie Bell lives in Melbourne, Australia. She spent years writing and making audio plays with her sister using an old tape player. Life is a performance! She is a singer and has performed on stage once for her local theatre company. Now she helps out as a volunteer. She loves to read her stories out loud to anyone who will listen. She has recorded several audio readings of her own short stories here at Antipodean SF and is now a member of the audio team.

You can read more of her work on her blog Look for her on Facebook <www.facebook.com/WriterLaurieBell/?fref=ts> or Twitter: <@LaurienotLori>

Laurie's debut book The Butterfly Stone will be published in Autumn (Aus) 2018 and another titled Blood Fever will be published in Winter (Aus) 2018.

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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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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 <https://garrydean.wordpress.com>

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AntiSF Author Eugen M. Bacon Publishes Two New Anthologies

Antipodean SF author Eugen Bacon has published two new speculative fiction anthologies:

Dying & Other Stories, <http://www.fiction4all.com/books/b13195-dying-and-other-stories.htm>. Literary speculative fiction that offers up death. Dirges that cross genre.

Thirteen Wicked Tales, <http://www.fiction4all.com/books/b13148-thirteen-wicked-tales.htm>. A collection of literary speculative fiction by Fiction4All

Congrats AntiSF Author Laurie Bell...

Laurie Bell is set to have two new novels published in 2018. One is an adult sci-fi noir thriller novel "Blood Fever" through Incendia Books, and the other is a young adult urban fantasy "The Butterfly Stone" from Wyvern's Peak Publishing.

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Walker Stalker Convention: Walking Dead convention The Dome at Sydney Showgrounds. 3-4 February 2018 and 10-11 February 2018 Melbourne Showgrounds. <http://walkerstalkercon.com/sydney/>.

Confurgence 2018: Furry convention 23-25 February 2018. Amora Hotel Riverwalk, Melbourne. <http://ausfancons.com/confurgence/>

Swancon 2018 (Natcon): Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth. This is the 2018 Australian National Convention: “Transmogrification”, (Easter) 29  March to 02 April 2018 . Guests: Kameron Hurley, Ryan Griffen, Barb de la Hunty.  More information: <http://swancon.com.au/>

Continuum XIV: Conjugation. Melbourne’s SF Convention. 8th – 11th June, 2018. More information: <http://www.continuum.org.au/>.

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