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Welcome to the AntipodeanSF Radio Show, hosted by the editor of AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe, aka "Nuke" or "The Jollyfish". Ion selects the best in speculative flash fiction for these shows, with stories often narrated by the authors themselves. 

Listen in weekly to a show devoted to the presentation of flash speculative fiction stories (science fiction, fantasy, and horror).

The AntiSF Radio show also features discussions and panel presentations recorded at various speculative fiction conventions and awards ceremonies.

AntiSF is where speculative flash fiction belongs - downside up!


Apr 9, 2016

G’day and welcome to The AntipodeanSF Radio Show Cygnus A. G’day, I’m Nuke, and I’m here to introduce what is to us here in the Sol system, one of the strongest radio sources in the sky. It was discovered by Grote Reber in 1939. Later, in 1951, Cygnus A was identified with an optical source, in this case becoming the first radio galaxy. Something big’s happening at Cygnus A, since two radio jets extend many times its width, easily visible even though we’re 600 million light years away, and there are two intense hot spots at the far edge of the jets, where ejected material is colliding with the intergalactic medium. If you’ve read Contact, by Carl Sagan — and why haven’t you if that’s the case, go and get on with that soon.

Now. Where was I. Oh yes. In Contact, Cygnus A makes an appearance as the result of intelligences actively creating a galaxy.

Creation. That’s what we’re all about here on the show. So let’s do it. Two stories today from Issue 212 of AntipodeanSF magazine, a story that’s perhaps a gender-bender, and the second with a bend in the details.


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Music Credits:

Gregoire Lourme - Cinematic Volumes 1 to 8 - Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike CC BY-NC-SA

Bandintexas - The Scientist

Luke Escombe - Devil