X-Minus 1

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X Minus One was a 30 minute science fiction radio drama series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958
on NBC. It ran for a total of 125 episodes (episode guide) with one pilot or audition story.

Initially a revival of NBC’s Dimension X (1950–51), the first 15 episodes of X Minus One were new versions of Dimension X episodes but the stories for the remaining shows came from two of the most popular science fiction magazines at the time; Astounding and Galaxy. Adaptations of these stories were performed by Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. They even wrote a few original stories of their own. The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to name a few.

Included in the series were adaptations of Robert Sheckley’s “Skulking Permit,” Bradbury’s “Mars Is Heaven,” Heinlein’s “Universe” and “The Green Hills of Earth”, ” Pohl’s “The Tunnel under the World,” J. T. McIntosh’s “Hallucination Orbit,” Fritz Leiber’s “A Pail of Air” and George Lefferts’ “The Parade.”

Ernest Kinoy

The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into the following introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction):
Countdown for blastoff… X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one… Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you’ll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds.

The National Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with Street and Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents… X Minus One.

George Lefferts with actress Kim Hunter.

The series was canceled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, “The Iron Chancellor” by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series.

NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts.

 

Episodes based on stories by famous writers

Philip K Dick – “The Defenders”, “Colony”

  An Interview with Philip K. Dick (1976)
Interview with Phillip Dick

Ray Bradbury – “And The Moon Be Still As Bright”, “Mars is Heaven”, “The Veldt”, “Dwellers in Silence”, “Zero Hour”, “To the Future”, “Marionettes, Inc.”, “There Will Come Soft Rains”

  X-Minus 1  – Mars is Heaven (1955-05-08)
http://archive.org/download/OTRR_X_Minus_One_Singles/XMinusOne55-05-08003MarsIsHeaven.mp3

Isaac Asimov – “Nightfall”, “C-Chute”, “Hostess”
Robert A. Heinlein – “Universe”, “The Green Hills of Earth”, “Requiem”, “The Roads Must Roll”
L. Sprague de Camp – “A Gun for a Dinosaur”

  X-Minus 1  – A Gun for a Dinosaur (1956-03-07)
http://archive.org/download/OTRR_X_Minus_One_Singles/XMinusOne56-03-07041AGunForDinosaur.mp3

This series has survived from its original airing in high quality to be enjoyed today on the Science Fiction and Supernatural Channel at the following times: Weekdays at 03:00, 14:30, 20:30 GMT – Saturdays at 10:00, 15:30 GMT and Sundays at 06:00 and 16:00 GMT

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Dimension X

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Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast on an unsponsored, sustaining basis from April 8, 1950 to September 29, 1951. The first 13 episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were pre-recorded. Fred Wiehe and Edward King were the directors, and Norman Rose was heard as both announcer and narrator (his famous opening: “Adventures in time and space- told in future tense…”)…

Preceded by Mutual’s 2000 Plus (1950–52), Dimension X was not the first adult science fiction series on radio, but the acquisition of previously published stories immediately gave it a strong standing with the science fiction community, as did the choice of well established, respected writers in the field: Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown, Robert A. Heinlein, Murray Leinster, H. Beam Piper, Frank M. Robinson, Clifford D. Simak, William Tenn, Jack Vance, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Williamson and Donald A. Wollheim.  Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts adapted most of the stories and also provided original scripts.

It was not until the 1950s that science fiction radio really hit its stride, even as science fiction was beginning to appear on television as well. Radio programs such as Mutual’s

Ray Bradbury was amongst many 'A List' Writers on the Show!

2000 Plus and NBC’s Dimension X were anthology series that offered a variety of exciting tales of future technology, with a special focus on space exploration (including alien invasion), though both series also often reflected contemporary anxieties about the dangers of technology.

The series opened with “The Outer Limit,” an Ernest Kinoy adaptation of Graham Doar’s short story from The Saturday Evening Post (December 24, 1949), about alien contact. A week later (April 15, 1950), the program presented Jack Williamson’s most famous story, “With Folded Hands,” first published in the July 1947 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

With a five-month hiatus from January 1951 to June 1951, the series spanned 17 months. All 50 episodes of the series survived and can be heard today on the Science Fiction Channel from the ROK Classic Radio Old Time Radio Network. Later, NBC’s X Minus One (1955–58) utilized many of the same actors and scripts.

Listen NOW…. to an episode of Dimension X!

Dimension X – The Green Hills of Earth – Written by Robert A. Heinlein (adapted by Ernest Kinoy)

The Green Hills of Earth

 

Kurt Vonnegut wrote for Dimension X

 

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