OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 31 Shows
Total Playtime: 13:21:36
INCLUDES THE AUDITION SHOW AND THE FIRST 10 EPISODES OF DIMENSION X
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC.
Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with some original scripts by Kinoy and Lefferts.
Episodes of the show include 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."
The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into this 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.
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. All episodes of the show survive.
In November 2008, Counter-Productions Theatre Company in Boston, became the first theatre company to stage three episodes, "The Parade," "A Logic Named Joe" and "Hallucination Orbit."
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X Minus One 57-08-15 (107) At the Post
X Minus One 57-08-22 (108) Drop Dead
X Minus One 57-08-29 (109) Volpla
X Minus One 57-09-05 (110) Saucer of Loneliness - Remake
X Minus One 57-09-12 (111) The Old Die Rich - Repeat
X Minus One 57-09-19 (112) Tsylana
X Minus One 57-09-26 (113) The Native Problem
X Minus One 57-10-03 (114) A Wind Is Rising
X Minus One 57-10-10 (115) Death Wish
X Minus One 57-10-17 (116) Point of Departure
X Minus One 57-10-24 (117) The Light
X Minus One 57-10-31 (118) Lulu
X Minus One 57-11-21 (119) The Coffin Cure
X Minus One 57-11-28 (120) Shock Troop
X Minus One 57-12-12 (121) The Haunted Corpse
X Minus One 57-12-19 (122) Double Dare
X Minus One 57-12-26 123 Target One
X Minus One 58-01-02 (124) Prime Difference
X Minus One 58-01-09 (125) Gray Flannel Armor
X Minus One 73-01-27 The Iron Chancellor
X Minus One 55-04-22 And the Moon Be Still as Bright - Audition
Dimension X 1950-04-08 01 Outer Limit
Dimension X 1950-04-15 02 With Folded Hands
Dimension X 1950-04-22 03 Report on Barnhous eEffect
Dimension X 1950-04-29 04 No Contact
Dimension X 1950-05-06 05 Knock
Dimension X 1950-05-13 06 Almost Human
Dimension X 1950-05-20 07 The Lost Race
Dimension X 1950-05-27 08 To the Future
Dimension X 1950-06-03 09 Embassy
Dimension X 1950-06-10 10 The Green Hills Of Earth