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Adventures in time and space...told in future tense!
 DIMENSION X…X…X…x…x…x…


When you heard the authoritative voice of host and narrator Norman Rose, the echoing “X”, and the subsequent music, you knew your mind was about to be transported to somewhere fantastic.

Dimension-X began its radio anthology on April 08, 1950 and ran for 50 episodes, five of which were rebroadcasts. On July 07, 1950 General Mills for Wheaties began to advertise during the program, otherwise the time slot was sustained.

Prior to the inception of Dimension-X the only adult science fiction on radio had been the less successful Two Thousand Plus (March 15-1950-January 02, 1952). Most of the early S-F and fantasy radio shows, such as Flash Gordon (April-October 1935), The Adventures of Superman (February 12, 1940-March 01, 1951), and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (November 07, 1932-March 28, 1947) had been geared more toward juveniles and touched on much lighter subjects. NBC producers noticed the potential within the pulps, particularly Astounding Science Fiction Magazine, for more adult-themed stories and provoking scenarios. They also played upon the popularity of UFO’s, which had seen a resounding spike after the Roswell incident, and the seemingly limitless sources of energy brought on by the Atomic Age.

In order to serve up the best stories, NBC gathered up the leading science fiction authors of the time such as Ray Bradbury, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut, and Fletcher Pratt. Other lesser-known authors were also used along with radio script adaptors Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. Some may even argue that Kinoy had the best original story in the run entitled “The Martian Death March” in which he drew inspiration from real-life Native American events.

In 1950 Dimension-X teamed up with George Pal Productions so that both could promote the story “Destination Moon” by Robert Heinlein. Destination-X first aired the radio story on June 24, 1950, just three days before New York released the 92-minute movie staring John Archer, Tom Powers, Warner Anderson, Dick Wesson, and Erin O’Brien-Moore.

Although theater and television had its place in promoting the genre, science fiction and radio were still able to hit places of the imagination that the screen couldn’t reach…and no one proved that more than the talented team behind Dimension-X.

Two, mostly three, sound effects guys worked on the show in a two story high building that included top of the line equipment and musical instruments. However great the special effects were during the shows…and they were great…it truly was the writing that kept audiences coming back for more. Unfortunately, due to poor scheduling and inconsistent releases, Dimension-X was cancelled after the September 29, 1951 episode.

Listed are all fifty episodes with a little information on each one such as who wrote the original story, who adapted it for radio, and a few of the many stars of each performance.

Now it’s time for your mind’s rocket ship to take you on a journey to another reality…another wave of time…another future.

Welcome to DIMENSION X…X…X…x…x…x…


Dimension X Episode Guide


Date Aired: 04/08/50

Episode Number: 1

Title: The Outer Limit

Synopsis: A tale of an experimental rocket aircraft, which disappears for ten hours when it only had enough fuel for a ten-minute flight. The returning pilot tells his incredible story of contact with unknown beings from another world.

Notes: Original story by Graham Doar. Adapted for radio by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Joseph Julian, Wendell Holmes, and Joe De Santis. Script used on "X Minus One" on November 16, 1955.


Date Aired: 04/15/50

Episode Number: 2

Title: With Folded Hands

Synopsis: A story about robots made to serve man, but which are inefficient and incompetent until a new brand appears for sale.

Notes: Original story by Jack Williamson. Script by John Dossell. Starring Alexander Scourby, Philip Bourneuf, and Peter Capell.


Date Aired: 04/22/50

Episode Number: 3

Title: Report on the Barnhouse Effect

Synopsis: A college professor makes a report of his association with the man who developed the ability to alter events and physical objects through the use of telekinesis.

Notes: Original story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Script by Claris Ross. Starring William Quinn, Edwin Jerome, and Karl Weber.


Date Aired: 04/29/50

Episode Number: 4

Title: No Contact

Synopsis: A trip to the “Galactic Barrier”, which the Earth ships have crashed against... or that's what Earth thinks!

Notes: Script by George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy. Starring Luis van Rooten, Donald Buka and Cameron Prud’Homme. Script used on “X Minus One" on April 24, 1955.


Date Aired: 05/06/50

Episode Number: 5

Title: Knock

Synopsis: The last man on Earth sat in a room. There was a knock on the door.

Notes: Original story by Frederic Brown. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Luis Van Rooten and Joan Alexander. Script used on "X Minus One" on May 22, 1955.


Date Aired: 05/13/50

Episode Number: 6

Title: Almost Human

Synopsis: A large robot developed specifically for killing begins to think for itself and grow a conscience.

Notes: Original story by Robert Bloch. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Rita Lynn and Santos Ortega. Script used on "X Minus One" on August 11, 1955.


Date Aired: 05/20/50

Episode Number: 7

Title: The Lost Race

Synopsis: A spaceship marooned on an alien planet discovers ruins from an ancient race that once lived throughout the galaxy.

Notes: Original story by Murray Leinster. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Matt Crowley and Joseph Julian. Script used on "X Minus One" on December 14, 1955.


Date Aired: 05/27/50

Episode Number: 8

Title: To the Future

Synopsis: “Searchers” are sent after a couple that traveled back in time to 1950 to escape the horror of war during their time.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury entitled “The Fox and the Forest”. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring John Larkin, Staats Cotsworth, Joe De Santis, and Jan Minor. Script used on "X Minus One" on December 14, 1955.


Date Aired: 06/03/50

Episode Number: 9

Title: The Embassy

Synopsis: A man hires a private investigator with a plea for help to find the Martian Embassy hidden in New York.

Notes: Original story by Donald A. Wollheim. Adapted by George Lefferts. Starring Joseph Julian, and Daniel Ocko.


Date Aired: 06/10/50

Episode Number: 10

Title: The Green Hills of Earth

Synopsis: The story of Rhysling, blind singer of the space ways, and his journey back to Earth.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Starring Norman Rose. Script used on "X Minus One" on July 7, 1955.


Date Aired: 06/17/50

Episode Number: 11

Title: There Will Come Soft Rains, Zero Hour

Synopsis: The first tale is a story of an automated house of the future. The second tale is about an upcoming “Drill” and children playing a strange game all over the country called "Invasion". Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Denise Alexander, Rita Lynn, and Butch Cavell. Scripts used on "X Minus One" December 5, 1956.


Date Aired: 06/24/50

Episode Number: 12

Title: Destination Moon

Synopsis: The story about the first journey to the moon.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Starring Santos Ortega and Norman Rose. Adapted from George Pal’s movie “Destination Moon”. In the original airing a War Bulletin plays about eighteen minutes through announcing that Korea has declared war on South Korea.


Date Aired: 07/01/50

Episode Number: 13

Title: A Logic Named Joe

Synopsis: The tale of Joe, a logic machine developed to help man, but which begins to do everything too well for their users.

Notes: Original story by Murray Leinster. Script by Clarice Ross. Starring David Anderson, Fred Collins, Joseph Julian, and Roger De Koven. War Bulletin at start. Script used on “X Minus One” December 28, 1955.


Date Aired: 07/07/50

Episode Number: 14

Title: Mars Is Heaven

Synopsis: A tale of mankind’s first expedition to mars and their arrival on April 20, 1987.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Peter Capell, Luke Appling, and Charme Allen. Script used on "X Minus One" on May 8, 1955.


Date Aired: 07/14/50

Episode Number: 15

Title: The Man in the Moon

Synopsis: The police Missing Persons Bureau receive an S.O.S. from the moon and a planned invasion of Earth.

Notes: Script by George Lefferts. Starring Luis Van Rooten, Norman Rose, and Joe De Santis. Script used on "X Minus One" on May 29, 1955.


Date Aired: 07/21/50

Episode Number: 16

Title: Beyond Infinity

Synopsis: A scientist invents a machine that shrinks a couple to atomic size. Adventure begins when they land in an atomic universe.

Notes: Original story by Vidiers Gearson. Starring Joe De Santis, Lotte Stavisky, E. A. Krumschmidt, and William Keene.



Date Aired: 07/28/50

Episode Number: 17

Title: The Potters of Firsk

Synopsis: A story about natives of a remote world, controlled by Earth, who are secretive about the beautiful and unusual pottery they make, and for a good reason.

Notes: Original story was written by Jack Vance and appeared in the May 1950 issue of Astounding. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Karl Weber, Luke Appling, and Ed Prentiss.


Date Aired: 08/04/50

Episode Number: 18

Title: Perigi's Wonderful Dolls

Synopsis: The story of a young girl and her mother, a Washington official, who finds a doll shop that produces sinister talking dolls.

Notes: Original script by George Lefferts. Starring Denise Alexander, Joan Alexander, and Joe De Santis. Script used on "X Minus One" on June 5, 1955 and on January 18, 1956.


Date Aired: 08/11/50

Episode Number: 19

Title: The Castaways

Synopsis: The story begins with the test of a new A-Bomb on the island of Tahani Atoll. Military officials begin having trouble with the natives who will not leave because their ancestors were "Castaways" from the "Bird Canoe", and begin committing suicide.

Notes: Script by George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy. Starring Santos Ortega, Daniel Ocko, and Greg Morton. Script used on "X Minus One" on September 15, 1955 and November 28, 1956.


Date Aired: 08/18/50

Episode Number: 20

Title: The Martian Chronicles

Synopsis: Tales of the colonization of Mars. A tall man that came from the third planet from the sun visited Eela in her dream, but the Martians knew that Earth contained too much oxygen to support any kind of life.

Notes: Original story, and hosted by, Ray Bradbury. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Inge Adams, Roger De Koven, and Donald Buka.


Date Aired: 08/25/50

Episode Number: 21

Title: The Parade

Synopsis: An interesting tale involving a Martian wanting to hire an ad agency to stage a parade, which will herald their arrival to Earth on June 1st. Is the million dollar advertising campaign for a new Hollywood movie or is something more spectacular going to happen?

Notes: Original script by George Lefferts. Starring Joseph Curten, Edwin Jerome, and Alexander Scourby. Script used on “X Minus One: on May 1, 1955 and January 1, 1956.


Date Aired: 09/01/50

Episode Number: 22

Title: The Roads Must Roll

Description: Drama about a future when giant rolling roads and the engineers who maintain them replaces cars and trucks.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Joseph Boland, Norman Rose, and Karl Weber. Script used on "X Minus One" on January 4, 1956.


Date Aired: 09/08/50

Episode Number: 23

Title: First Contact (Rebroadcast of 04/08/50)

Synopsis: A tale of an experimental rocket aircraft, which disappears for ten hours when it only had enough fuel for a ten-minute flight. The returning pilot tells his incredible story of contact with unknown beings from another world.

Notes: Original story by Graham Doar. Adapted for radio by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Joseph Julian and Joe De Santis. Script used on "X Minus One" on November 16, 1955.


Date Aired: 50/09/15

Episode Number: 24

Title: Hello Tomorrow

Synopsis: This story takes place in the fourth millennium, long after the atomic wars of the second millennium have ravaged the surface. In the subterranean society, the atomic outcast mutants, and the genetically pure humans, mate scientifically.

Notes: Original story by George Lefferts. The show starred Donald Buka and Nancy Olson. War Bulletin at Start.


Date Aired: 09/22/50

Episode Number: 25

Title: Dr. Grimshaw's Sanatorium

Synopsis: The narrator describes a story that is either a hoax or a factual explanation of the famous 1947 Grimshaw Sanatorium scandal.

Notes: Original story by Fletcher Pratt first appeared in the May 1934 Amazing Stories. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Karl Weber and Edwin Jerome. Script used on "X Minus One" on July 14, 1955.


Date Aired: 09/29/50

Episode Number: 26

Title: And the Moon Be Still as Bright

Synopsis: An expedition to Mars finds all the Martians dead from chickenpox, brought by earlier expeditions from Earth. The Earthmen act in callous disregard of the exotic artifacts left behind, all except for one.

Notes: Story adapted from Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles”. Hosted by Ray Bradbury. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Alexander Scourby, Daniel Ocko, and Joseph Julian.


Date Aired: 10/28/50

Episode Number: 27

Title: No Contact (Rebroadcast of 04/29/50)

Synopsis: A trip to the “Galactic Barrier”, which the Earth ships have crashed against... or that's what Earth thinks!

Notes: Script by George Lefferts and Ernest Kinoy. Starring Luis van Rooten, Donald Buka, and Cameron Prud’Homme. Script used on “X Minus One" on April 24, 1955.


Date Aired: 11/05/50

Episode Number: 28

Title: The Professor Was a Thief

Synopsis: With the power to make things disappear, a strange man starts with Grant’s Tomb, then moves on to the Empire State Building, and Grand Central Station.

Note: Original story by L. Ron Hubbard. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Arthur Maitland, John Larkin, and Bob Hastings.


Date Aired: 11/12/50

Episode Number: 29

Title: Shanghaied

Synopsis: Tale about a man who is kidnapped on the evening before he is to be married and put on a star ship as a crewman for a fifteen-year journey.

Notes: Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring John Sylvester and Bill Griffis. Script used on "X Minus One" on September 1, 1955.


Date Aired: 11/19/50

Episode Number: 30

Title: Competition

Synopsis: A story about passengers on an immigration spaceship from Earth that are going to various worlds within an area of space called the Red Stars, which span 200 light years across.

Notes: Original story by E. Mayne Hull. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Les Tremayne and Elaine Ross.


Date Aired: 11/26/50

Episode Number: 31

Title: Universe

Synopsis: A tale about inhabitants of a giant spaceship that have been living on it foe several generations. The people cannot imagine any other life than their ship.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Mason Adams and Peter Capell.



Date Aired: 12/24/50

Episode Number: 32

Title: The Green Hills of Earth (Rebroadcast of 06/10/50)

Synopsis: The story is preceded by a Christmas message from President Truman. The story of Rhysling, blind singer of the space ways, and his journey back to Earth.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Starring Norman Rose. Script used on "X Minus One" on July 7, 1955.


Date Aired: 01/07/51

Episode Number: 33

Title: Mars Is Heaven (Rebroadcast of 07/07/50)

Synopsis: A tale of mankind’s first expedition to mars and their arrival on April 20, 1987.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Peter Capell, Luke Appling, and Charme Allen. Script used on "X Minus One" on May 8, 1955.


Date Aired: 01/14/51

Episode Number: 34

Title: The Martian Death March

Synopsis: An Earthman’s recollection of an incident in his youth when he accompanied some of the last surviving Martians on their final trek from the Earth-imposed reservations, back to their ancestral mountain homes.

Notes: Original story by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Nelson Olmsted, Ralph Camargo, Fred Collins, and Lawson Zerbe. Script used on X Minus One" on September 8, 1955 and November 14, 1956.


Date Aired: 06/03/51

Episode Number: 35

Title: The Last Objective

Synopsis: A tale of the future subterranean wars brought on by a destructive mankind. Radiation from atomic missiles has driven people underground in order to survive.

Notes: Original story by Paul Carter. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Jack Grimes, Wendell Holmes, and Ralph Bell.


Date Aired: 06/10/51

Episode Number: 36

Title: Nightmare

Synopsis: Tale of a computer operator's discovery of an alarmingly increasing rate of mysterious accidents that are all adding up to machines attempting to overthrow their masters.

Notes: Based on the poem “Revolt of the Machines” by Stephan Vincent Benet. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Joseph Julian, Joe De Santis, and Rita Lynn. Script used on "X Minus One" on July 21, 1955.


Date Aired: 06/17/51

Episode Number: 37

Title: A Pebble in the Sky

Synopsis: A tale of when Earth is an unimportant radioactive planet inhabited by inferiors, while the Empire consists of two hundred million civilized worlds spread across the galaxy.

Notes: Original story by Isaac Asimov. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Santos Ortega and Susan Douglas. Includes five minutes of information about the Korean War.


Date Aired: 06/24/51

Episode Number: 38

Title: Child's Play

Synopsis: A humorous tale of a man who receives a "build-a-man kit" from the future.

Notes: Original story by William Tenn. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Leon Janney, Karl Weber, and Patsy Campbell. Script used on "X Minus One" on October 20, 1955.


Date Aired: 07/12/51

Episode Number: 39

Title: Time and Time Again

Synopsis: A bomb wounds a soldier fighting during World War III in 1975 and is transported back to 1945 where he is thirteen years old again, complete with memory of the future.

Notes: Original story by H. Beam Piper. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring David Anderson and Joseph Curtin. Script used on "X Minus One" on January 11, 1956.


Date Aired: 07/19/51

Episode Number: 40

Title: Dwellers in Silence

Synopsis: A spaceship from Mars lands on Earth twenty years after it was abandoned because of a devastating nuclear war.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Peter Capell and Gertrude Warner. Script used on "X Minus One" on November 10, 1955.


Date Aired: 07/26/51

Episode Number: 41

Title: Courtesy

Synopsis: Earth explorers on the planet Landro are dying from a plague, and the only ones with the key to survival are the natives.

Notes: Original story by Clifford Simak. Starring Billy Gray and William Zuckert. Script used on "X Minus One" August 18, 1955.


Date Aired: 08/02/51

Episode Number: 42

Title: Universe (Rebroadcast of 11/26/50)

Synopsis: A tale about inhabitants of a giant spaceship that have been living on it foe several generations. The people cannot imagine any other life than their ship.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Script by George Lefferts. Starring Mason Adams and Peter Capell.

Date Aired: 08/09/51

Episode Number: 43

Title: The Veldt

Synopsis: A tale of a technologically advanced house that can rotate 90-degrees on its axis, a nursery with virtual reality, and machines to aid in everyday life.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Leslie Wood, Bill Quinn, Joan Alexander and Leslie Woods. Script used on "X Minus One" on August 4, 1955.


Date Aired: 08/16/51

Episode Number: 44

Title: The Vital Factor

Synopsis: A cold-hearted millionaire is determined to conquer space at any cost.

Notes: Original story by Nelson Bond. Script by Howard Rodman. Starring Raymond Edward Johnson, Luis Van Rooten, and John McGovern. Script used on "X Minus One" on November 30, 1955.


Date Aired: 08/23/51

Episode Number: 45

Title: Untitled Story

Synopsis: A wealthy politician purchases “The Elixir of Life”, which is said to keep him alive for 100 years. But an anonymous phone call keeps him wondering if the elixir is for real or a deadly poison.

Notes: Original story by Frank M. Robinson first appeared in the September 1951 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Script by George Lefferts. Starring George Petrie, Ann Sargent and Bernard Lenrow.


Date Aired: 08/30/51

Episode Number: 46

Title: Marionettes, Inc

Synopsis: A future story about a man who buys a humanoid robot that is an exact replica of himself. The man then uses the robot to stand in for him with his wife while he’s out with friends.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Script by George Lefferts. The cast included Kermit Murdock, Martin Rudy and Ross Martin. Script used on "X Minus One" on December 21, 1955.


Date Aired: 09/08/51

Episode Number: 47

Title: First Contact

Synopsis: Two ships meet in a remote galaxy, one human and one alien. Neither ship will leave for fear of the other following them back to their home world.

Notes: Original story by Murray Leinster and first appeared in the November 1945 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Script by Howard Rodman.



Date Aired: 09/15/51

Episode Number: 48

Title: Kaleidoscope

Synopsis: A tale of a space disaster that leaves the crew ejected throughout space.

Notes: Original story by Ray Bradbury. Story by George Lefferts. Starring Joan Alexander, Joe De Santis, and Leon Janney.


Date Aired: 09/22/51

Episode Number: 49

Title: Requiem

Synopsis: The tale of an old, wealthy man that wants to travel to the moon before he dies.

Notes: Original story by Robert A. Heinlein. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring William Quinn, Rod Hendrickson, and Own Jordan.


Date Aired: 09/29/51

Episode Number: 50

Title: Nightfall

Synopsis: A distant planet rotates around six suns and is under constant sunlight…until now. As the first night in almost 2500 years approaches, the inhabitants begin to worry, as records of the last night do not exist.

Notes: Original story by Isaac Asimov. Script by Ernest Kinoy. Starring Cameron Prud’Homme, Lyle Sudrow, and John McGovern. Script used on "X Minus One" on December 7, 1955.


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