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Dimension-X Gets A Revival…Well Sort Of.




"Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one... Fire! 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 present…

X-X-x-x…

MINUS-MINUS-minus-minus…

ONE-ONE-one-one…


The 1950’s were a high time for science fiction in movies, television shows, print, and of course radio. After the cancellation of Dimension-X in 1951, executives at NBC began to realize that they needed a radio program that featured hardcore science fiction as well as some light-hearted stories. So on April 22, 1955 X-Minus One hit the airways with an audition episode and subsequently moved into their regularly scheduled spot on April 24, 1955.

Largely considered a revival or extension of Dimension-X, X-Minus One rebroadcast many of the Dimension-X scripts an even employed Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts once again to adapt scripts and write original stories.

The first 15 episodes of the show were direct repeats of Dimension-X episodes, but with slightly higher audio quality. After the initial repeats, producers looked to the more popular science fiction pulp magazines such as Galaxy Science Fiction and Astounding for original ideas. Kinoy and Lefferts adapted tales from several of the up-and-coming genre writers such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Fletcher Pratt, Robert Bloch, Robert Sheckley, and Fredric Brown. Many subjects touched on Martian contact, alien worlds, robots going crazy, future human existence, astronauts in space, and scientific progress. Sounds like fun right? Well not all episodes had a happy ending.

Some of the more noteworthy episodes dealt with alien’s winning the day over man, and the repercussions that could, and often would follow. A perfect example of this is Ray Bradbury’s Mars Is Heaven in which…well I wont give the ending away, but it is dark and thought provoking.

After a successful run of 126 episodes, X-Minus One was cancelled after its January 09, 1958 episode. Renaissance Radio Production attempted to revive the show on January 27, 1973 with a new episode titled “The Iron Chancellor”, however NBC cancelled the show after the first airing. On June 24, 1973 rebroadcasts of the program ran once a month on inconsistent days until its final cancellation on March 22, 1975.

All 127 episodes are available and can usually be found with good sound quality. Some of the more memorable episodes are: “The Cold Equation”, “The Martian Death March”, “Tunnel Under the World”, “A Pail of Air”, “The Seventh Victim”, “Mars is Heaven”, “Junkyard”, “The Merchants Of Venus” and “Hallucination Orbit”.

“The Cold Equation” tells the story of a space pilot that is on a life or death mission. When a young girl is found to be a stowaway on the ship, the extra weight causes problems and she must be killed.

“The Martian Death March” is the same sad alien relocation script as episode #34 of Dimension-X and is well worth listening to again.

“Tunnel Under The World” tells the story of an experiment in mind control with an ending that will leave your mouth agape.

“A Pail Of Air” gives us the last family left to survive on a cold, sunless Earth, with no air.

In “The Seventh Victim” society eliminates all major wars by allowing people to join hunting clubs were the prey are other humans.

“Mars Is Heaven” plays the same script as episode #7 from Dimension-X and is another show worth listening to again as mankind makes its first expedition to Mars.

“Junkyard” gives us the startling tale of a space crew that lands on an alien planet littered with junk. As the team inspects the junkyard and takes machine parts back onto the ship, they try to leave but can’t remember how to start the ship.

In “The Merchants Of Venus” the overpopulation of Earth is causing people to colonize Venus, but the real problem is how to keep them there.

“Hallucination Orbit” is about a man who has been stranded on a rock near Pluto for over six years. In order to avoid isolation sickness the man begins to hallucinate companions until he can’t tell who’s real and who isn’t.


X-Minus One Episode List


1. "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" April 22, 1955

2. "No Contact" April 24, 1955

3. "The Parade" May 1, 1955

4. "Mars is Heaven" May 8, 1955

5. "Universe" May 15, 1955

6. "Knock" May 22, 1955

7. "The Man in the Moon" May 29, 1955

8. "Perigi's Wonderful Dolls" June 5, 1955

9. "The Green Hills of Earth" July 7, 1955

10. "Dr. Grimshaw's Sanitorium" July 14, 1955

11. "Nightmare" July 21, 1955

12. "The Embassy" July 28, 1955

13. "The Veldt" August 4, 1955

14. "Almost Human" August 11, 1955

15. "Courtesy" August 18, 1955

16. "Cold Equations" August 25, 1955

17. "Shanghaied" September 1, 1955

18. "The Martian Death March"

19. "The Castaways" September 15, 1955

20. "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" (Rebroadcast) September 22, 1955

21. "First Contact" October 6, 1955

22. "Child's Play" October 20, 1955

23. "Requiem" October 27, 1955

24. "Hello, Tomorrow" November 3, 1955

25. "Dwellers in Silence" November 10, 1955

26. "The Outer Limit" November 16, 1955

27. "There Will Come Soft Rains / Zero Hour" November 23, 1955

28. "The Vital Factor" November 30, 1955

29. "Nightfall" December 7, 1955

30. "To the Future" December 14, 1955

31. "Marionettes, Inc." December 21, 1955

32. "A Logic Named Joe" December 28, 1955

33. "The Roads Must Roll" January 4, 1956

34. "Time and Time Again" January 11, 1956

35. "Perigi's Wonderful Dolls" (Rebroadcast) January 18, 1956

36. "The Parade" (Rebroadcast) January 25, 1956

37. "The Cave of Night" February 1, 1956

38. "C-Chute" February 8, 1956

39. "Skulking Permit" February 15, 1956

40. "Junkyard" February 22, 1956

41. "Hello, Tomorrow" (Rebroadcast) February 29, 1956

42. "A Gun for Dinosaur" March 7, 1956

43. "Tunnel Under the World" March 14, 1956

44. "A Thousand Dollars a Plate" March 21, 1956

45. "A Pail of Air" March 28, 1956

46. "How-2" April 3, 1956

47. "Star, Bright" April 10, 1956

48. "Jaywalker" April 17, 1956

49. "The Sense of Wonder" April 24, 1956

50. "Sea Legs" May 1, 1956

51. "The Seventh Order" May 8, 1956

52. "Hallucination Orbit" May 15, 1956

53. "The Defenders" May 22, 1956

54. "Lulungomeena" May 29, 1956

55. "Project Mastodon" June 5, 1956

56. "If You Was A Moklin" June 12, 1956

57. "Project Trojan" June 19, 1956

58. "Wherever You May Be" June 26, 1956

59. "Mr. Costello, Hero" July 3, 1956

60. "Bad Medicine" July 10, 1956

61. "The Old Die Rich" July 17, 1956

62. "The Stars Are The Styx" July 24, 1956

63. "Student Body" July 31, 1956

64. "The Last Martian" August 7, 1956

65. "The Snowball Effect" August 14, 1956

66. "Surface Tension" August 28, 1956

67. "Tunnel Under The World" (Rebroadcast) September 4, 1956

68. "The Lifeboat Mutiny" September 11, 1956

69. "The Map Makers" September 26, 1956

70. "Protective Mimicry" October 3, 1956

71. "Colony" October 10, 1956

72. "Soldier Boy" October 17, 1956

73. "Pictures Don't Lie" October 24, 1956

74. "Sam, This Is You" October 31, 1956

75. "Appointment In Tomorrow" November 7, 1956

76. "The Martian Death March" (Rebroadcast) November 14, 1956

77. "Chain of Command" November 21, 1956

78. "The Castaways" (Rebroadcast) November 28, 1956

79. "There Will Come Soft Rains" & "Zero Hour" (Rebroadcast) December 5, 1956

80. "Hostess" December 12, 1956

81. "The Reluctant Heroes" December 19, 1956

82. "Honeymoon in Hell" December 26, 1956

83. "The Moon Is Green" January 2, 1957

84. "Saucer of Loneliness" January 9, 1957

85. "The Girls From Earth" January 16, 1957

86. "Open Warfare" January 23, 1957

87. "Caretaker" January 30, 1957

88. "Venus Is A Man's World" February 6, 1957

89. "The Trap" February 13, 1957

90. "Field Study" February 20, 1957

91. "Real Gone" February 27, 1957

92. "The Seventh Victim" March 6, 1957

93. "The Lights On Precipice Peak" March 13, 1957

94. "Protection" March 20, 1957

95. "At The Post" March 27, 1957

96. "Martian Sam" April 3, 1957

97. "Something For Nothing" April 10, 1957

98. "The Discovery Of Mornial Matheway" April 17, 1957

99. "Man's Best Friend" April 24, 1957

100. "Inside Story" June 20, 1957

101. "The Category Inventor" June 27, 1957

102. "Skulking Permit" (Rebroadcast) July 4, 1957

103. "Early Model" July 11, 1957

104. "The Merchant Of Venus" July 18, 1957

105. "The Haunted Corpse" July 25, 1957

106. "End As A World" August 1, 1957

107. "The Scapegoat" August 8, 1957

108. "At The Post" (Rebroadcast) August 15, 1957

109. "Drop Dead" August 22, 1957

110. "Volpla" August 29, 1957

111. "Saucer Of Loneliness" (Rebroadcast) September 5, 1957

112. "The Old Die Rich" (Rebroadcast) September 12, 1957

113. "Tsylana" September 19, 1957

114. "The Native Problem" September 26, 1957

115. "A Wind Is Rising" October 3, 1957

116. "Death Wish" October 10, 1957

117. "Point Of Departure" October 17, 1957

118. "The Light" October 24, 1957

119. "Lulu" October 31, 1957

120. "The Coffin Cure" November 21, 1957

121. "Shocktroop" November 28, 1957

122. "The Haunted Corpse" (Rebroadcast) December 12, 1957

123. "Double Dare" December 19, 1957

124. "Target One" December 26, 1957

125. "Prime Difference" January 2, 1958

126. "Gray Flannel Armor" January 9, 1958

127. "The Iron Chancellor" January 27, 1973



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