Sunday, November 14, 2010: The 'X' Zone Contiues Our Tribute to X MINUS ONE

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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 remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts,[1] 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[2], along with some original scripts by Kinoy and Lefferts.

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."

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): (Some would argue the intro countdown should have stopped at X minus one. As it was, the show should have been called :"Fire" with the resolution of the countdown as aired.)

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.

SEGMENT 1: 10 pm - 11 pm Eastern / 7 pm - 8 pm Pacific
X MINUS ONE - Child's Play - Episode 21 - Date 10-20-55 :30:00 -
A man accidently receives a build a man kit from the future. The story is adapted by George Lefferts. The cast includes Leon Janney, and Karl Weber. Writer: Welliam Tenn

SEGMENT 2: 11 pm - 12 am Eastern / 8 pm - 9 pm Pacific
X MINUS ONE - Hello, Tomorrow - Episode 40 - Date 02-29-56 :30:00 -
In the future after the atomic wars, people live under ground and mate scientifically. The script is by George Lefferts. The cast includes John Larkin and Jan Minor. Writer: George Lefferts

SEGMENT 3: 12 am - 01 am Eastern / 9 pm - 10 pm Pacific
X MINUS ONE - Dwellers In Silence - Episode 24 - Date 11-10-55 :30:00 -
Earthmen return to Earth after the atomic war has ravaged their planet and find an old scientist with his youthful family. The story is adapted by George Lefferts. The cast includes Anne Seymour, Karl Weber, Ted Osborne. Writer: Ray Bradbury

SEGMENT 4: 01 am - 02 am Eastern / 10 pm - 11 pm Pacific
X MINUS ONE - The Outer Limit - Episode 25 - Date 11-16-55 :30:00 -
An experimental rocket plane disappears for ten hours when there was only ten minutes fuel aboard. The is adapted by Ernest Kinoy. It stars Joe Julian, Wendell Holmes, Joe Santis, Bob Hastings, and James Dukas. Writer: Graham Dorr

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