Sun June 5 2011: Today on The 'X' Zone with Rob McConnell

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SEGMENT 1: 10 pm - 11 pm / 7 pm - 8 pm Pacific
'X' Minus One - Skulking Permit - Episode: 036 -
A small colony, cut off from Earth for generations, must prove they are a model of Earth culture when a ship arrives to effect their 'reclamation'. They strive to provide archetypes of Earth society, including a town criminal...Story by Robert Sheckley. Two separate versions of this story were produced for X Minus One.

SEGMENT 2: 11 pm - 12 am Eastern / 8 pm - 9 pm Pacific
'X' Minus One - Junkyard - Episode: 037 -
On a remote planet littered with alien junk, a survey team find themselves trapped when their engineers suddenly can't remember how to lift the ship. Story by Clifford Simak.

SEGMENT 3: 12 am - 01 am Eastern / 9 pm - 10 pm Pacific
'X' Minus One - Hello, Tomorrow - Episode: 023 -
To escape a world devastated by nuclear radiation, Mankind has retreated underground, but the Final War still rages on. A woman betrays her 'country' by falling in love with an Asiatic POW from the other side, a capital crime punishable by exile to the ruined surface.

SEGMENT 4: 01 am - 02 am Eastern / 10 pm - 11 pm Pacific
'X' Minus One - Dwellers in Silence - Episode: 024 -
The first explorers from a colonized Mars to return to Earth generations after the Atomic War discover the last survivors, a family with some very odd peculiarities about them. Story by Ray Bradbury; part of the Martian Chronicles series. Another version of this story originally appeared on Dimension X. See also 'A Pail of Air' (X Minus One) ;See the full listing of Martian Chronicles stories under 'Ray Bradbury' on the Famous Authors on Radio page.

SEGMENT 5: 02 am - 03 am Eastern / 11 pm - 12 am Pacific
'X' Minue One - A Gun for Dinosaur - Episode: 038 -
A safari into the Cretaceous to hunt for Tyrannosaurus Rex is endangered by a reckless glory hound, whose ineptitude and arrogance are matched only by his capacity for murder. Story by L. Sprague de Camp. See also 'Project Mastodon' (X Minus One), and 'A Sound of Thunder' (BBC, Bradbury 13, and SF68).

SEGMENT 6: 03 am - 04 am Eastern / 12 am - 01 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - Tunnel Under the World - Episode: 039 -
Every day seems to be a repeat of June 15, but only one man in the entire city is aware of the anomaly. Story by Frederik Pohl. Two separate versions of this story were produced for X Minus One. Another version appeared on Future Tense, and more recently on the BBC.

SEGMENT 7: 04 am - 05 am Eastern / 01 am - 02 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - A Thousand Dollars A Plate - Episode SP-01

SEGMENT 8: 05 am - 06 am Eastern / 02 am - 03 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - A Pail of Air - Episode: 041 -
In a future where the Earth has moved away from the Sun and lost its atmosphere, a lone family of survivors struggle to survive in the ruins of a dead city. Story by Fritz Leiber.

SEGMENT 9: 06 am - 07 am Eastern / 03 am - 04 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - How - 2 - Episode: 042 -
A man orders a robotic dog kit in the mail, and instead receives an android, one ready to serve in every capacity and equally ready to reproduce himself a thousand-fold. All his problems vanish - until the government sticks their bean-counting nose into it. Story by Clifford Simak.

SEGMENT 10: 07 am - 08 am Eastern / 04 am - 05 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - Star Bright - Episode: 043 -
Children are apparently evolving at an alarming rate; what to do when your six year old daughter demonstrates an IQ of over 400, and starts to experiment with previously unknown physical dimensions? A version of this story was produced for Future Tense.

SEGMENT 11: 08 am - 09 am Eastern / 05 am - 06 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - Jaywalker - Episode: 044 -
A pregnant wife stows away on an Earth-Moon liner to be with her husband the pilot, unaware that space travel is fatal both to her and her unborn child. Her husband must choose between their lives and a maneuver which could kill everyone on board.

SEGMENT 12: 09 am - 10 am Eastern / 06 am - 07 am Pacific
'X' Minus One - The Sense of Wonder - Episode: 045 -
The inhabitants of a generation starship have long ago forgotten their origins and purpose. To them, ' the Ship is All', until one low caste Attendant questions the pseudo-religion which has grown up around the archaic manuals left by the vessel's long dead crew. See also 'Universe' (X Minus One and Dimension X).

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