X Minus One

X Minus One

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X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio drama series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various time slots on NBC.

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, 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.

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):

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 produced 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.

Episodes based on stories by famous writers
Philip K Dick – “The Defenders”, “Colony”
Ray Bradbury – “And The Moon Be Still As Bright”, “Mars is Heaven”, “The Veldt”, “Dwellers in Silence”, “Zero Hour”, “To the Future”, “Marionettes, Inc.”, “There Will Come Soft Rains”
Isaac Asimov – “Nightfall”, “C-Chute”, “Hostess”
Robert A. Heinlein – “Universe”, “The Green Hills of Earth”, “Requiem”, “The Roads Must Roll”
L. Sprague de Camp – “A Gun for a Dinosaur”

Now Available: Here are the top 26 episodes of the classic 1950s science-fiction radio series “X Minus One,” as selected by the staff of Roswell UFO Radio. Approximately 12 hours of enjoyment, available as a digital download (MP3) for only $4.99. Click below to purchase:

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LIST OF ALL EPISODES:

000_AndTheMoonBeStillAsBrightX-1.mp3
001_NoContactX-1.mp3
002_TheParadeX-1.mp3
003_MarsIsHeavenX-1.mp3
004_UniverseX-1.mp3
005_KnockX-1.mp3
006_TheManInTheMoonX-1.mp3
007_Perigi’sWonderfulDollsX-1.mp3
008_TheGreenHillsOfEarthX-1.mp3
009_Dr.Grimshaw’sSanitoriumX-1.mp3
010_NightmareX-1.mp3
011_TheEmbassyX-1.mp3
012_TheVeldtX-1.mp3
013_AlmostHumanX-1.mp3
014_CourtesyX-1.mp3
015_ColdEquationsX-1.mp3
016_ShanghaiedX-1.mp3
017_TheMartianDeathMarchX-1.mp3
018_TheCastawaysX-1.mp3
019_AndTheMoonBeStillAsBrightX-1.mp3
020_FirstContactX-1.mp3
021_Child’sPlayX-1.mp3
022_RequiemX-1.mp3
023_HelloTomorrowX-1.mp3
024_TheDwellersInSilenceX-1.mp3
025_TheOuterLimitX-1.mp3
026_ThereWillComeSoftRains-ZeroHourX-1.MP3
027_TheVitalFactorX-1.mp3
028_NightfallX-1.mp3
029_ToTheFutureX-1.mp3
030_MarionettesInc.X-1.mp3
031_ALogicNamedJoeX-1.mp3
032_TheRoadsMustRollX-1.mp3
033_TimeAndTimeAgainX-1.mp3
034_PerigisWonderfulDollsX-1.mp3
035_TheParadeX-1.mp3
036_CaveOfNightX-1.mp3
037_C-ChuteX-1.mp3
038_SkulkingPermitX-1.mp3
039_JunkyardX-1.mp3
040_HelloTomorrowX-1.mp3
041_AGunForDinosaurX-1.mp3
042_TunnelUnderTheWorldX-1.mp3
043_$1000APlateX-1.mp3
044_APailOfAirX-1.mp3
045_HowToX-1.mp3
046_StarBrightX-1.mp3
047_JaywalkerX-1.mp3
048_TheSenseOfWonderX-1.mp3
049_SeaLegsX-1.mp3
050_TheSeventhOrderX-1.mp3
051_HallucinationOrbitX-1.mp3
052_TheDefendersX-1.mp3
053_LulungameenaX-1.mp3
054_ProjectMastodonX-1.mp3
055_IfYouWasAMoklinX-1.mp3
056_ProjectTrojanX-1.mp3
057_WhereverYouMayBeX-1.mp3
058_Mr.Costello,HeroX-1.mp3
059_BadMedicineX-1.mp3
060_TheOldDieRichX-1.mp3
061_TheStarsAreTheStyxX-1.mp3
062_StudentBodyX-1.mp3
063_TheLastMartianX-1.mp3
064_TheSnowballEffectX-1.mp3
065_SurfaceTensionX-1.mp3
066_TunnelUnderTheWorldX-1.mp3
067_TheLifeboatMutinyX-1.mp3
068_TheMapMakersX-1.mp3
069_ProtectiveMimicryX-1.mp3
070_ColonyX-1.mp3
071_SoldierBoyX-1.MP3
072_PicturesDontLie-X-1.mp3
073_SamThisIsYouX-1.mp3
074_AppointmentInTomorrowX-1.mp3
075_TheMartianDeathMarchX-1.mp3
076_ChainOfCommandX-1.mp3
077_The CastawaysX-1.mp3
078_ThereSoftRains&ZeroHourX-1.mp3
079_Hostess-AsimovX-1.mp3
080_TheReluctantHero’sX-1.mp3
081_HoneymoonInHellX-1.mp3
082_TheMoonIsGreenX-1.mp3
083_SaucerOfLonelinessX-1.mp3
084_TheGirlsFromEarthX-1.mp3
085_OpenWarfareX-1.mp3
086_CaretakerX-1.mp3
087_VenusIsAMansWorldX-1.mp3
088_TheTrapX-1.mp3
089_FieldStudyX-1.MP3
090_RealgoneX-1.mp3
091_TheSeventhVictimX-1.mp3
092_TheLightsOnPrecipicePeakX-1.mp3
093_ProtectionX-1.mp3
094_AtThePostX-1.mp3
095_MartianSamX-1.MP3
096_SomethingForNothingX-1.mp3
097_DiscoveryOfMornialMathawayX-1.MP3
098_Man’sBestFriendX-1.MP3
099_InsideStoryX-1.MP3
100_TheCategoryInventorX-1.mp3
101_SkulkingPermitX-1.mp3
102_EarlyModelX-1.mp3
103_TheMerchantsOfVenusX-1.mp3
104_TheHauntedCorpseX-1.mp3
105_EndAsAWorldX-1.mp3
106_TheScapegoatX-1.MP3
107_AtThePostX-1.mp3
108_DropDeadX-1.mp3
109_VolplaX-1.mp3
110_SaucerOfLonelinessX-1.mp3
111_TheOldDieRichX-1.mp3
112_TsylanaX-1.mp3
113_TheNativeProblemX-1.mp3
114_TheWindIsRisingX-1.mp3
115_DeathwishX-1.mp3
116_PointOfDepartureX-1.mp3
117_TheLightX-1.mp3
118_LuluX-1.mp3
119_TheCoffinCureX-1.mp3
120_ShockTroopX-1.mp3
121_TheHauntedCorpseX-1.mp3
122_DoubleDareX-1.mp3
123_TargetOneX-1.mp3
124_PrimeDifferenceX-1.mp3
125_GrayFlannelArmorX-1.mp3
126_TheIronChancellorX-1.mp3