X Minus One – Mars is Heaven


When the first space rocket lands on Mars, what will we find? Only the ruins of a dead and deserted planet? Or will there be life? Intelligent life, in some strange form that we can only imagine? Will we be welcomed with open arms? Or will the Martians treat us as invaders?  Mars in Heaven was written by legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury and originally aired May 8th, 1955.

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).

Approximate Total Play Time:  27 Minutes.