X Minus One – Universe
Special treat for you tonight! Imagine this…you are the last of humanity’s descendants aboard a space Ark flying through space. However; on the Ark there the crew is divided into two factions. The lower decks are occupied by humans, and the upper by your mutant over lords. One man dares probe the upper levels and his quest leads him to question not only his society’s prejudices, but the ultimate truth of what might lie beyond the Ship. This story is so great and profound that you will find it enjoyable. Unless the mutants stole your damn brain then there you don’t count. Universe is a adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s book “Orphans in the Sky”. Which if you have not ever read you must do so after you listen to today’s broadcast. Universe originally aired on May 15th, 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).
Total Play Time: 29 Minutes