The CE Library: X Minus One


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 AsimovRay BradburyPhilip K. DickRobert A. HeinleinFrederik 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).

No Contact (Aprl 1955)

The Parade (May 1955)

Mars is Heaven (May 1955)

Universe (May 1955)

The Man in the Moon (May 1955)

Perigis Wonderful Dolls (June 1955)

The Green Hills of Earth (July 1955)

Dr. Grimshaws Sanitarium (July 1955)

Nightmare (July 1955)

The Embassy (July 1955)

The Veldt (August 1955)

Almost Human (August 1955)

Courtesy ( August 1955)

Cold Equation (August 1955)

Shanghaied (September 1955)

The Martian Death March (September 1955)

The Castaways (September 1955)

And the Moon Be Still as Bright (September 1955)

First Contact (October 1955)

Child’s Play (October 1955)

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