1955-58: X Minus One

Countdown for blastoff… X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one… Fire! 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 & Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents… X Minus One.

Both of my recent posts – X-files and I, Robot, have their ties to a show that I love, The Outer Limits. The thought about Science Fiction evolution has encouraged me to take a couple steps further back this weekend, past The Outer Limits, to X Minus One, a staple from the golden age of radio.

X Minus One, like its not as well known predecessor Dimension X, was a Sci Fi anthology program featuring a mix of both original stories as well as adaptations of popular tales (typically from partnering magazine Galaxy Science Fiction) from the popular writers of the day, men who became legends in the genre, like Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury. Adaptations and original stories were written by Ernest Kinoy or George Lefferts.

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1978/1956: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Last Question

1125325Guess what! I’m not dead! But, I think it’s definitely safe to say this – I won’t be completing my goal in a year, as was my original goal. I have definitely fallen off the rails. In fact, its been 24 days since I initially started this post. However, I am still determined to keep on trekking. I do feel as though I was pushing myself to get too much in and out within a week and I wasn’t having as good a time as I could have. I took a nice, needed break, and since then I’ve been stuck in rut. I have gone ahead with a several items, but haven’t had time to write about all them. Now, with all of my and my wifes vacation hours used up, exams and assignments finally finished up and no more weddings to attend I hope to get caught up with all my pre-enjoyed works. Two of these are things that I took in a long while ago, when I was still going strong at a year a week. Before I fell off the wagon. One – a comedy that uses the end of the world as a backdrop to challenge our understanding of logic and reasoning. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which even goes as far as to give us the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. The other, its inspiration and another entry done by one of my favourite authors – Isaac Asimov. Continue reading