X-Minus One

the science fiction anthology series, was considered to be the revival show of Dimension X featuring adopted science fiction stories. X-Minus One was truly the greatest of not only science fiction radio shows but of all radio dramas.

The first shows were duplicated from the original Dimension X, later the producers pulled ideas for shows from the pages of "Galaxy Magazine." Like Dimension X, X-Minus One used some of the leading science fiction authors in the genre including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik (Fred) Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Sheckley, J. T. McIntosh, Fritz Leiber and many more.

The show's script writers, Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts made some remarkable original scripts. Leffert's "The Parade" features a Martian who hires an advertising agency to help him plan a parade to celebrate the Martian invasion. Some shows ended unhappily such as "The Cold Equation" and an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Mars in Heaven" where earthmen land on Mars to discover it's inhabited by people they know. Remarkably, all episodes of X-Minus One survive.

Each X Minus One starts with this intro, to the sound effects of a rocket lifting off:

Announcer: "Count down for blast-off. X minus five... four... three... two... X minus one... Fire!

(Music pounds, building up like a rocket blast, while chorus raises its collective voice with "aaaaaaaaaahhhhh!"

"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 Magazine present:

"X-- X-- x-- x-- MINUS -- MINUS --Minus-- minus-- ONE-- ONE-- One- one"