Cruising the XM radio channels in search of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio show and I encountered a broadcast of an episode from an old science-fiction series called X Minus One.

The one I heard was from September 1955 and titled “The Martian Death March.” It’s set way in the future, in the 1990s, several decades after Earthlings have colonized Mars and confined the Martians to reservations.

Turns out that the X Minus One show was a real trailblazer, an ancestor of shows like “The Outer Limits” and “One Step Beyond” and “The Twilight Zone,” and featured episodes based on stories by some great writers, including Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov!

This great link includes two X Minus One episodes you can download for free and a list with very entertaining and intriguing synopses of all of the episodes:

http://www.xminusone.com/scifi.htm

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3 thoughts on “X Minus One

  1. I love XM, and have been a big fan of “Sonic Theater” and the old-timey radio re-broadcasts. It’s such a lost art. I would love to see dramatic radio undergo a vinyl records-esque revival.

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