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X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958, in various time slots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes 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.

Episodes of the show include 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 this introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction):

"Countdown for blastoff.... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one.... Fire!" [Rocket launch SFX] "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 and Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents...X Minus One.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-19

Great collection in SERIOUS need of chapter labels

122 classic sci-fi radio dramas (though some are repeated), including original introductions and advertisements. The stories can be hit or miss (and some are EXTREMELY dated given these were recorded in the fifties), but the hits are amazing samples of the genre. Even the ads can be a fascinating look into the past. My biggest complaint is that the chapters of the Audible version are not in any way labeled, so there's no way to find the story you're looking for. I skipped through, adding bookmarks identifying each story, and that alone was almost enough to earn the Gold Stenographer Badge (as well as Mount Everest for the sheer length of the book). Ray Bradbury is listed as the author for the book overall, but he's only one of many.

The stories included are also available individually, and a few of them in collections by author. Buying the full set is cheaper, but probably harder to navigate.

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  • R. Squyres
  • 03-12-19

Great

No issues with the program or quality of the transfer to audible. Only wish the episodes were titled so that knowing and finding specific episodes would be possible.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-02-20

Repeat don't make sense?

Why does this happen to have several repeats? Does not make any sense, who did the editing process?

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  • Caroline Couture
  • 10-06-20

Great SF radio plays!

Great collection of SF radio plays from some of the big-time SF authors from early in their careers. Sound quality can be iffy here and there. BTW anyone who claims "classic" SF wasn't political take a listen.

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  • Dmitry
  • 18-07-20

Old time radio performances of classic SF

I've listened to it before, it was great then - can't remember where it was - and it so remains.

Short stories from the anthology age, many by writers that are now legend. It's a treasure trove.

But why are the chapters labelled incorrectly? I thought maybe some episodes were missing but could find no correlation. Please correct them, so we can navigate inside this trove properly. Or show a listing in the blurb at least.

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  • toyman_ak
  • 02-11-19

Terrible

I like to listen to audio books when driving. Couldn’t listen to this book because the sound effects were too loud to hear the actors. I gave up
After two episodes.

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  • Mike D
  • 05-03-21

Great stories, but audio unbearable

The stories are excellent, but the playback in today's systems is unbearable. Given the duration of this collection, leveling out the audio would be a monumental task. But if Audible is going to make money from its sales, I would expect them to normalize the audio a bit. These radio shows were developed long ago when playback was delivered in a flat format, but now the each sound is digitally separated, the squelch during the intros and certain sound effects is enough to blow either your speakers or your eardrums.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-20

Use your brain rather than your eyes

The sound quality is excellent,all you have to do is let your mind create a unique 30 minute story that you envisoned.. Some shows even have original commericals that enhance your experience.All for less than the price of a mint!