Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Dimension X: The Green Hills of Earth

It's a big day for space enthusiasts today.

On July 20 1969, Apollo 11 put American astronauts on the moon. Pretty cool.

To celebrate, apart from the Coke commercial above, I thought it might be fun to listen to an episode of 1950's Dimension X, an NBC radio program highlighting science fiction short stories.

"Adventures in time and space, told in... future tense!" Norman Rose would announce each week, driving me up the wall since childhood because all of the stories are told in past or present tense, they just take place in the future.

I've chosen the episode "The Green Hills of Earth," based on the short story by Robert Heinlein.

Dimension X lasted for a little over a year of broadcasts that adapted stories from Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Clifford D. Simak, Frederic Brown, and Kurt Vonnegut. In 1955, it was revived as X Minus One, and featured many of the same stories.

And swing by tomorrow, to get instructions from Barbara Eden's Jeannie on "How to Marry an Astronaut!"

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