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Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, minus four, minus three, minus two, X minus one... Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come 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 presents... X Minus One.
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First broadcast on 22 April 1955, X Minus One was a revival of Dimension X, airing on the NBC radio channel until 1958. This series holds the record for the longest running Science Fiction Radio Drama, a Genre Anthology of episodes that aired over a hundred different stories. The first fifteen episodes reused the Dimension X scripts with new talent behind the voices and sound effects.

This series was directed by Fred Wiehe, Daniel Sutter, and George Voutsas, lasting for one hundred twenty-six episodes. Most of the scriptwriting was by Ernest Kinoy or George Lefferts, but also bringing in new writers like Howard Rodman and William Welch. The scriptwriters would usually create adaptations, with a few scripts original to X Minus One.

Unlike most of its contemporaries, X Minus One would broadcast specifically to an adult audience, adapting stories from Astounding Science Fiction and Galaxy Science Fiction for broadcast, adding sound effects and background noise to deepen the world. Stories included characters with gambling and addiction problems, criminal tendencies, and even a spaceship piloted by a computer with a female personality (who was being "made love to" by its "robot boyfriend").

The Pilot Episode, an adaptation of "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" by Ray Bradbury, aired on the 22nd, but weekly episodes began the 24th of April 1955, with a Radio original story, "No Contact" by George Lefferts (both episodes were Recycled from Dimension X). The final episode, an adaptation of "Gray Flannel Armor" by Finn O Donnevan, aired on 9 January 1958. An attempt to revive X Minus One was made on 27 January 1973, with episode number 126, an adaptation of "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg.

The entire series survives today in digital form because of the Old Time Radio Researchers, who have uploaded it to The Internet Archive. Other sources also provide a chance to listen and own DVD or CD copies.

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