Science Fiction (1950 - 52)
"Let us send our imaginations forward in time
into the years beyond 2000AD.
what exciting things will we
find in the world of
tomorrow? 2000 Plus!"
Two Thousand Plus is known as the first of the network science fiction
shows, although it ran on Mutual just a month prior
to the introduction of the landmark series, Dimension
X. It was a half hour of science fiction wonder
in an exciting package.
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Listened to now, in the actual time of the show,
the stories have a charm that is always present in
science fiction of the future that is written in the
past. "When The Worlds Met" takes place
"at the giant space port in Washington, temporary
capitol of the federated world government as in April
21, 2000 Plus 20 (2020) crowds throng as audio and
televox networks cover a space ship carrying in its
space hold the first load of uranium taken from the
pits of Luna, satellite of Earth. "The Green
Thing" (with pink eyes, and long stalks) is "a
story of a horrible nightmare that wouldn't stop,
even when the dreamer woke up, in the year 2000 plus
175". "A Veteran Comes Home" is about
a space soldier's return from Mars to his anxiously
awaiting wife and son he never saw. It's a touching
(anti) war story that is as much about the early 1950s
as it is about the future, as it first aired when
President Truman was committing American troops to
the UN Action in Korea.
The shows have intense music and acting that typify1950s
"outer space" themes highlighting our fears
in the post-WWII atomic and cold war eras. Sherman
H. Dryer, who also produced the show, directs good
radio actors such as Joseph Julian, Bill Keen, Lon
Clark, Amzie Strickland and Bryna Raeburn. The shows
are highlighted with dramatic orchestral music, written
by composer Elliott Jacoby and conducted by Emerson
The shows are quite well done, and are a good addition
to old time radio's Sci-Fi genre best, Dimension
X, X-Minus Zero,
and Exploring Tomorrow. See also: Sci-Fi Listener's Favorites, Robots of Old Time Radio, and Aliens, Martians, and UFO's Collection.