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Frederick Pohl
H.G. Wells
Isaac Asimov
Jules Verne
Philip K Dick
Robert Heinlein
Robert Sheckley
Rudyard Kipling
During the golden age of science fiction, there was a successful relationship between science fiction old time radio shows and science fiction authors with multiple adaptations of science fiction stories.  The first science fiction old time radio show intended for adults, 2000 Plus, did not use adaptations of science fiction novels and short stories. 

It was the sci-fi series Dimension X that first widely used well know science fiction writings in its broadcasts.   Succeeding series including Beyond Tomorrow, CBS Radio Workshop, Escape, Exploring Tomorrow, Favorite Story, Hallmark Playhouse, Mercury Theater, Tales of Tomorrow, Suspense, and X Minus One all adapted the writings and short stories of sci-fi authors into the radio medium.  Science Fiction Authors in this collection include:

Clifford Simak won three Hugo Award for his science fiction writings.  Many of his stories take place in rural Wisconsin including "The Big Front Yard."  Simak's story Courtesy about a plague on an alien planet that only affects humans was included on both Dimension X and X Minus One

Frederick Pohl won three Hugo Awards, served as a literary agent to numerous science fiction writers and at one point edited Galaxy Magazine.  Pohl's Science Fiction stories often offer social criticism including The Space Merchant, which chronicles a dystopian future where the world is ruled by advertising agencies.  . 

H.G. Wells is often considered to be the granddaddy of Science Fiction writers, publishing "The Time Machine," "The Island of Doctor Moreau," "The Invisible Man," "The War of the Worlds," and "The First Men in the Moon."  "The War of the Worlds" is the best know H.G. Wells adaption on Orson Welles' Mercury Theater.

Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 science fiction and non-fiction books, but he is best known for writing about robots.  Exploring Tomorrow produced "The Liar", an adaptation of Isaac Asimov novel about a mind reading robot.

Jules Verne was a pioneer in of Science Fiction adventure stories.  In the 1860s and 1870s he wrote "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," and "Around the World in Eighty Days."  "Around the World in 80 Days" was a popular adaptation on old time radio.

Philip K. Dick's writing was primarily interested in sociological and psychological themes in particular dystopian future Earth stories.  His first story was produced in 1952 and his stories appeared in later science fiction radio shows X Minus One and Exploring Tomorrow.

Poul Anderson earned his degree in physics and used heroic characters in his science fiction stories usually based in hard science.  The Planet of Geniuses is one of the best radio plays adapted from Poul Anderson's stories.

Robert Heinlein is one of the most influential science fiction writers concentrating on Hard Science Fiction.  Heinlein's work often deals with examining social and psychological themes.  His work "Requiem" was produced on Beyond Tomorrow, Dimension X, and X Minus One

Robert Sheckley is best know for his numerous humorous science fiction stories.  His work was featured in over a dozen X Minus One radio shows including "Bad Medicine," "The Seventh Victim," and "The Trap." 

Other authors in Science Fiction Authors in Old Time Radio collection include Rudyard Kipling who died before the first adult themed old time radio show was on air, but his writings were included in Escape and SuspenseTheodore Sturgeon was a master of prose and his work was well regarded beyond science fiction fans and writers.  Robert Silverberg was new to science fiction when Exploring Tomorrow and X Minus One produced adaptations of his work. 

Science Fiction Authors in Old Time Radio collection seeks to give example to the fine radio dramas based on the adaptations of great science fiction writing.

See also: Ray Bradbury Collection, Aldous Huxley Collection, John Dickson Carr Collection, Frederic Brown Collection, HP Lovecraft, and Authors Collection. For additional reading see also: Article on Science Fiction in Radio.

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58 shows - total playtime 25 hours 18 minutes

Clifford Simak
Dimension X 510726 41 Courtesy
X Minus One 550818 (014) Courtesy
X Minus One 560222 (039) Junkyard
X Minus One 560403 (045) Howto
X Minus One 560605 (054) Project Mastadon
X Minus One 570822 (108) Drop Dead
X Minus One 571031 (118) Lulu

Frederik Pohl
Cbsrw 570217 53 Space Merchants 1o2
Cbsrw 570224 54 Space Merchants 2o2
X Minus One 560314 (042) Tunnel Under The World
X Minus One 560926 (068) The Map Makers
X Minus One 570725 (104) The Haunted Corpse
X Minus One 571226 (123) Target One

H.G. Wells
Escape 471029 012 Pollack And The Parrah Man
Escape 480307 031 Jimmy Goggles, The God
Escape 480509 040 The Time Machine
Escape 480905 052 Dream Of Armageddon
Favorite Story 490528 089 Time Machine
MT 381030 117 The War Of The Worlds

Isaac Asimov
Dimension X 510617 37 A Pebble In The Sky
Exploring Tomorrow 580000 13 The Liar
X Minus One 560208 (037) Cchute
X Minus One 561212 (079) Hostess

Jules Verne
Cbs Mercury Theater 381023 116 Around World 80 Days
Cbs Mercury Theater 460607 301 Around The World I
Favorite Story 471220 015 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Favorite Story 490723 097 Around The World In 80 Days
Hallmark Playhouse 500119 070 Around The World In 80 Days

Philip K Dick
X Minus One 561010 (070) Colony

Poul Anderson
Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 20 Planet Of Geniuses
Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 24 Time Heals
X Minus One 571024 (117) The Light

Robert Heinlein
Beyond Tomorrow 500405 Requeim
Cbsrw 570721 75 Green Hills Of Earth
Dimension X 500610 10 Green Hills Of Earth
Dimension X 500624 12 Destination Moon
Dimension X 500901 22 The Roads Must Roll
Dimension X 501126 31 Universe
Dimension X 510920 49 Requiem
X Minus One 550707 (008) The Green Hills Of Earth
X Minus One 551027 (022) Requiem
X Minus One 560104 (032) The Roads Must Roll

Robert Sheckley
Tales Of Tomorrow 530101 01 Watchbird
X Minus One 560215 (038) Skulking Permit
X Minus One 560710 (059) Bad Medicine
X Minus One 560911 (067) The Lifeboat Mutiny
X Minus One 570213 (088) The Trap
X Minus One 570306 (091) The Seventh Victim
X Minus One 570320 (093) Protection
X Minus One 570410 (096) Something For Nothing
X Minus One 570711 (102) Early Model
X Minus One 570926 (113) The Native Problem
X Minus One 571003 (114) The Wind Is Rising
X Minus One 580109 (125) Gray Flannel Armor

Robert Silverberg
Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 09 The Moon Is New
Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 19 Overpopulation
X Minus One 571219 (122) Double Dare

Rudyard Kipling
Escape 470707 001 The Man Who Would Be King
Escape 480418 037 The Drums Of The Fore And Aft
Suspense 590531 804 The Man Who Would Be King

Theodore Sturgeon
Beyond Tomorrow 500411 Incident At Switchpath
X Minus One 560703 (058) Mr Costello, Hero
X Minus One 560724 (061) Stars Are The Styx
X Minus One 570905 (110) Saucer Of Loneliness



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