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During the golden age of science fiction, there was a successful relationship between old time radio shows and authors with numerous adaptations of science fiction stories.

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HG Wells

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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    65 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 35 min
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      65 shows - total playtime 28 hours 35 minutes
      1. Dimension X 510726 41 Courtesy.mp3
      2. X Minus One 550818 (014) Courtesy.mp3
      3. X Minus One 560222 (039) Junkyard.mp3
      4. X Minus One 560403 (045) Howto.mp3
      5. X Minus One 560605 (054) Project Mastadon.mp3
      6. X Minus One 570822 (108) Drop Dead.mp3
      7. X Minus One 571031 (118) Lulu.mp3
      8. Cbsrw 570217 53 Space Merchants 1o2.mp3
      9. Cbsrw 570224 54 Space Merchants 2o2.mp3
      10. X Minus One 560314 (042) Tunnel Under The World.mp3
      11. X Minus One 560926 (068) The Map Makers.mp3
      12. X Minus One 570725 (104) The Haunted Corpse.mp3
      13. X Minus One 571226 (123) Target One.mp3
      14. Escape 471029 012 Pollack And The Parrah Man.mp3
      15. Escape 480307 031 Jimmy Goggles, The God.mp3
      16. Escape 480509 040 The Time Machine.mp3
      17. Escape 480905 052 Dream Of Armageddon.mp3
      18. Favorite Story 490528 089 Time Machine.mp3
      19. MT 381030 117 The War Of The Worlds.mp3
      20. Dimension X 510617 37 A Pebble In The Sky.mp3
      21. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 13 The Liar.mp3
      22. X Minus One 560208 (037) Cchute.mp3
      23. X Minus One 561212 (079) Hostess.mp3
      24. Cbs Mercury Theater 381023 116 Around World 80 Days.mp3
      25. Cbs Mercury Theater 460607 301 Around The World I.mp3
      26. Favorite Story 471220 015 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.mp3
      27. Favorite Story 490723 097 Around The World In 80 Days.mp3
      28. Hallmark Playhouse 500119 070 Around The World In 80 Days.mp3
      29. ExploringTomorrow58031214MadeInAvak(FairFight).mp3
      30. X Minus One 561010 (070) Colony.mp3
      31. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 20 Planet Of Geniuses.mp3
      32. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 24 Time Heals.mp3
      33. X Minus One 571024 (117) The Light.mp3
      34. Beyond Tomorrow 500405 Requeim.mp3
      35. Cbsrw 570721 75 Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      36. Dimension X 500610 10 Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      37. Dimension X 500624 12 Destination Moon.mp3
      38. Dimension X 500901 22 The Roads Must Roll.mp3
      39. Dimension X 501126 31 Universe.mp3
      40. Dimension X 510920 49 Requiem.mp3
      41. X Minus One 550707 (008) The Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      42. X Minus One 551027 (022) Requiem.mp3
      43. X Minus One 560104 (032) The Roads Must Roll.mp3
      44. Tales Of Tomorrow 530101 01 Watchbird.mp3
      45. X Minus One 560215 (038) Skulking Permit.mp3
      46. X Minus One 560710 (059) Bad Medicine.mp3
      47. X Minus One 560911 (067) The Lifeboat Mutiny.mp3
      48. X Minus One 570213 (088) The Trap.mp3
      49. X Minus One 570306 (091) The Seventh Victim.mp3
      50. X Minus One 570320 (093) Protection.mp3
      51. X Minus One 570410 (096) Something For Nothing.mp3
      52. X Minus One 570711 (102) Early Model.mp3
      53. X Minus One 570926 (113) The Native Problem.mp3
      54. X Minus One 571003 (114) The Wind Is Rising.mp3
      55. X Minus One 580109 (125) Gray Flannel Armor.mp3
      56. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 09 The Moon Is New.mp3
      57. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 19 Overpopulation.mp3
      58. X Minus One 571219 (122) Double Dare.mp3
      59. Escape 470707 001 The Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      60. Escape 480418 037 The Drums Of The Fore And Aft.mp3
      61. Suspense 590531 804 The Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      62. Beyond Tomorrow 500411 Incident At Switchpath.mp3
      63. X Minus One 560703 (058) Mr Costello, Hero.mp3
      64. X Minus One 560724 (061) Stars Are The Styx.mp3
      65. X Minus One 570905 (110) Saucer Of Loneliness.mp3
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    65 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 35 min
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      65 shows - total playtime 28 hours 35 minutes
      1. Dimension X 510726 41 Courtesy.mp3
      2. X Minus One 550818 (014) Courtesy.mp3
      3. X Minus One 560222 (039) Junkyard.mp3
      4. X Minus One 560403 (045) Howto.mp3
      5. X Minus One 560605 (054) Project Mastadon.mp3
      6. X Minus One 570822 (108) Drop Dead.mp3
      7. X Minus One 571031 (118) Lulu.mp3
      8. Cbsrw 570217 53 Space Merchants 1o2.mp3
      9. Cbsrw 570224 54 Space Merchants 2o2.mp3
      10. X Minus One 560314 (042) Tunnel Under The World.mp3
      11. X Minus One 560926 (068) The Map Makers.mp3
      12. X Minus One 570725 (104) The Haunted Corpse.mp3
      13. X Minus One 571226 (123) Target One.mp3
      14. Escape 471029 012 Pollack And The Parrah Man.mp3
      15. Escape 480307 031 Jimmy Goggles, The God.mp3
      16. Escape 480509 040 The Time Machine.mp3
      17. Escape 480905 052 Dream Of Armageddon.mp3
      18. Favorite Story 490528 089 Time Machine.mp3
      19. MT 381030 117 The War Of The Worlds.mp3
      20. Dimension X 510617 37 A Pebble In The Sky.mp3
      21. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 13 The Liar.mp3
      22. X Minus One 560208 (037) Cchute.mp3
      23. X Minus One 561212 (079) Hostess.mp3
      24. Cbs Mercury Theater 381023 116 Around World 80 Days.mp3
      25. Cbs Mercury Theater 460607 301 Around The World I.mp3
      26. Favorite Story 471220 015 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.mp3
      27. Favorite Story 490723 097 Around The World In 80 Days.mp3
      28. Hallmark Playhouse 500119 070 Around The World In 80 Days.mp3
      29. ExploringTomorrow58031214MadeInAvak(FairFight).mp3
      30. X Minus One 561010 (070) Colony.mp3
      31. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 20 Planet Of Geniuses.mp3
      32. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 24 Time Heals.mp3
      33. X Minus One 571024 (117) The Light.mp3
      34. Beyond Tomorrow 500405 Requeim.mp3
      35. Cbsrw 570721 75 Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      36. Dimension X 500610 10 Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      37. Dimension X 500624 12 Destination Moon.mp3
      38. Dimension X 500901 22 The Roads Must Roll.mp3
      39. Dimension X 501126 31 Universe.mp3
      40. Dimension X 510920 49 Requiem.mp3
      41. X Minus One 550707 (008) The Green Hills Of Earth.mp3
      42. X Minus One 551027 (022) Requiem.mp3
      43. X Minus One 560104 (032) The Roads Must Roll.mp3
      44. Tales Of Tomorrow 530101 01 Watchbird.mp3
      45. X Minus One 560215 (038) Skulking Permit.mp3
      46. X Minus One 560710 (059) Bad Medicine.mp3
      47. X Minus One 560911 (067) The Lifeboat Mutiny.mp3
      48. X Minus One 570213 (088) The Trap.mp3
      49. X Minus One 570306 (091) The Seventh Victim.mp3
      50. X Minus One 570320 (093) Protection.mp3
      51. X Minus One 570410 (096) Something For Nothing.mp3
      52. X Minus One 570711 (102) Early Model.mp3
      53. X Minus One 570926 (113) The Native Problem.mp3
      54. X Minus One 571003 (114) The Wind Is Rising.mp3
      55. X Minus One 580109 (125) Gray Flannel Armor.mp3
      56. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 09 The Moon Is New.mp3
      57. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 19 Overpopulation.mp3
      58. X Minus One 571219 (122) Double Dare.mp3
      59. Escape 470707 001 The Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      60. Escape 480418 037 The Drums Of The Fore And Aft.mp3
      61. Suspense 590531 804 The Man Who Would Be King.mp3
      62. Beyond Tomorrow 500411 Incident At Switchpath.mp3
      63. X Minus One 560703 (058) Mr Costello, Hero.mp3
      64. X Minus One 560724 (061) Stars Are The Styx.mp3
      65. X Minus One 570905 (110) Saucer Of Loneliness.mp3
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    65 recordings on 30 Audio CDs
    total playtime 28 hours, 35 min

    Disc A001

    1. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 20 Planet Of Geniuses
    2. Exploring Tomorrow 58xxxx 24 Time Heals

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    Disc A002

    1. Cbs Mercury Theater 381023 116 Around World 80 Days

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    Disc A003

    1. MT 381030 117 The War Of The Worlds

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    Disc A004

    1. Cbs Mercury Theater 460607 301 Around The World I
    2. Escape 470707 001 The Man Who Would Be King

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    Disc A005

    1. Escape 471029 012 Pollack And The Parrah Man
    2. Favorite Story 471220 015 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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    Disc A006

    1. Escape 480307 031 Jimmy Goggles, The God
    2. Escape 480418 037 The Drums Of The Fore And Aft

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    Disc A007

    1. Escape 480509 040 The Time Machine
    2. Escape 480905 052 Dream Of Armageddon

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    Disc A008

    1. Favorite Story 490528 089 Time Machine
    2. Favorite Story 490723 097 Around The World In 80 Days

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    Disc A009

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 500119 070 Around The World In 80 Days
    2. Beyond Tomorrow 500405 Requeim

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    Disc A010

    1. Beyond Tomorrow 500411 Incident At Switchpath
    2. Dimension X 500610 10 Green Hills Of Earth

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    Disc A011

    1. Dimension X 500624 12 Destination Moon
    2. Dimension X 500901 22 The Roads Must Roll

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    Disc A012

    1. Dimension X 501126 31 Universe
    2. Dimension X 510617 37 A Pebble In The Sky

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    Disc A013

    1. Dimension X 510726 41 Courtesy
    2. Dimension X 510920 49 Requiem

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    Disc A014

    1. Tales Of Tomorrow 530101 01 Watchbird
    2. X Minus One 550707 (008) The Green Hills Of Earth

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    Disc A015

    1. X Minus One 550818 (014) Courtesy
    2. X Minus One 551027 (022) Requiem

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    Disc A016

    1. X Minus One 560104 (032) The Roads Must Roll
    2. X Minus One 560208 (037) Cchute

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    Disc A017

    1. X Minus One 560215 (038) Skulking Permit
    2. X Minus One 560222 (039) Junkyard

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    Disc A018

    1. X Minus One 560314 (042) Tunnel Under The World
    2. X Minus One 560403 (045) Howto

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    Disc A019

    1. X Minus One 560605 (054) Project Mastadon
    2. X Minus One 560703 (058) Mr Costello, Hero

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    Disc A020

    1. X Minus One 560710 (059) Bad Medicine
    2. X Minus One 560724 (061) Stars Are The Styx

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    Disc A021

    1. X Minus One 560911 (067) The Lifeboat Mutiny
    2. X Minus One 560926 (068) The Map Makers

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    Disc A022

    1. X Minus One 561010 (070) Colony
    2. X Minus One 561212 (079) Hostess

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    Disc A023

    1. X Minus One 570213 (088) The Trap
    2. Cbsrw 570217 53 Space Merchants 1o2
    3. Cbsrw 570224 54 Space Merchants 2o2

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    Disc A024

    1. X Minus One 570306 (091) The Seventh Victim
    2. X Minus One 570320 (093) Protection
    3. X Minus One 570410 (096) Something For Nothing

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    Disc A025

    1. X Minus One 570711 (102) Early Model
    2. Cbsrw 570721 75 Green Hills Of Earth
    3. X Minus One 570725 (104) The Haunted Corpse

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    Disc A026

    1. X Minus One 570822 (108) Drop Dead
    2. X Minus One 570905 (110) Saucer Of Loneliness

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    Disc A027

    1. X Minus One 570926 (113) The Native Problem
    2. X Minus One 571003 (114) The Wind Is Rising
    3. X Minus One 571024 (117) The Light

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    Disc A028

    1. X Minus One 571031 (118) Lulu
    2. X Minus One 571219 (122) Double Dare
    3. X Minus One 571226 (123) Target One

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    Disc A029

    1. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 13 The Liar
    2. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 09 The Moon Is New
    3. Exploring Tomorrow 580000 19 Overpopulation

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    Disc A030

    1. X Minus One 580109 (125) Gray Flannel Armor
    2. ExploringTomorrow58031214MadeInAvak(FairFight)
    3. Suspense 590531 804 The Man Who Would Be King

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