Join host David Mayne for a far out afternoon of epic space and sci-fi adventures as we broadcast two original episodes of the 50’s cult classic radio program, X Minus One, along with commentary and special guests!
On this episode:
“Knock”, written by Fredric Brown, is a science fiction short story that starts with a short-short story based on the following text of Thomas Bailey Aldrich:
Imagine all human beings swept off the face of the earth, excepting one man. Imagine this man in some vast city, New York or London. Imagine him on the third or fourth day of his solitude sitting in a house and hearing a ring at the door-bell! (Ponkapog Papers, 1904)
Fredric Brown condensed this text to “a sweet little horror story that is only two sentences long.” Knock then goes on to elaborate on those two sentences and build a more complete plot around them.
It was published in the December 1948 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. There have been three different radio adaptations (Dimension X, X Minus One and Sci Fi Channel’s Seeing Ear Theatre). The story was reprinted in The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949
“The Man In The Moon”
The Federal Missing Persons Bureau receives a desperate radio message from a crank who claims to be calling from the Moon (unlikely in 1950). Of course the call is dismissed, until a minor functionary begins to suspect that the call is related to a strange series of disappearances over the past several years.
Versions of this story were produced for Dimension X and Future Tense.
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