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SThe last day of September is here, and with it comes an end to "Sci-Fi September". I've had a lot of fun doing this, and I hope that everyone has enjoyed the material I have shared this month. There were many albums that I didn't get a chance to sure, and perhaps I'll put them up after October is over. Once again, I will be participating in "Halloween Countdown" next month, a community wide event that several bloggers take part in during October, in which the participants post Halloween related material until October 31st finally arrives.
I wanted to share something special for the last day of "Sci-Fi September", and while it isn't music, I hope it will bring you as much enjoyment as it has for me. I present to you all 124 episodes of the OTR (Old-Time Radio) show, X-Minus One. I have several OTR shows in digital format, most of which originated from Archive.org, and the archives normally just contain the audio files of each episode. When I searched for episodes of X Minus One and found this collection I was immediately stunned upon extracting the archived contents. It is was immediately obvious that the people responsible for putting this collection together display a level of devotion that is unparalleled among OTR enthusiasts. The group responsible have dubbed themselves "The Old Time Radio Researchers Group". You can find the link to their website, which contains several other OTR collections, at the bottom of this post. The group makes the accuracy and completeness of their collections one of their top priorities, and they even issue their own certifications for their releases based on "OTRR Certified Standards". This release was issued both "OTTR Certified Accurate" and "OTTR Certified Complete" certificates, which indicate that the series is as complete as possible, and each track is properly identified and labeled. The Certified Series section of their website states the following:
"The OTRR Group's Certified library is currently the most accurate archive of OTR series in the world. Each series has been thoroughly researched, accurately labeled (dates and titles), and transcribed at the highest quality possible. Furthermore, each series also includes many additional historic features such as photos, bios and additional sound clips."
As is mentioned above, not only does this collection contain all 124 episodes, but it also includes e-books for dozens of the episodes, digital scans of Galaxy magazine in e-book format, dozens of custom album art images, CD labels, pictures of the authors, scripts from the show, and slew of other bonus features. OTRR has truly went above and beyond in putting this collection together and I couldn't be more impressed. The download is rather large, with the download size of each disc exceeding 600MB; however, if you're a fan of science fiction, and have even the slightest interest in old time radio shows, you'll be very thankful that you took the time to download this collection.
Once again, I'm short on time, so I'm going to close this post out by sharing some information from the X Minus One Wikipedia article:
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC.
Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950–51), the first 15 episodes of X Minius One were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts,of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with some original scripts by Kinoy and Lefferts.
Included in the series were adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit," Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven," Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", " Pohl’s "The Tunnel under the World," J. T. McIntosh’s "Hallucination Orbit," Fritz Leiber’s "A Pail of Air" and George Lefferts' "The Parade."
The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into this introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction):
..."Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one... Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed 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 in cooperation with Street and Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents... X Minus One."
The series was canceled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was created in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts. All episodes of the show survive. - Wikipedia"
Disc 1 - Tracklist:
00. Introduction to the OTRR 01. X Minus One Audio Brief 000. And The Moon Be Still As Bright 001. No Contact 002. The Parade 003. Mars is Heaven 004. Universe - Robert A. Heinlein 005. Knock - Frederic Brown 006. The Man in The Moon 007. Perigi’s Wonderful Dolls 008. The Green Hills Of Earth 009. Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitorium 010. Nightmare 011. The Embassy 012. The Veldt 013. Almost Human 014. Courtesy 015. The Cold Equation 016. Shanghaied 017. The Martian Death March 018. The Castaways 019. And the Moon be still as bright 020. First Contact 021. Child’s play 022. Requiem 023. Hello Tomorrow 024. Dwellers in silence 025. The Outer Limit 026. Zero Hour 027. Vital Factor 028. Nightfall 029. To the Future 030. Marionettes, Inc. 031. A Logic Named Joe 032. The Roads Must Roll 033. Time And Time Again 034. Perigi’s Wonderful Dolls (Rebroadcast) 035. The Parade (Rebroadcast) 036. Cave Of Night 037. C-Chute 038. Skulking Permit 039. Junkyard 040. Hello, Tomorrow 041. A Gun For Dinosaur 042. Tunnel Under The World
Disc 2 - Tracklist:
043. $1000 A Plate 044. A Pail Of Air 045. How-To 046. Star Bright 047. Jaywalker 048. The Sense Of Wonder 049. Sea Legs 051. Hallucination Orbit 050. The Seventh Order 052. The Defenders 053. Lulunganeena 054. Project Mastadon 055. If You Was A Mocklin 056. Project Trojan 057. Wherever You May Be 058. Mr. Costello, Hero 059. Bad Medicine 060. The Old Die Rich 061. Stars Are The Styx 063. The Last Martian 062. Student Body 064. The Snowball Effect 065. Surface Tension 066. Tunnel Under The World (Rebroadcast) 067. The Lifeboat Mutiny 067. The Map Makers 069. Protective Mimicry 070. Colony 071. Soldier Boy 072. Pictures Don’t Lie 073. Sam, This Is You 074. Appointment In Tomorrow 075. (Repeat of episode 17) 076. Chain Of Command 078. There Will Come Soft Rains 079. Hostess 080. The Reluctant Heroes 081. Honeymoon In Hell 082. The Moon Is Green 083. Saucer Of Loneliness 084. The Girls From Earth 085. Open Warfare 086. Caretaker 087. Venus Is A Man’s World 088. The Trap 089. Field Study 090. Real Gone
Disc 3 - Tracklist:
091. The Seventh Victim 092. The Lights on Precipice Peak 093. Protection 094. At the Post 095. Martian Sam 096. Something for Nothing 097. Discovery of Morniel Mathaway 098. Mans Best Friend 099. Inside Story 100. The Category Inventor 101. Skulking Permit 102. Early Model 103. The Merchants of Venus 104. The Haunted Corpse 105. End as a World 106. The Scapegoat 107. At the Post 108. Drop Dead 109. Volpla 110. Saucer of Loneliness 111. The Old Die Rich 112. Tsylana 113. The Native Problem 114. The Wind Is Rising 115. Death Wish 116. Point of Departure 117. The Light 118. Lulu 119. The Coffin Cure 120. Shocktroop 121. The Haunted Corpse 122. Double Dare 123. Target One 124. Prime Difference 125. Gray Flannel Armor 126. The Iron Chancellor