Space explorers return from Mars to discover a post-apocalyptic Earth - and a very strange family. Based on a story from Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on July 19, 1951. Featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense", Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950, through September 29, 1951. The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction, including Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon, and many others.
"The landmark series was Dimension X, which was broadcast by NBC....It was the first radio series to treat science fiction in an adult way." (Mike Ashley, Transformations: The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine 1950 to 1970)
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Storytelling by a master!
The story was great. The acting was fine. I enjoy listening to these old 50's radio shows. Intelligent and thought provoking dramas.
There was a Star Trek Next Generations story that was similar to this. Both were about lonely people who build a family or companion of robots to keep them alive, that they eventually grow old and leave them on their own. What are the moral dilemnas in a case like this? It certainly makes you think.
This is more than a narrator, this is a full blown theatrical play with several actors that truly bring this story to life.
I was especially moved when the woman told the astronaut she felt "a new feeling, of longing" that she hadn't been programmed for. Her creator never wanted her to feel sadness or loneliness because it was so painful for him. I feel that she may have achieved sentience and may be a true new life form.
Great story by Ray Bradbury from his Martian Chronicles.
- Kristi Richardson