Humans occupy the lower decks of a space ark; mutants control the upper decks. But is there life beyond? Based on a story by Robert Heinlein, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on August 2, 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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An ark in space that loses it's purpose.
Never read the short story but I enjoyed this Heinlein story about a space ship that had been in space so long that after mutinees and factions creating their own religion lose all sight of the original purpose of the mission.
The mutants were more humane than the humans. Sad but so true.
The head mutant who shows the young scientist the errors of his beliefs by opening the spaceships shields to display the universe outside. That was an awesome moment.
It made me angry that the powers to be refused to listen to any reason and only after they had no chance of survival did they realize that the young scientist and the mutants were telling the truth.
Great Heinlein story, dramatically told.
- Kristi Richardson
Needs better audio