An overview of Ray Bradbury’s new novel. We find a peaceful Martian home, but the complacent lifestyle is interrupted when strange dreams plague the lonely housewife. What does it mean? Can the jealous husband end it all when he takes matters into his own hands?
Later, we find that a raiding party of Earth men find a city that has been laid waste. Is it a time for celebration, or mourning? How did the destruction come? It seems to be the beginning of a new frontier for Earth.
Years pass, and the Martian frontier is booming. Still, trouble looms back on Earth. A family senses the coming danger, and flees to Mars to start a new life. Will others fare so well, or has atomic war spelled the end for humanity?
- Dimension X – There Will Come Soft Rain – Zero Hour. ep11, ep11, 500617 – A story that depicts the atomic ending to this saga, and an additional story of alien invasion.
- X Minus One – And The Moon Be Still As Bright. 560422 – The part of the saga where our space travellers find the vacant city.
Nuclear testing is to be done on a remote Pacific atoll. Though the military is adamant in proceding on schedule, and at all costs, the natives on the island refuse to leave.
Will the curse of the tribe doom the experiment? Will the commanding officer heed their warnings, and let them hold onto their homeland? The curse seems sealed when the natives commit mass suicide rather than lose their home.
The final countdown is one that leads to one disaster after another. The bomb doesn’t go off, the commander and top scientist personally go to find out what happened, and then… Well, just listen and enjoy the final twists, and an ending that may not be as predictable as you would expect.
Compare: X Minus One – castaways 09/55 A show provided by a contributor.2017-08-04
At a doll shop near the Pentagon, a little girl and her mom do some window shopping. When daddy stops along to meet them, the small, life like dolls are just too precious to pass up. As dad runs off on another errand, Mr Perigi shows off his animated, talking dolls with artificial intelligence. A sale is made, but when Toto the doll is brought home, the family dog changes from a gentle little pup to a growling beast who takes offense at the new doll.
Strange things begin to happen at home. Hateful and murderous things. Mom and dad just don’t believe her when Cindy claims to have nothing to do with the occurances. How can a doll be to blame? Emotions run high, and get worse when secret papers from the Pentagon are found missing. The doll and the girl are at the center of the upsetting events, but dad still won’t believe that little Cindy is innocent. Logic dictates that the girl may need psychiatric help.
The frustrated dad takes the doll back to the shop, but will that be the end of the rash of problems? Perigi has the missing strong box with papers, and a situation of blackmail is in the open. What’s really going on here?
Will dad stand for the threats? Hasty action is taken, but when dad realizes the real secret of the doll, will anybody believe him?2017-07-28
As a military officer reports into his isolated, and far flung duty station, he learns of the locals, and some of their traditions and customs. A tribe of pottery makers are a wild and fearless bunch who raid the mild natives to collect the bones of the dead. The bones are used to make the pottery, and the belief is the souls of the dead then live on forever in the glaze of the pottery. When there’s not enough dead to meet the demand for the pottery production, live natives are taken to meet the quota.
When the native girl that our officer is sweet on, comes up missing, he goes to investigate. The settlement commander is determined to use heavy handed tactics to enforce peace, especially if it proves true the barbaric band off potters are actually kidnapping living natives to harvest their bones. Yeah, just drop a nuke on them. That’ll teach them to not kill innocent natives.
Our quick thinking officer swings a peaceful bargain with the tribal leader to set the living natives free. Even better, they promise never to do it again. All it’ll cost him is shipments of pure lime to meet all production demands, and the kicker is… the secret to making the rare, and yet unknown yellow glaze.
Can the glaze be produced in such short notice? What chemical, or technology might the resourceful man think up to win the day? In the end, the commander is furious that his orders were disobeyed, it took so long to deal with the tribe, and his biolent methods were abandonned for peaceful ones. The nuclear meltdown of tempers has a twist ending that lets peace rule the day.2017-07-21
Mr Arnold is an American correspondent who visits a humble scientist and his family. What’s the breakthrough discovery that must be kept quiet? Is there someone who might benefit from betraying the scientist?
Nazzi police haul in Arnold, in hopes of learning about the discovery. It’s a shrink ray, but how will it help fight against tanks, and heavy weapons? Enemy forces close in on the lab, and it becomes urgent to make the ultimate test, one on a human subject.
The scientists grown children, Henri and Eva, make their escape by subjecting themselves to the shrink ray. As the Nazi police break down the door, what will become of Arnold the scientist, and the ray machine? The Nazi’s are more concerned with the involvement of Henri and Eva’s activity with the resistence underground than the machine though. Can Henri and Eva be brought back, or will they continue to shrink into oblivion? The machine seems to also have a strange affect on the fabric of time and space.2017-07-14
In the radio broadcast service for the Missing Persons Bureau, a strange radio signal cuts in over the normally secure channel. Who could be doing such a thing? Where is the signal coming from? Can it be a message from the moon? Names are mentioned in the message that match up with missing person reports, but nobody believes the report that Henry is giving. Mr Philo, a newspaper reporter is willing to listen to the theories that Henry, and the broadcast technician have been working on.
The plot thickens when a list of names is found on Henrys desk, who become the next ones to report as missing over his broadcast. As the facts emerge, and the newspaper reports hit the press, the syndical, grumpy boss begins to soften and listens to Henry’s theories. The broadcast studios seem eery and spooky after hours when the boss joins Henry in a meeting with the reporter as another moon broadcast is expected. Is there a conspiracy of some sort? Renegade scientists, slave labor, atomic energy, flying disks, invasions? What kind of danger has Henry exposed?
The boss is now a convert, and as he tries to keep Henry safe, and make a quick get away, things begin to fall apart. What kind of evil forces has henry gotten riled up, and on his case? What does it mean when he suddenly finds himself on a rocket that is blasting off for the moon? By the time he learns the truth behind the missing persons, and the evil plot to invade the earth, it may be too late for poor Henry. Good always triumphs over evil, right?
Compare to: X Minus One – The Man In The Moon. 5505292017-07-07
Man first lands on Mars, with all it’s secrets to be revealed. That day has come as a rocket landing craft lands in the dark. April 20, 1987. Wow, so that’s when it was. Funny, I don’t remember that happening. Although I think I was out of the country at that time.
The captain of the Naval vessel prepares his crew for what to expect, and rules to follow once they open the airlocks and take their first steps on the Red planet. The astronauts nervously smoke cigarettes, and talk about their hometowns. now that’s intelligent, smoking in the high oxygen environment in their space craft.
The landing party exits. What will the trigger happy crew find? A regular old fashioned house, complete with crowing roosters, pianos, porch swings, and everything a hometown back on Earth would have. What logical reason could be behind this? Has the rocket ship went backward in time, and landed on the Earth of 1928?
One of the crew finds his grandparents, and they claim that they’ve been there since they died several years before. Is Mars heaven? Back at the ship the captain thinks they’re being overrun, but it’s a swarm of long dead relatives there to greet the crew, and welcome them. Reunions and celebrations are the word of the day. Everybody but the ship doctor seems to have found family members on Mars. It’s time to call it a night, but should the crew return to their ship, or just stay with the new found relatives.
In the wee hours of the night, the ship doctor and captain talk about the happenings. The doc hits on a theory of what’s going on, but will anybody believe him? Is there some kind of mind control trick going on? What will be the fate of the heros in the cfrew when the Martians show their true faces?2017-07-01
Joe is a 1974 model logic, and this is the story of how Frank Caldwell saved civilization as we know it.
Frank is a salesman who deals in logics. It’s a machine like an old fashioned TV. Just ask it a question, press a few buttons, and after a few calculations it spits out the answer. Sounds like a computer to me.
blockquote>Hey Siri… What’s a logic?
A systematic form of arguments.
Hmm… I guess it means something different in the far flung year of 1974.
Hey Siri, how do you ki…
I’m sorry, I don’t know what you mean by, “How do you….”
Hmm… Nevermind. I really don’t want to know.
Sorry again, but this is just too close to technology of the 21st century. Back to the story.
In a humorous, tongue in cheek telling, criminals try to take advantage of the heavy influence of these machines on the world. Just when you think that people will take advantage of the machines, they turn around to block the attempt. Machines know your life history, connect you to long lost loved ones, know secrets about personal lives that we would like to keep secret.
Hmm… when was the last time I updated my virus software, and cleared my cookies and browsing history? /darnit! More distractions. Sorry. Now where was I with the story…
How does Frank deal with his problem from the perspective of 1955 looking ahead to the mid 1970? Call out military force?
Hide from the cops? Something else?
It was Frank who discovered the security risk with the logics, and it’s his idea that will plug the hole. It all hinges on the logic named Joe, and the trouble has to be put to a stop.
PS: Often mid 20th century futuristic writers get it all wrong, or atleast figure that technology will either move at a mpre advanced rqate. Though the technology in this episode is slightly ahead of it’s time, it’s not that far off. It only missed by 30 or 40 years. Computers now evade just about every aspect of our lives. We freely upload our personal data into the cloud, lr on social media sites, and ex;expect p;ublic forums to be our private place to rant. Hackers, spammers, scammers have taken advantage of security flaws, but in a much bigger way than in the show. Fortunately, just as in the show, humans are still capable of outsmarting machines. They aren’t the real cause of the havok afterall. machines are simply tools that can be used equally for good, or bad. It’s people who are still in control of that.2017-06-17
Soft Rain: A futuristic family from 1985 moves into a fully automated house, sure to meet every need. The pleasure of being served by robots, in their self cleaning house is cut short when a nuclear holocost leaves the world outside scorched and charred.
Now the house continues to feed, and serve nobody. It takes on a surreal nature to witness the house serving its human occupants, oblivious to the emptiness of it. When will it all end? Nature takes its course over time.
In the far flung futuristic year of 1985, kids play outdoors, just as on any typical day. Mom gets dinner ready and dad is home from work. At first there’s nothing out of the ordinary, but the kids are playing a new game called, Invasion. Such imaginations kids have.
Mom gets more concerned when she uses the televisor, a Jetson style video phone, and talks to a friend from some distance away. Her kids are also playing this new invasion game. What does it all mean, and who is this imaginary friend named Drill?
It’s simple. The little girl explains it all, aliens from outer space are coming to invade the earth, and the only ones who can see them, at least for now, are the kids. Drill and his invaders have the kids gather materials, and build the portal they need to come through, and promise the kids they will rule the world, and can stay up late, and watch whatever they want on the televisor. Zero hour is set for 5PM today, and little Mink promises that all the adults and big kids will be killed, but she’ll do what she can to make Drill spare her parents. It’s all just crazy kid games… right? Mom and dad learn the truth, but now it’s too late.
PS: I just love these far flung future shows that are taking place in our far flung past. Kids still did play outdoors for the most part in 1985, and at least in our house mom and dad were present in the home, but that televisor thing was still a far cry from existing back then. It’s more of an invention of today’s times, with things like video chat, and online conferencing. Not to mention all the television programming that is now available off the web.