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What did you like most about X Minus One?
The clever story with its terrific twists and ambiguous ending is portenteous, particularly when we now have computers passing the Turing test and showing self-awareness.
What other book might you compare X Minus One to, and why?
Science fiction which could become science fact - Philip K Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep' or 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale' come to mind.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
This is a dramatisation, and of its time (1965). Interesting as a period piece and lots of fun, but I think I'd rather read/listen to the unabridged version.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It's not moving, but very clever - the moment the protagonist finds out that his wife has raided their joint bank account and the likely reason why is both funny and chilling at the same time.
Any additional comments?
Even if you're not a great sci-fi fan, this is a great story well told.
What made the experience of listening to X Minus One the most enjoyable?
This short radio play was fun and fast paced. A man wants some away time from his wife so gets a robot that looks just like him to fill in while he is gone. Trouble is the robot doesn't want to be turned off and the trouble begins.
What was one of the most memorable moments of X Minus One?
When the star finds out what happened to the $10 thousand dollars they were saving for a vacation house. Great twist!
Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I love these old science fiction shows. Some of the best writers had their stories done on these formats and it's great fun to rediscover them.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely! Quick short listen.
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This is one of Bradburys stories that wake us smile, cringe and feel wistful. Thoughts we played wth as very young teens. those of us who THOUGHT and were dreamers. Dream along with this story. :)