• X Minus One

  • Marionettes, Inc. (Dramatized)
  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Performance
  • Release date: 04-05-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

How can you escape your wife? Just buy a robot duplicate of yourself. Great idea? Maybe not. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on December 21, 1955. X Minus One premiered in April 1955 on NBC and ran until January 1958. Like its predecessor series, Dimension X, X Minus One featured stories by the greatest names in modern science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Robert Bloch, and many more.
(P)2006 Radio Spirits Inc.
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Critic reviews

"[ X Minus One] brought current SF to radio, providing adaptations of many excellent new stories and thus allowing the public to appreciate the best science fiction available at the time." (Michael Ashley, The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 20-07-15

Clever and portenteous

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kristi R. on 07-04-13

Great story about robots taking over!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By BJ on 29-03-17

When stories awaked the imagnaion within us.

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. :)

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