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Science Fiction from the Mutual Network, Pt 2

The science fiction radio series ,  Exploring Tomorrow   came to Mutual for a short run in 1957-58. The program, which was a summer replacement for  Gangbusters ,  was narrated by  Astounding  Magazine editor John W. Campbell. Favorite episodes include: Exploring Tomorrow :  The Adventure of the Beauty Queen , broadcast 6/25/1958.  Miss USA 1958 is awakened by a mysterious Voice, from the future! A Future scientist is exploring the nature of beauty, and has fallen in love with the Beauty Queen. Now he wants to bring her to the future, to stay with him. Exploring Tomorrow :  First Baby in Space (a.k.a. Space Baby),   by Randall Garrett, broadcast 6/15/1958.  A space station is damaged by a meteorite, for which it is prepared, but it isn't prepared for the expectant mother who is injured, or her baby which will need an incubator to survive. Incubator? There's no incubator on a space station...

Science Fiction from the Mutual Network, Pt 1

The Mutual Network was in many ways the "little brother" of the Big Four radio networks.  However being small lead to the need to be innovative on many occasions. One example is the world of adult radio Science Fiction . The anthology program  2000 Plus  premiered on Mutual on Mar 15, 1952, nearly a month before  Dimension X  appeared on NBC.  2000+  was unique in that the program used all original stories as opposed to the adaptations featured on  Dimension X   and the later  X Minus One.   S ome of our favorite episodes include: 2000 Plus :  T he Brooklyn Brain , broadcast 6/21/1950.  A young man needs instant wisdom and culture to win his girl, so he volunteers to have scientists give him an electronic brain that will allow him to learn anything instantly. 2000 Plus :    The Green Thing , broadcast 9/27/1950.  A patient in a sanitarium is haunted by dreams of a horrible green monster. The doctors struggle to find what it means when they discover other patients are