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Science Fiction from the Mutual Network, Pt 2

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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...

Journey Into Space: Old Time Radio Shows

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In the mid 1950's the Light Programme service had the idea that a Science Fiction series would be popular. The assignment was handed over to producer Charles Chilton. Chilton didn't have any background in science, or science fiction, but the general thought was that if he could produce a successful  western  from London ( Riders of the Range had six seasons, ending in 1953) he should be able to handle a trip to the moon! Originally scheduled for eight episodes,  Journey to the Moon  proved to be some what tedious listening through the first four episodes, as the "ground work" was established for a moon launch using the best guesses of the potential technology from a 1953 perspective. Once the mission "got off the ground", following the launch of the spacecraft in episode 5, the popularity soared as well, and the series was extended to 18 episodes (rerecorded the original series for overseas distribution in 1958, as  Operation Luna . This time the story