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Ron’s Amazing Stories is a weekly podcast. We play classic short stories, old-time radio and much more. Do you have a story that you want to tell? Ron will read it on the show or you can tell it for yourself! Also, we do interviews with authors, radio personalities, actors and even an NBA all-star

May 21, 2013

On this week’s program we have a great Sci-Fi story from the old time radio program Dimension X. Also we will talk about some of the early origins of Science Fiction. Who was the first? I guess I what it probably boils down to be is your point of view rather than any one work of fiction.

Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950 and ran only two seasons. It is odd when it comes down to it. There just were not that many Sci-Fi series or stories to come out of the golden age of radio. You would think that it would be the perfect medium for the air waves. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults.

The tale we have comes from the extensive works and talents of
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He was an American writer known for his blend of satire, gallows humor, and of course science fiction. The story is called, “The Report on the Barnhouse Effect” and is as potent today as it was when it first aired on Dimension X on April 22, 1950.