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.
"Engaging Sci Fi Irony!"
A man, a space bubble, and space. Two men had already gone insane claiming "it" was trying to get in and kill them. Green, the third man to enter the bubble, would not be affected. Or would he?
All that stands between a plot to dissolve the Terran Republic is a drunken Strategic Services Agent named George Rockford, a recent Space Patrol Academy graduate, a second lieutenant named Dale Hunter, and a dog-like Altarian alien named Alonso.
The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly, the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs!
"The Mysterious Island of Space"
The problem of separating the friends from the enemies was a major one in the conquest of space as many a dead spacer could have testified. A tough job when you could see an alien and judge appearances; far tougher when they were only whispers on the wind. A smile of friendship is a baring of the teeth. So is a snarl of menace. It can be fatal to mistake the latter for the former.