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X Minus One - June 12, 1956 - AFRTS Pgm 77 - If You Was a Moklin

July 31st, 2008

In this episode of the classic NBC science fiction series "X Minus One", a group of human traders at a far planetary outpost deal with an alien population that can control the characteristics of their offspring.

"If You Was a Moklin" was originally broadcast on June 12, 1956; the version heard here is an excellent condition copy broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service as program 77 in the "X Minus One" series.  It was transferred directly from a set of AFRTS vinyl transcriptions.

The episode was written by Murray Leinster and adapted for the series by Ernest Kinoy.  The program stars Joe Julian, Patricia Weil, Karl Weber and Ralph Camargo.

This really is "X Minus One" at its best - great little stories that focus on the characters and use just the right touch of humor with the sci-fi element as a backdrop and motivator of the plot.  It's frustrating to me how the sci-fi genre has become centered on all kinds of quasi-technical gobbledygook or new age mysticism and quack philosophy in recent years, rather than using a sci-fi theme or setting to create good storytelling.


  • Jim Blackson

    Thank you. I always to hear great X Minus One stories!

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm
  • Mark Cooper

    We are lucky, actually, that dozens and dozens of this series survives in high quality recordings.

    Jan 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm