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Your daily Sci-Fi 5 is five minutes of science fiction history. Presented by a panel of hosts who share some of the least-known details about some of the best-known stories in popular culture. Brought to you by Roddenberry, the first name in science fiction.
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BBC writer Douglas Adams was asked to draft an original comedy script which he conceived as a small, one-room affair that wouldn't strain the production budget. When he was encouraged to think bigger, the story became the epic tale of Arthur Dent and company who zoom through the galaxy aboard a stolen spaceship after Earth's destruction - and that was only the beginning. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy began on March 8, 1978. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
Fans of Michael Crichton's sci-fi thriller about killer robots in a theme park were filled with anticipation when "Westworld" made the jump from feature film to TV series. If you were thinking of the HBO hit though, you might be surprised to learn about "Beyond Westworld" that premiered on March 5, 1980 and then quickly went away. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
The problem for NBC was how to put a science-fiction show on the air without setting it in space. The solution was to set it underwater and thus "Man From Atlantis" was created and premiered on March 4, 1977. Even with TV's Patrick Duffy, top guest stars and Star Trek veterans behind the scenes, the show had a tough time staying afloat. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 and get your daily dose of science-fiction history.
Charlotte, North Carolina is a long way from Hollywood, but in 1956 MGM decided to premiere a new sci-fi film there at the Southeastern Science Fiction Convention on March 3, 1956. That movie, Forbidden Planet, would amaze its small audience and go on to become one of the most important films of the genre ever made. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
Special guest host Gates McFadden tells the story of the launch of Pioneer 10, the fastest vehicle built by humans at the time and the first to pass through the asteroid belt to get a close glimpse of Jupiter. What became of Pioneer 10 and its invitation to aliens to visit Earth? Find out on today's Sci-Fi 5. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
Science fiction arrived at one of the great institutions of science fact on March 1, 1974. The 11-foot original filming model of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek was donated by Paramount to go on display at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but it was a bumpy road before and after. Get the full story in today's episode. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
Alien from L.A. may have had a lot working against it when it premiered on February 26, 1988 - an inexperienced director and star, a low budget and a laughable script. It found a new audience through MST3K, though, and it even has a sequel... of sorts. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
H.P. Lovecraft wrote the story in 1927 of this fearsome foe from outer space: the color magenta. If that premise isn't oddly intriguing enough, the movie version had the good sense to put Nicolas Cage in the lead role. Find out what exactly is the Color Out of Space that premiered on February 25, 2019. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
The juggernaut that is the Star Wars universe has permeated every form of media, including video games. The first official game, The Empire Strikes Back, made its debut on the Atari 2600 system on February 24, 1982. Many players were thrilled play in the Star Wars universe, even while Harlan Ellison called it  "electronic botulism." Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
If your science fiction could use more singing cowboys and robot hats, The Phantom Menace has got you covered. Find out why this serial delighted audiences with its tales of a lost, scientifically-advanced civilization and the crooning of Gene Autry. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 premiered on February 22, 1993 although it would be much longer before audiences got anything beyond the pilot episode. The show that paved the way for science-fiction on TV the flex serialized storytelling is the focus of today's Sci-Fi 5. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
That thing in the sky was just some swamp gas... or was it? Dragnet's Jack Webb dug into the government's files for sightings of unidentified flying objects to bring "Project U.F.O." to TV audiences on February 19, 1978. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
Planet or planetoid? Does it even matter? Either way, that far-off body in our solar system has inspired the creators of science fiction stories from the date it was first spotted - February 18, 1930. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily dose of science-fiction history.
Who can forget the adventures of Bill and Ted in their time van with faithful companion dog Rufus? All of us - because that's not the movie we got. In 1989, we get Bill & Ted's Excellent adventured which premiered on February 17th. Here's the story behind the excellent story. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science-fiction history.
Find out how having the perfect shoe size led to Jeremy Bulloch inhabiting one of the most iconic roles in the Star Wars universe. Then hear the tragic story of what happened to a signed, mint-condition Boba Fett action figure. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science fiction history.
Not doing anything for the next three million years? Then grab a curry and join the crew of the Red Dwarf. The series about the last human alive and his companions premiered on February 15, 1988 and merged sci-fi with comedy... or comedy with sci-fi... and cats. Subscribe to Sc-Fi 5 for a daily dose of science fiction history.
During a surge of popular 1980s movies being remade in the 2010s, Robocop seemed a sure bet. Without the violence or biting satire of the original, would audiences respond? Today we're looking back at Robocop, released on February 12, 2014. Get five minutes of science-fiction history every weekday by subscribing to Sci-Fi 5.
The first ever science-fiction TV broadcast occurred on February 11, 1938. The BBC aired a 35-minute adaptation of Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." which also happened to be the first place the word "robot" was ever used. Check out the modern adaptation of R.U.R. by director James Kerwin. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5 for your daily five minutes of science-fiction history.
Where atomic testing occurs, giant mutant monsters can't be far behind. That's the setup for Roger Corman's "Attack of the Crab Monsters" that premiered on February 10, 1957. Ever meet a man-eating crab that snores and speaks with a French accent? You're going to now. Get a daily dose of science fiction history in each episode of Sci-Fi 5.
When a couple of Doctor Who writers struck out on their own to create an original TV science-fiction series, they delivered "Doomwatch" which premiered on February 9, 1970. Part science, part government conspiracy, the show was a more adult take on the genre, and it was well received at the time. Find out why audiences today will have a hard time catching up on the series. Subscribe to Sci-Fi 5, your daily five minutes of science fiction history.
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