The Sunstealers – Part 1

Alien WorldsAboard the Starlab space station orbiting Earth, research director Maura Cassidy finds herself in the midst of extraordinary events when all of the station’s instruments indicate that the sun is collapsing. The entire inner solar system fleet of the International Space Authority depends on solar energy, as does Earth itself, and preparations are made to send an expedition to take closer measuresments and perhaps find out the cause. Captain Graydon leads the mission, though Cassidy is less than thrilled to learn that his co-pilot will be Captain Griff, a man who she holds responsible for her father’s death on a past expedition. Though they are warned of the possibility by an excitable scientist named Tim, Graydon and Griff are still stunned to find a new planetoid inside the orbit of Venus, occupied by the insectoid Marcabs, who care nothing that their rapid “mining” of the sun will spell doom for humanity.

written by Mike Hodel and Lee Hansen
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Jeff Allen (Tim), Stu Jacobs (Zarr Khonar), Tom Rounds (Gargon)

Notes: Starlab’s formal name is the Arthur C. Clarke Astronomical Observatory. Alien Worlds was syndicated to radio stations across America (and elsewhere in the English-speaking world) by Watermark, a radio syndication company that had already made its fame as the originators of America’s Top 40 with Casey Kasem. (Kasem himself would guest star in a later episode of Alien Worlds.) Though not as universally popular as Kasem’s pop music countdown show, Alien Worlds was popular enough to merit two full seasons; production was brought to a halt and the series was cancelled after four installments of a third season had been produced. Corey Burton’s voice acting career continues to this day, and he can be heard in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and dozens of video games.

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The Sunstealers – Part 2

Alien WorldsCaptain Jon Graydon escapes from the Marcabs, but must leave Captain Griff in the Marcabs’ clutches if he is to escape and warn the ISA of the alien threat to Earth’s solar system. Maura and Tim devise a counter-magnetic generator to render the Marcabs’ sun-mining artificial planetoid helpless, while Graydon plans to lead a desperate flight back to that planetoid to deliver the weapon – and, if possible, to rescue Griff.

written by Mike Hodel and Lee Hansen
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Jeff Allen (Tim), Stu Jacobs (Zarr Khonar), Tom Rounds (Gargon)

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The Starsmith Project – Part 1

Alien WorldsOn planet Timeon III, eccentric elderly scientist Logan Starsmith works in secrecy on an interstellar drive more than ten times more powerful than the engines currently installed aboard the ISA’s fleet, including Captain Graydon’s Delta One. But an enormous alien craft has intercepted vital parts en route to Starsmith, putting the ISA on high alert. On the planet Nikona, the mad Emperor Mika weighs the decision of what to do with the crew of the Earth freighter he has hijacked. Delta One is sent to Timeon III to bring Professor Starsmith back to Earth space for his own protection, but during hyperdrive, Starsmith abruptly begins transforming into something non-human…

written by Mike Hodel and Lee Hansen
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Richard Paul (Professor Starsmith), Byron Kane (Matib), Francis Bay (Emperor Mika), Lester Fletcher (Starsmith’s Assistant), Carol Bilger (Ariana), Gail Murphy (Dr. Rossiter)

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The Starsmith Project – Part 2

Alien WorldsRushed to the sick bay aboard Starlab, Professor Starsmith is dying. A voice that isn’t his begs for Starlab’s doctors to save his life, and even tells them how to prepare an atmosphere that will allow him to recover. The being that had been masquerading as Starsmith is a refugee from Nikona, and asks for the ISA’s intervention to save his planet from Emperor Mika’s insane reign. But any Earthman setting foot on Nikona will be marked for death the moment the Emperor sees him.

written by Mike Hodel and Lee Hansen
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Richard Paul (Professor Starsmith), Byron Kane (Matib), Francis Bay (Emperor Mika), Lester Fletcher (Starsmith’s Assistant), Carol Bilger (Ariana), Gail Murphy (Dr. Rossiter)

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Night Riders Of Kalimar – Part 1

Alien WorldsWord of a glowstone strike reaches the prospectors gathered as the Rising Star Saloon on the asteroid Vesta, setting off a new gold rush. Miners beat a hasty path to the asteroid Kalimar, and the ISA sends Maura, Graydon and Buddy to Kalimar as well, giving Maura a chance to study glowstone up close for the first time. They meet up with Buddy’s old friend, cardsharp Travis Silverthorn, also en route to Kalimar, hoping to hustle the newly-rich miners at the poker table. When they arrive at Kalimar, however, it appears that the miners have already become victims, but with considerably higher stakes. The Night Riders of Kalimar, eyeless predatory lizards, have come for them all.

written by Dudley Brown and Lee Hansen
based on an original story by Dudley Brown
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Phil Diskin (Travis Silverthorn), Peter Leeds (Gambler / Survivor)

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Night Riders Of Kalimar – Part 2

Alien WorldsSurrounded by the natives of Kalimar, Maura and Travis Silverthorn are cut off from the rest of the crew. The Night Riders explain their murderous intentions against miners of the glowstone: it is the energy source that powers their entire asteroid, and worse yet, it will quickly make humans exposed to it just as blind as the Night Riders themselves. Travis discovers this first-hand. But can the human race be trusted to keep away from Kalimar?

written by Dudley Brown and Lee Hansen
based on an original story by Dudley Brown
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Phil Diskin (Travis Silverthorn), Peter Leeds (Robinson)

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The Resurrectionists Of Lethe – Part 1

Alien WorldsDr. Richard Nicholson stops by Starlab en route to an award ceremony on Earth, where he will be honored for a major biomolecular breakthrough. But his celebration is short-lived: a toxic fuel leak aboard the shuttle due to carry him to Earth kills Nicholson as his wife, who had been speaking to him via radio, listens. Nicholson is deemed worthy of being buried on the artificial mortuarty satellite, Lethe, whose administrator, Simon Toddmaster, invites Nicholson’s widow to Lethe, with an unusual promise that she will see her dead husband live again.

written by Ron Thompson
based on an original story by Betty Yulius
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Hans Conreid (Simon Toddmaster), Susan Brown (Ann Nicholson), George DiCenzo (Dr. Richard Nicholson), Cliff Norton (Burkey), Jack Lukes (Carl), Sally Smaller (Mr. Thorndancer)

Notes: Prior to his stint as the head of the Lethe satellite, Toddmaster had previously served prison time for smuggling glowstone (Night Riders Of Kalimar). From the “vintage 1970s humor” file: former President Richard Nixon is apparently interred on Lethe, and left an “18 minute last will and testament tape”…which Toddmaster is unsurprised to discover is blank. Unusually for Alien Worlds, an exact date is given for this episode (April 28, 2026).

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The Resurrectionists Of Lethe – Part 2

Alien WorldsSimon Toddmaster has turned the mortuary satellite, Lethe, into a horrifying means of gathering classified intelligence. By using replicants to seemingly bring the dead back to life, and inviting their loved ones to come and discuss their lives and work with them, Toddmaster records information that would otherwise have died with the deceased. If he can get Dr. Nicholson’s widow to reveal the whereabouts of his research, Toddmaster will gain a recipe for potent biological weapons. Maura, Graydon and Buddy set out to stop him.

written by Ron Thompson
based on an original story by Betty Yulius
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Hans Conreid (Simon Toddmaster), Susan Brown (Ann Nicholson), George DiCenzo (Dr. Richard Nicholson), Cliff Norton (Burkey), Jack Lukes (Carl), Sally Smaller (Ingrid)

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The Keeper Of Eight – Part 1

Alien WorldsConducting experiments with hydrogen plasma in two small, self-contained space station labs positioned safely away from Starlab, Maura and physicist Dr. Paul Kramer are startled when a large, bat-like, jet-black spacecraft approaches them. Kramer’s lab pod is destroyed, while Maura is caught outside in the middle of a spacewalk. Examining a new ISA vehicle, the Solaris, Graydon and Buddy receive the distress signal and set out in the Solaris to help. Maura is found barely alive inside the hydrogren tank in her lab pod – a tank with no opening large enough for a human being to enter. As she tries to find out what happened to her, a non-corporeal being of pure energy named Echo appears, revealing that it transported her inside the tank to save her life. As for the black spacecraft, its occupants, the Draconians, want more hydrogen…and they’re planning to steal it from Earth’s atmosphere.

written by Ron Thompson
based on an original story by Skip Press
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator / Commissioner), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Peter Leeds (Warp), Laureen Tuttle (Vina), Janet Waldo (Echo), Joe Muscolo (Mosk), Pete Renaday (Dr. Paul Kramer), Ellie Tompkins (Dr. Valerie Reed), Renee Farquhar (Special Voices), Barbara Rounds (Special Voices), Tom Rounds (Special Voices), Nikki Wine (Special Voices), Scott Payton (Special Voices)

Notes: For the second story in a row, a very specific date is given in narration: July 19, 2026. Professor Starsmith’s new interstellar drives are already being installed on new ISA vehicles, such as the Solaris (The Starsmith Project).

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The Keeper Of Eight – Part 2

Alien WorldsEcho, the non-corporeal energy being claiming to be the “Keeper of Eight” from a parallel universe, makes an introduction between the Solaris crew and the Draconians, hoping that they can be brought together in peace. While Maura and Graydon convince the main Draconian force to halt their plans to conquer Earth, another Draconian fleet is approaching, and knows nothing of the new truce…and war is now inevitable.

written by Ron Thompson
based on an original story by Skip Press
directed by Lee Hansen
music by Jim Kirk

Cast: Roger Dressler (Narrator), Linda Gary (Maura Cassidy), Bruce Phillip Miller (Captain Jon Graydon), Corey Burton (Jerry Lyden), Chuck Olsen (Captain Buddy Griff), Peter Leeds (Warp), Laureen Tuttle (Vina), Janet Waldo (Echo), Joe Muscolo (Mosk), Pete Renaday (Dr. Paul Kramer), Ellie Tompkins (Dr. Valerie Reed), Renee Farquhar (Special Voices), Barbara Rounds (Special Voices), Tom Rounds (Special Voices), Nikki Wine (Special Voices), Scott Payton (Special Voices)

Notes: Guest voice Pete Renaday has also done voices for such animated projects as the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (in which he was the voice of Splinter for the entire series run), Transformers (in which he played Grapple), and the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Janet Waldo was the voice of Penelope Pitsop, Judy Jetson, and the voice of Princess in Battle Of The Planets.

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