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What Tomorrow Looked Like Yesterday

1952

Tales Of Tomorrow: The Fisherman’s Wife

Tales Of TomorrowThe 25th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tornado Bulletin #2

Weather BulletinThe newly formed Weather Bureau-Army-Navy Severe Weather Unit‘s second attempt to warn the public that tornado formation is possible within a specific area strikes paydirt. Again covering a large area including portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, later expanded to include states east of this area, this forerunner of modern tornado watches is right on the money, predicting an outbreak of more than 20 tornadoes in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Kentucky. Despite the advance notification, the Severe Weather Unit has work to do in educating the public about its bulletins: over 200 deaths still occur as a result of the tornadoes.

Man will conquer space soon

Collier's, March 22, 1952Collier’s Magazine publishes an extensive pictorial article with text by space pioneers Wernher von Braun and Willy Ley, and illustrations by Chesley Bonestell, positing a future with plane-like spacecraft making routine trips to orbiting space stations. The article suggests that the station could be a reality in ten years and “twice the cost of the atom bomb” if the public shows its support for space exploration. Though spaceplanes and stations are more than a decade away, the Collier’s article is a seminal moment in the space age.

Tales Of Tomorrow: Flight Overdue

Tales Of TomorrowThe 26th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Veronica Lake and Walter Brooke.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: And A Little Child

Tales Of TomorrowThe 27th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Sleep No More

Tales Of TomorrowThe 28th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Time To Go

Tales Of TomorrowThe 29th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Sylvia Sidney.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Plague From Space

Tales Of TomorrowThe 30th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Gene Raymond, Phillip Pine, and James Doohan (later to become Star Trek’s Scotty).

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Red Dust

Tales Of TomorrowThe 31st episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Lex Barker and Fred Stewart.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Golden Ingot

Tales Of TomorrowThe 32nd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Gene Lockhart.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Black Planet

Tales Of TomorrowThe 33rd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be missing.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: World Of Water

Tales Of TomorrowThe 34th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Victor Jory and Nita Talbot.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Little Black Bag

Tales Of TomorrowThe 35th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, written by Cyril Kornbluth, stars Joseph Anthony and Vicki Cummings; Kornbluth’s story will also be adapted by the BBC’s Out Of The Unknown anthology series, and again on American television as an early episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Exile

Tales Of TomorrowThe 36th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: All The Time In The World

Tales Of TomorrowThe 37th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, written by Arthur C. Clarke (2001: a space odyssey), stars Esther Ralston and Jack Warden.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Miraculous Serum

Tales Of TomorrowThe 38th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, adapted by Sturgeon from a story by Stanley G. Weinbaum, stars Lola Albright and Richard Derr.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Appointment On Mars

Tales Of TomorrowThe 39th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Leslie Nielsen and Brian Keith.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Duplicates

Tales Of TomorrowThe 40th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker).

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Ahead Of His Time

Tales Of TomorrowThe 41st episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is written by, and stars, Paul Tripp.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Sudden Darkness

Tales Of TomorrowThe 42nd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is missing from the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Ice From Space

Tales Of TomorrowThe 43rd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode features Paul Newman, and closes the first season (though the second season will begin mere weeks later).

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Tales Of Tomorrow: A Bird In Hand

Tales Of TomorrowThe 44th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Beginning with the second season, the series no longer claims to have ties to the Science-Fiction League of America. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Thanks

Tales Of TomorrowThe 45th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Seeing-Eye Surgeon

Tales Of TomorrowThe 46th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, starring Bruce Cabot and Edwin Jerome.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Cocoon

Tales Of TomorrowThe 47th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, starring Jackie Cooper.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Chase

Tales Of TomorrowThe 48th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Youth On Tap

Tales Of TomorrowThe 49th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, starring Robert Alda and Harry Townes.

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Operation Hurricane

Operation HurricaneOperation Hurricane, the first test detonation of a British-built atomic bomb, takes place aboard a Royal Navy frigate anchored near the Monte Bello Islands off of the western Australian coast. The detonation has a yield of 25 kilotons, and is remotely detonated aboard the frigate to gauge the damage that would result from a scenario in which a nuclear device is smuggled into a sea port aboard a ship. This is a continuation of Britain’s own nuclear weapon development program initiated during World War II, and makes the U.K. the third nuclear-armed nation on Earth.

Tales Of Tomorrow: Substance “X”

Tales Of TomorrowThe 50th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Horn

Tales Of TomorrowThe 51st episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, starring Frenchot Tone.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Double Trouble

Tales Of TomorrowThe 52nd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Many Happy Returns

Tales Of TomorrowThe 53rd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, starring Gene Raymond.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Tomb Of King Tarus

Tales Of TomorrowThe 54th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Ivy Mike

Ivy MikeThe United States conducts the first-ever successful test of a thermonuclear bomb at Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Ivy. The explosion resulting from the first hydrogen bomb test has a yield equivalent to 10 megatons of TNT, with a three-mile blast radius, stripping vegetation from the ground in the surrounding area. There is significant radiological fallout from the event, and one pilot assigned to fly a jet fighter through the area an hour after the detonation loses control of his plane, crashes, and dies due to residual radiation interfering with his instruments and controls. Traces of the previously undiscovered (but theorized) elements einsteinium and fermium are found afterward.

Tales Of Tomorrow: The Window

Tales Of TomorrowThe 55th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Rod Steiger.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Camera

Tales Of TomorrowThe 56th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Quiet Lady

Tales Of TomorrowThe 57th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Invigorating Air

Tales Of TomorrowThe 58th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Glacier Giant

Tales Of TomorrowThe 59th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Fatal Flower

Tales Of TomorrowThe 60th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Victor Jory and Don Hanmer.

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