"The Outer Limit" by Graham Doar was first published in The Saturday Evening Post on December 24, 1949. It was first adapted for radio by Escape and later by Dimension X, Suspense, and X Minus 1. The story was also adapted for the pilot episode of the early science fiction television series Out There in 1951.
As the episode opens, a test pilot named Major Bill Westfall is about to embark on a mission to take the experimental craft RJX-1 up to the outer limit of the Earth's atmosphere. At first, everything goes well, but a few minutes into the flight, the RJX-1 disappears. With only enough fuel for ten minutes of flight, the ground crew has to face the reality that the craft and its pilot have been lost.
Oh, but they aren't lost. While orbiting the Earth, Major Westfall is briefly captured by galactic representatives. They tell him that they have chosen him to relate a message to the inhabitants of Earth about their use of atomic weaponry. They explain that they have placed a force screen around the Earth, and if the people of Earth continue to create and use atomic weapons, they will be destroyed by the screen. The Earth's atomic bombs are a danger to the universe, and they must be contained.
Westfall is then returned to Earth, but will anyone believe the warning he was sent to deliver?
"The Outer Limit" was adapted for radio by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. William N. Robson produced/directed. Frank Lovejoy starred as Major Westfall. Also appearing were Charles McGraw, Jeff Corey, Stan Waxman, and Ian Wolfe. This episode aired on February 7, 1950.
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