| || Tales of Tomorrow |
aka Tomorrow Is Yours
by Theodore Sturgeon and Mort Abrahamson
First time travel: 8 Feb 1952
When Sturgeon and Abrahamson sold the idea of this anthology show to ABC, they had the backing of the Science Fiction League of America, giving ABC first shot at any stories written by league members. They took good advantage of the deal, including stories by Fredric Brown, Arthur C. Clarke, C.M. Kornbluth, and others including Henry Kutter and C.M. Moore’s “What You Need”. That excellent 1945 story involves future prediction without time travel, but I included it in my time-travel list just because I liked it so much (and it was later made into a Twilight Zone episode, too). Hence, I’ll count the Feb 1952 airing of the story as the first time travel in Tales of Tomorrow. There were at least four other see-into-the-future-or-past episodes, but I won’t include them in the list below. After all, one must have standards!
In general, I’d place the stories on the more horrific end of the science fiction scale, but certainly worth watching.
- What You Need (8 Feb 1952) Henry Kuttner and C.M. Moore
- The Little Black Bag (30 May 1952) C.M. Kornbluth
- Ahead of His Time (18 Jul 1952) Paul Tripp
- The Chase (19 Sep 1952) Mann Rubin
- Another Chance (13 Feb 1953) Frank De Felitta
- Past Tense, with Boris Karloff (3 Apr 1953) Robert F. Lewine
After my treatment, you’l awake. You’ll find yourself in a room a thousand miles from here and back seven years in time. You’ll have absolutely no remembrance of these past seven years. The slate will be clean.