Thomas Bailey Aldrich (November 11, 1836 – March 19, 1907) wrote: Imagine all human beings swept off the face of the earth, excepting one man. Imagine this man in some vast city, Tripoli or Paris. Imagine him on the third or fourth day of his solitude sitting in a house and hearing a ring at the door-bell.
Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) condensed Aldrich’s text to a sweet little action story that is only two sentences long. He wrote: The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…
Brown’s story was titled Knock and was published in the December 1948 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. There have been three different radio adaptations (Dimension X, X Minus One and Sci-Fi Channel’s Seeing Ear Theatre).
Although, the first two lines are a complete story by themselves. Brown added to it just a bit. The Zan have killed off all life on Earth other than pairs of specimens for their zoo of exotic Earth fauna. Walter Phelan is the last man on Earth, but Grace Evans, the last woman, is not overly impressed with him and maintains her distance. The ageless Zan, become disturbed when, one by one, their captive animals begin to die. They turn to Walter for advice.
It is an amazing story and deserves to be heard on the podcast this week. We will play the version from X-minus One. Also on the show, we have a Bigfoot tale from Atlanta.
This Week’s Podcast:
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January 04 – Knock – (RAS309 – S7E1)
January 11 – Detective Week – (RAS310 – S7E2)
January 18 – The Horror Express #20 – UFO Stories
January 25 – (RAS311 – S7E3)