Men Into Space

BOOK REVIEW: Men Into Space, by John C. Fredriksen

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Shortly after Sputnik shook Americans out of their complacency regarding their presumed mastery of outer space, producer Frederick Ziv, of "Science Fiction Theatre" fame, brought to the airwaves a TV series based in science fact, which purported to tell the future history of the US space program: "Men Into Space."

The series was short-lived, but it made a deep and lasting impression on author John C. Fredriksen, who has written the definitive reference guide for the ground-breaking show.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "Men Into Space" (1959)

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The purpose of this column is to show us cool crap that people thought the future would be like, which, alas, never happened. "Men Into Space" more than qualifies. While there had been SF shows on TV almost since its inception, and not all of them were bad, it was definitely a low-budget affair aimed at kids. "Men Into Space" was the first such show that attempted to make space interesting and entertaining for adults, and to be mildly educational as well.

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