2000X is a dramatic anthology series released by National Public Radio and produced by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear. There were 49 plays of various lengths in 26 one-hour programs broadcast weekly and later released on the Internet. Plays were adaptations of futuristic stories, novels and plays by noted authors. Producer/director Yuri Rasovsky and host/consultant Harlan Ellison won the 2001 Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America for their work on this program.

Genrescience fiction
Country of originUSA
Home stationNPR
Original release2 April 2000 – 26 September 2000
No. of episodes26

Plays in the series

Program Number Title Air Date (yyyy mm dd) Author (adapted by)
1a Merchant 2000 04 02 Henry Slesar
1b By His Bootstraps 2000 04 02 Robert A. Heinlein
2 Vaster Than Empires and More Slow 2000 04 09 Ursula K. Le Guin
3a Collector's Fever 2000 04 16 Roger Zelazny
3b Knock 2000 04 16 Fredric Brown
3c Even the Queen 2000 04 16 Connie Willis
4 The Mission of the Vega 2000 04 23 Friedrich Dürrenmatt
5a And Miles to Go Before I Sleep 2000 04 30 William F. Nolan
5b The Machine Stops 2000 04 30 E. M. Forster
6a Revival Meeting 2000 05 07 Dannie Plachta
6b Dear Pen Pal 2000 05 07 A. E. van Vogt
6c A Learned Fable 2000 05 07 Mark Twain
07a Why Support for Public Radio Must Increase in the New Century 2000 05 16 Yuri Rasovsky
7b Pillar of Fire 2000 05 16 Ray Bradbury
8 R.U.R. 2000 05 21 Karel Čapek
9a Sentience Today 2000 05 28 Gort Klatu
9b A Sleep and a Forgetting 2000 05 28 Robert Silverberg
10a The Survey 2000 06 04 Yuri Rasovsky
10b A Dream of Armageddon 2000 06 04 H. G. Wells
11a Watchbird 2000 06 13 Robert Sheckley
11b A Curious Fragment 2000 06 13 Jack London
12 As Easy as ABC 2000 06 18 Rudyard Kipling
13 Hunting Season 2000 06 27 Frank Robinson
14a Millennium Bug 2000 07 02 Yuri Rasovsky (as Ytzhak Berle)
14b In a Thousand Years 2000 07 02 Hans Christian Andersen
14c In the Year 2889 2000 07 02 Jules Verne
14d Millennium Bug II 2000 07 02 Yuri Rasovsky (as Ytzhak Berle)
15 The Thing Happens 2000 07 09 George Bernard Shaw
16a It Came from Outer Pinsk 2000 07 16 Yuri Rasovsky
16b The Proud Robot 2000 07 16 Lewis Padgett
17a "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman 2000 07 23 Harlan Ellison
17b By the Waters of Babylon 2000 07 23 Stephen Vincent Benét
18 All for Love 2000 07 30 John Dryden
19a The Only Bird in Her Name 2000 08 07 Terry Dowling
19b Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow 2000 08 07 Kurt Vonnegut
20 The Marching Morons 2000 08 14 C. M. Kornbluth
21a Bloodchild 2000 08 22 Octavia Butler
21b Shambleau 2000 08 22 C. L. Moore
22 The Mad Planet 2000 08 29 Murray Leinster
23 Hurricane Trio 2000 09 05 Theodore Sturgeon
24 The Moon Maid 2000 09 12 Edgar Rice Burroughs
25 Ole Doc Methuselah 2000 09 19 L. Ron Hubbard
26a Blood 2000 09 26 Fredric Brown
26b A Little Bank Deposit 2000 09 26 Gerald Kersh
26c A Dialogue for the Year 2130 2000 09 26 Thomas Henry Lister
26d The Choice 2000 09 26 Wayland Young

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