Ruby is a comic science fiction treatment of the hardboiled detective genre; the original series took place on the planet of Summa Nulla ('the high point of nothing') although later series took Ruby to other planets and solar systems.
Laura Esterman starred as Ruby in the first series and Karen Young starred in the second series as 'Ruby Too', another version of the protagonist, while Esterman, as Ruby, had a cameo part in this series. Esterman returned to the lead role from Ruby 3 onwards, credited as Blanche Blackwell.
The series was originally syndicated to air on the radio in episodes of approximately three to four minutes long, but later released as half-hour episodes to radio stations. To date, eight Ruby adventures have been released, the most recent in October 2009.
Ruby has been broadcast in 23 countries, including Canada (on CBC), England (on BBC), Australia (on ABC) and the US (originally on PBS, more recently on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio). Ruby entered Science Fiction's Audio Hall of Fame for Best Science Fiction of 1982.
Ruby 1: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe
Ruby is hired by Rodant Kapoor to find out who is manipulating reality.
Ruby 2: The Further Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe
Ruby Two is hired to find out who is windowing the Bulldada.
Part One: The Underworld
Ruby is hired by the Aurorian Man Ray to trace a dark force entering Summa Nulla through the walls of Magnifico - City of Malls. Meanwhile, 'techno-anthropologist' Inanna undertakes a quest to the dark and hellish Underworld to discover the meaning behind the mysterious 'Seven Gates'.
Part Two: The Invisible World
Ruby, Inanna and Kapoor find themselves stranded in the Invisible World, where each of them is forced to confront the dark force in their own way.
Part One: The Moon Coins of Sonto Lore
Ruby is hired by Marimba Mambo to find the four Moon Coins of Sonto Lore - the mythical fourth moon of Summa Nulla. The investigation accidentally uncovers a planned invasion by extra-dimensional Reptoids.
Part Two: The Turban of El Morya
And/Or attempts to build an invisible 'light machine', while Teru is held prisoner on the Reptoid planet.
Part Three: Dark Night of the Reptoids
Ruby returns to the Reptoid planet in an attempt to rescue Teru.
Part Four: Mad Moon for Rubina
Summa Nulla is pulled into the fifth dimension... with cataclysmic consequences!
Ruby 5: The Land of Zoots
Ruby is hired by the President Koonstar Bootstar to find out who created the Land of Zoots, a fantasy land that has stated to be made real by the inhabitants of the Awakening Archipelago.
Ruby 6: The Illusionati
Ruby is hired by Oop Boop, an Illuboo from the planet Illuboo Roi, to uncover members of the Illuboo secret society, the Illusionati.
Ruby 6.5: Far Flung Farouk
Ruby, Teru, Kapoor, and And/Or are hired to investigate the royal tomb of Far Flung Farouk.
Ruby 7: Dream Weaver, Dream Deceiver
The Morpheusians are experiencing fear for the first time in their lives, and Ruby is hired to find out who, how and why.
Ruby 7.5: The Tookah's Tales
Ruby entices the Tookah to tell his strange tales of what it's like to live on other planets.
Ruby 8: The Good King Kapoor
Ruby is hired by Mother Kapoor to bring home her son Rodant, who is hiding out in another universe.
'Tired of the Green Menace'
The pilot for the Ruby series. Ruby Tuesday is hired by Colonel Abulah Abdullah to find out who has stolen Cleo, a small planet from Saudi Asteroidia in the Middle Eastern star cluster. Her only lead is the Advanced Fulcrum Magnetic Works of Fong on the planet of Dong-A-Long, who while previously unknown have recently appeared with highly sophisticated technology to move large asteroids around for easy mining.