Winner of the Gold Ogle Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Audio Production
Ray Bradbury's endearing, lyrical tale of boyhood and an idyllic Midwestern summer is presented here as a full-cast audio dramatization by The Colonial Theatre on the Air, complete with sound effects and a brilliant music score.
Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole world that lies beyond. For Douglas, summer is a pair of new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley bell on a hazy afternoon. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals that hold time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.
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RAY BRADBURY, one of the most popular science fiction writers in the world, is the author of more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He has won many awards, including the Grand Masters Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois he graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a ''student of life,'' selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947. His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences. Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury's masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden.
''I've just played for the second time your production of Dandelion Wine and it's fabulous. I'm so very proud of it . . . This production is simply incredible.'' --Ray Bradbury
''I applaud Colonial Radio Theater for opting to produce from Bradbury's play . . . [and] for the full-on audio production, which makes this one of the most lively and energetic Bradbury productions for many years . . . The audio production is extravagant, and benefits from some strong performances and an extensive musical score . . . Dandelion Wine sounds something like a film soundtrack, with multiple layers of voice, effects, ambience and music.'' --Phil Nichols, Bradbury scholar
''YAs will relate to Doug's love of movies, his first crush, and his desire for a brand-new pair of trendy sneakers from the local shop . . . hauntingly powerful.'' --Kliatt
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