I practically grew up with science fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose books I devoured all through school. Alongside Fahrenheit 451 and a number of his stories, I think Dandelion Wine, first published in 1957, is his finest work. And it contains almost no science fiction at all! All I have to do is crack the cover and I feel like a little boy on summer vacation again. Now I’m not a little boy anymore, and I’m not exactly on summer vacation, but we’ve got summer in Berlin too. That’s reason enough to record a few excerpts of it for the Berlin Short Fiction Podcast over the coming sweltering weeks.
From “Dandelion Wine,” by Ray Bradbury (1) [6:41]