16 episodes

Dream Tower Media's critically acclaimed monthly podcast featuring fascinating and fun conversations with authors and artists of fantasy, magic realism and science fiction, plus amusing skits, quips, and sound effects. In addition, approximately twice a year, fully produced audio adventures of fantastic stories are presented. Hosted by Robert Zoltan and his sidekick Edgar the Raven in the Dream Tower.

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    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Dream Tower Media's critically acclaimed monthly podcast featuring fascinating and fun conversations with authors and artists of fantasy, magic realism and science fiction, plus amusing skits, quips, and sound effects. In addition, approximately twice a year, fully produced audio adventures of fantastic stories are presented. Hosted by Robert Zoltan and his sidekick Edgar the Raven in the Dream Tower.

    The History of Sword and Sorcery: A Conversation with Author Brian Murphy

    The History of Sword and Sorcery: A Conversation with Author Brian Murphy

    Join Robert and Edgar the Raven as they welcome Brian Murphy, author of Flame and Crimson: A History of Sword and Sorcery to the Dream Tower, for a long in depth discussion of Sword and Sorcery literature, the idea of genre, mythology and the imagination, and the importance of the frontier of unexplored vistas of both the mind and nature. Also, Robert agonizes over what genre his Rogues of Merth series might be while Edgar endures.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 14: Rogues of Merth and The Founders of Modern Fantasy

    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 14: Rogues of Merth and The Founders of Modern Fantasy

    Italian Renaissance sword fighting expert and author Guy Windsor takes over the Dream Tower all the way from England with the help of that mutinous little bird Edgar the Raven, and this time, Robert Zoltan is on the hot seat! They converse about Robert's influences for his Rogues of Merth series ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KJZ7JKC ), the founders of modern sword and sorcery fantasy adventure, the creative process, and much more!
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    SHOW NOTES: Rogues of Merth, The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Guy Windsor, Edgar the Raven, Founders of Modern Fantasy, influences on story creation, archetypes in story, city mouse, country mouse, city boy, country boy, double acts in fiction or comedy, Fritz Leiber, Nehwon, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Robert E. Howard, Conan, Jack Vance, The Dying Earth, Michael Moorcock, Elric, The Eternal Champion Cycle, C.L. Moore, Catherine Moore, Jirel of Joiry, Northwest Smith, difference between imitation and inspiration, the deep sources of inspiration, the conceptual mind versus the instinctual, why Blue is blue, Native American archetype, The Blue Lamp, Voyage to the End of Time, One Night in Merth, Sails on Scarlet Sands, Citadel of the Seven Doors, inspiration for stories from actual life, theater, bubble stories and episodes, Shakespeare, The Globe Theater, The Twilight Theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, sailing, ship adventures, Alan Villiers, Sons of Sindbad, arab dhow, Northern Africa, Freya Stark, The Southern Gates of Arabia, Flaubert in Egypt, late 19th and early 20th Century travel memoirs, alternate universes, alternate dimensions, alternate selves, physics, surreal dreamlike settings, heroes seeking the meaning of life, interludes, experimental novel, poetry, Francois Villon, poetry, The Recollections and Admonitions of Dareon Vin, writing in non-chronological order, A Night in the Library, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Scyell, audiobook dramas, audio dramas, audio the next big thing in storytelling, audio is actually the oldest way of storytelling, medieval armored combat, graphic design, illustrations in books, Kiplying Just So Stories, games, gaming, game figures, Fiore dei Liberi, The Flower of Battle, fencing, game printing on demand, The Characteristics of Games, Frazetta chess set, ancient Persian figures, deserts are great places to get lost in, Red Rock Canyon, feeling in the solar plexus, spiritual experiences, Satori experiences, The Farmer’s Daughter, young woman, white wolf, dreams, You Can’t Push the River Faster Than It’s Meant to Go, waiting for the story, mysterious unconscious creative process, channeling from the subconscious or the collective unconscious Rogues of Merth Book 2, grace, being in the present moment, an act of violence against your story and yourself, doing the work, The Diamond Stars, write what you would want to read by your favorite authors, write stories because you want to read them, Paul Andersen, The Lord of the Rings, love of the land, love of nature, Fellowship of the Ring, write what you know and love, maps, Plemora, California, Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, Persia, Stronger Than Blood, amber, It Never Rains in California, synchronicity, coincidence of events, sense of wonder in the world, sense of mystery, the truly mysterious, the numinous, not being afraid to let the wondrous mystery of life in, Joseph Campbell, art that is transparent to transcendence, writing something that has value and meaning as a doorway to joy or mystery or bliss, childhood.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 13: The Lost Tales of Fritz Leiber: A Conversation with Author and Editor Steven Savile

    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 13: The Lost Tales of Fritz Leiber: A Conversation with Author and Editor Steven Savile

    Join Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven as they welcome award-winning author and editor, Steven Savile, for a conversation on discovering Leiber’s previously unpublished work, the writing process, Joseph Campbell, mythology, the perils of world-building, genre jumping, and much more. Plus, Edgar reveals a senses-shattering secret!!
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    One Night in Merth

    One Night in Merth

    One night in Merth, that largest, most diverse, most decadent of westerly cities on the continent of Plemora, a desperate young poet swordsman and an ingenuous young tribal warrior are drawn together by magic, machinations, and mysterious forces that converge upon a single pearl of extraordinary size and luster.
    The origin story of how Dareon and Blue first met, and the first story in Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Book 1, available now on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998030309). Written, composed, and produced by Robert Zoltan. Starring Danita Lillian, Whitton Frank, Kori Wilson, and Robert Zoltan.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 11: Swords: A Conversation with Swordsman and Author Guy Windsor

    Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 11: Swords: A Conversation with Swordsman and Author Guy Windsor

    British Swordsman and Author Guy Windsor calls in from across the pond to discuss the most famous weapon in the history of mankind while Robert and Edgar spar with words and blades!
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    Why boxing is potentially safer without gloves, the earliest weapons, mesmerized by bees on a flower, why long sword fights in fiction are boring, iron versus steel, why swords are the most famous historical weapon, the transcendent word, stupid laws, classic fantasy literature as a spiritual doorway, why the 13th Warrior is both wonderful and rubbish, people who don’t deserve to be represented in art because they’ve ballsed up the whole point of being alive, let people love what they want to love, poetry, the lost art of responsibility, dueling, why the 21st Century is the lease violent era, why Harry Potter is both wonderful and rubbish, snobbery is just a form of fear, fencing swords are too thin, if you are reading a book you need to get a life according to football commentator, reality is not something that can be apprehended by concepts, a bad chair is a bad chair, the sound of silence, the horribly beautiful hand guards of rapiers, Leiber, Conan, Dashiell Hammett, things that work beautifully in competitions don’t work well when people are trying to murder you, going beyond concepts and words, from Excalibur to lightsabers, one-eyed toothless sword masters, the symbol of a warrior, a weapon is just a tool, the beauty of two-sentence fight scenes.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Delta of the Damned (full audio drama)

    Delta of the Damned (full audio drama)

    A full audio dramatization of the mysterious sword and sorcery adventure, Delta of the Damned by Robert Zoltan. Part of his Rogues of Merth series, Delta of the Damned features the reluctant adventurers, the poet swordsman Dareon Vin, and his Indari warrior companion whom he has nicknamed Blue (his real tribal name is a secret known only to his tribe).
    The dramatization is produced by Dream Tower Media, with music by Robert Zoltan, promotional illustrations by Zoltan, and the voice talent of Robert Zoltan and Kori Wilson.
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    Delta of the Damned will appear in the first novel length volume of stories, Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Book 1, premiering in August of 2018.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Literary adventures across the dimensions

I found the Literary Wonder and Adventure podcast last year while searching for something to keep me company on a fossil-hunting trip to the Catskills. After listening to a few episodes I discovered that host Robert Zoltan and his snarky companion Edgar the raven make perfect travel companions.

Zoltan (who is also the show’s producer, writer, composer, sound-mixer, editor and a dozen other occupations) travels the multiverse with Edgar (who is, well, a black-feathered bird. Voiced by Zoltan. I’m sure he does other things too. Maybe ), in their dimension-hopping domicile, the Dream Tower, in quest of speculative fiction authors to interview. Interview, though, may not be an accurate description, because the show is more than simple question-and-answer. Each episode is a full conversation with many asides and much meandering. But it is meandering in an interesting way, leading you places you might never have thought to look. Zoltan and his guests discuss the art of writing speculative fiction, often via the works of classic authors like Robert E Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Rice Burroughs, J. R. R. Tolkien, and more. They illuminate the lives of classic pulp and fantasy authors in ways that you might not have seen.

Zoltan’s guests also talk about their own writing and creative inspirations, which can become quite personal at times. I was especially drawn to author Scott Oden’s description of that timeless, almost child-like feeling of discovery one gets from the creative process. I also related all too well to his past struggles with dark feelings and how writing was a life raft in that tumultuous sea.

I’m interested in the history of speculative fiction, so I also quite enjoyed Zoltan’s two-part conversation with author Allen Steele about the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Though SF has its roots in the works of Jules Verne, J.-H. Rosny, H. G. Wells and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (and, one could argue, Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World), Steele suggests that the genre’s modern incarnation really began with Hugo Gernsback’s 1926 publication of Amazing Stories and fully crystallized with the 1939 issue of Astounding Stories, which featured some of the first stories from early SF legends like A. E. van Vogt, Isaac Asimov, C. L. Moore and others.

As I drove through upstate New York in search of stromatolites and petrified Devonian trees, I felt as though I was listening to old friends having a scintillating conversation in the back seat. The podcast’s format may not be for everyone, especially those looking for a typical Q & A, but it is greatly rewarding if you are a fan of more casual, discussion-format shows. Episodes warrant a second- and a third and fourth- listen to pick up and follow all the places Robert and his guests go.
Each installment is bookended with vignettes from Robert and Edgar’s latest adventure across the dimensions. In the course of the show, they’ve fended off vicious pterodactyls, tricked a revenge-seeking orc, dealt with a high-tech vacuum cleaner that has achieved inconvenient sentience and lived through even stranger oddities.

Zoltan spices the podcast with audio adventures, usually featuring his Leiberesque sword and sorcery rogues Dareon and Blue. These are fully realized productions brought to life with full sound effects and ambient music on par with classic radio dramas,. In their first adventure, Dareon and Blue tangle with a strange merchant and his eerie, sorcerously cerulean lamp. In their second outing, the pair protects a ship of traders on a journey through a sweltering river delta choked with mangroves, flies and dormant eldritch horrors.

The show’s theme song (composed and performed by Zoltan, of course. I doubt Edgar has the dexterity to work a synthesizer) is appropriately big and bombastic. It is the overture to a lone rider and horse galloping across the steppes to clash swords with a demon awakened from eons-long slumber in a forgotten tomb. Or perhaps it is the accompaniment to an Art Deco rocketship trailing fire as it launches from a Martian outpost to explore the star-dappled infinite night. Whatever it is, it’ll definitely get stuck in your head.

Coming in at over an hour each episode, the Literary Wonder and Adventure Show is a great podcast for listening to on a long trip in quest of ancient sawtooth sharks (or any other type of quest, really), or while you’re writing, drawing or engaged in more esoteric creative pursuits.

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Fun and informative, can't miss fantasy program

Fans of classic fantasy genre authors will not want to miss this program. The discussion is illuminating and the host, Robert Zoltan and his guests engaged in in-depth conversations about writing and the creative process. You'll leave informed and inspired! High production values make it a lot of fun--you'll laugh at Edgar the raven and the Tardis-like movement of the Dream Tower to wondrous lands. A lot of love goes into this program.

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5 star entertainment

Outstanding discussion of your favorite classic fantasy genre authors, coupled with illuminating thoughts on writing and the creative process, make this a can't-miss program.

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