Literary Wonder & Adventure Show: The Radio Style Variety Show of Fantastic Fiction
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EPISODE 14 (AUGUST 2019)
Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 14: Rogues of Merth and The Founders of Modern Fantasy: A Conversation with Author and Illustrator Robert Zoltan
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.
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EPISODE 13 (MAY 2019)
Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 13: The Lost Tales of Fritz Leiber: A Conversation with Author and Editor Steven Savile
Show Notes: 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!!
EPISODE 12 (DECEMBER 2018)
One Night in Merth (full audio drama) (From the series, Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue)
Show Notes: 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 in paperback or for Kindle on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998030309).
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.
Written, composed, and produced by Robert Zoltan. Starring Danita Bayer, Whitton Frank, Kori Wilson, and Robert Zoltan.
EPISODE 11 (AUGUST 2018)
Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 11: Swords: A Conversation with Swordsman and Author Guy Windsor
Show Notes: 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.
EPISODE 10 (APRIL 2018)
Delta of the Damned (full audio drama) (From the series, Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue)
Show Notes: 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 known only as Blue. 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.
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.
EPISODE 9 (MARCH 2018)
Literary Wonder & Adventure Show 9: Clark Ashton Smith, Poet of the Fantastic: A Conversation with Author Ryan Harvey
Show Notes: Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Zoltan, Edgar the Raven, Ryan Harvey, Weird Tales, Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, The Decadents, West Coast Romantic Poets, George Sterling, poetry, short stories, fantasy, macabre, Poe, Baudelaire, Moreau, Raymond Chandler, Averoigne, The Empire of the Necromancers, The Dark Eidolon, The Seven Geases, The Tale of Satampra Zeiros, The Testament of Athammaus, Genus Loci, The Return of the Sorcerer, de Sade, An Acolyte of Black Spires, Ahn-Tarqa, Gold Rush, Auburn, California, The Flowers of Evil, The Star Treader, vocabulary, archaic, ancient, mystery, Malakoff Diggings, Swinburne, Communal Settlements, Utopian Movement, artists, The Studio, Barry Windsor Smith, Mike Kaluta, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Arabian Nights, Dunsany, Beckford, Vothek, the beauty of horror, plot versus story, Lawrence Durrell, William Faulkner, 2001, Barry Lyndon, Kubrick, Fellini, Michael Chabon, genre, Fritz Leiber, M. R. James, Updike, old radio shows, animation, narration, Wonder Stories.
EPISODE 8 (FEBRUARY 2018)
Spaceships, Aliens, and AI, Oh My!: A Conversation with Author Becky Chambers
Show Notes: Robert Zoltan, Edgar the Raven, robot servants, Becky Chambers, Wayfarer Series, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few, astronauts being the best of humanity, space travel for average people, mind body connection, respect for they mystery, alien sex, civil war, intolerance as the root of all evil, cross-species sex, Cordwainer Smith, space travel, human relations, The Man Who Fell to Earth, David Bowie, intolerance, uncanny valley, sexual norms are fluid and in flux, rigors of deep space, is humanity connected to Earth, Los Angeles is sexually uptight, ancient Greek sexual norms, artificial intelligence, androids, sentience, sapience, trees changing the human brain, the blue effect, Skynet, Facebook computers misbehave, Colossus: The Forbin Project, fear of the robot holocaust, Alien versus E.T., Elon Musk, scientific oversight of technology, we don’t know what we are, animal intelligence, octopuses, animals have a sense of self, robot rights, Altered States, human biology and the soul, Rocketship, Seduction Revolution.
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (October 2017)
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Show Notes: Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven perform a dramatic reading of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Plus, some interesting trick or treaters come to the Dream Tower door! Happy Halloween!
EPISODE 7 (August 2017)
The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 2: A Conversation with Editor Rich Horton
Show Notes: Golden Age of Science Fiction, John Campbell and his pro-American ideology, Astounding Stories, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Magazine, gray boundaries between literary periods, Silver Age, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, stories in 1950s better than Golden Age stories, concept of golden ages, lost kingdoms, Greek Mythology, golden age an artifact of memory, science fiction now better than ever, more original ideas in past, the golden age of science fiction is twelve, reality is a perception, twentieth century science, Quantum physics, nihilistic optimism, cynicism, American young optimism, American mythology, Joseph Campbell, mythology is core truth, bringing reality in line with the myth that we aspire to, more politically diverse views in modern science fiction, Isaac Asimov, The Space Merchants, heroes that do the right thing, good or bad endings should come naturally, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Pulp, Anthony Boucher, Samuel Merwin, Startling Stories, Amazing Stories, Unknown, Ray Palmer, Planet Stories, Jerome Bixby, great artists that are horrible people, great art is greater than the artist that created them, truth comes through even if the great writer or great artist doesn’t want it to, there’s a fine line between crap and innovation, try and don’t try, Cordwainer Smith, Phillip K. Dick, science fiction writers writing porn, science fiction and fantasy were once not two separate genres, World War Two Paper Shortage, Lord Dunsany as the progenitor of modern fantasy, Kenneth Morris, The Dragon Path and Collected Tales, Theosophy, H. Rider Haggard’s She as Galadriel, long term space travel may be psychologically and even physically impossible for human beings, romance with space travel, travel outward to find inward answers, is a new golden age possible, everyone wants to write short fiction, you can’t go back, Howard Andrew Jones, Bones of the Old Ones, Scott Oden, A Gathering of Ravens, Allen Steele, Tales of Time and Space, Daryl Gregory, Michael Chabon, Ninefox Gambit By Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Project Empathy by Dominica Phetteplace, All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders , Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, A Fine Balance, by Charlotte Ashley, Garth Nix, Sabriel, Sir Hereward and Mr. Fitz, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, Steven Brust
EPISODE 6 (June 2017)
The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1: A Conversation with Author Allen Steele
Show Notes: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Allen Steele, Tales of Time and Space, Avengers of the Moon, the loss to readers and writers by too much genre specialization, why writers must read the classics, why writers should read outside their genre, how Prohibition and organized crime helped create the Pulp Era and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, how the best classic science fiction is transcendent, why the mass paperback is disappearing, how to avoid genre tropes as a writer, how to survive winters in Massachusetts, missing Kurt Vonnegut by five minutes, Tales of Time and Space, Edmund Hamilton and Captain Future, the real horrors on Jekyll Island, how science fiction is not about the mechanics of a car but about the car mechanic, the subconscious creative process, how to steal like Shakespeare, the raw physicality of writing, pre-Golden Age science fiction, the thin line between fantasy and science fiction, Murray Leinster, Hugo Gernsback, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Cordwainer Smith, Burroughs, Sturgeon, Van Vogt, space travel, alternate history, robots, time travel, alien invasion stories, Wells, Stevenson, Verne, Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, Amazing Stories, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Poe and his early science fiction, Russell Banks, Lawrence Durrell, Brad Durrell, Justine, the Alexandria Quartet, Limbo by Bernard Wolf, Michael Moorcock on why you should not read in your genre, Cornell Woolwich, Ross MacDonald, Zane Gray, how Spaghetti Westerns are the best Sword and Sorcery films, how writers were discouraged to write outside their genres starting in the 1980s, the stratification of genres and their fans, keeping an open mind to things you didn’t expect, why Robert can’t stay on topic, John O’Neill, Robert Dunbar, what creates a timeless book, why scientific accuracy in science fiction is unnecessary in the long run, the joy of book spinner racks, how science fiction grew from the American Transcendentalists, Melville, Led Zeppelin, Harlan Ellison, the difference between a writer and an author, Freya Stark, The Southern Gates of Arabia, Nathaniel Philbrick , Sea of Glory, the importance of non-fiction to fiction, Spindrift, reinventing Space Opera, the part in Captain Kirk’s hair, Star Trek, slam bang old-fashioned pulp action science fiction story, Robert Dunbar and saving the Horror genre, The Stars My Destination, Nightfall, the romance of the human endeavor, the human condition.
EPISODE 5 (April 2017)
The Strand (full audio drama)
A Romantic Retro Science Fiction Audio Thriller. Written by Robert Zoltan. Produced by Dream Tower Media. Music by Robert Zoltan. Featuring the Voice Talent of Robert Zoltan and Danita Bayer. Two Lovers, a universe apart. Guy, a scientist and soldier, Traveler across worlds. Hope, a brave young woman trapped on an occupied world and running out of time. The only thing that keeps them together is his improbable invention: A device that connects his universe with hers by a single Strand.
EPISODE 4 (March 2017)
Robert E. Howard, Master of Sword & Sorcery: A Conversation with Author Howard Andrew Jones
It’s spring cleaning time in the Dream Tower as Robert and Edgar travel to the Hyborian Age for a lively chat with author Howard Andrew Jones! Robert and Howard discuss Robert E. Howard, Conan, childhood, heroes, cynicism, creativity and the lure of lost civilizations. Plus, Robert and Edgar get a couple of vaguely familiar visitors.
EPISODE 3 (February 2017)
J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Author Scott Oden
The Dream Tower travels to Middle-Earth for Episode 3: J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Scott Oden. Join Robert and Edgar the Raven as they welcome special guest author Scott Oden for a discussion on Tolkien, orcs, creativity, bliss, childhood, and the occult dangers of advanced math. Plus, the Dream Tower gets a couple of unexpected visitors, and Robert and Edgar sing a short but sweet duet.
EPISODE 2 (January 2017)
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Master of Adventure: A Conversation with Author Ryan Harvey
Robert and Edgar welcome Writer’s of the Future Award winner Ryan Harvey to discuss Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, giant monsters, eugenics, depression, didactic versus pornographic art, and why you might name your son Holbert. Plus, Robert deals with possible Pteranodon infestation around the Dream Tower.
EPISODE 1 (December 2016)
The Blue Lamp (full audio drama) (From the series, Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue)
Dream Tower Media is proud to present its first audiobook, a full dramatization of the mysterious sword and sorcery adventure, The Blue Lamp, by Robert Zoltan. Part of his Rogues of Merth series, The Blue Lamp features the recurring 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 composer and songwriter Robert Zoltan, promotional illustrations by Zoltan, and the voice talent of Robert Zoltan and Danita Bayer.