Literary Wonder & Adventure Show
By Dream Tower Media
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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.
||CleanOne Night in Merth||Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue||12/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary 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! Click here to listen: http://www.dreamtowermedia.com/podcast Become a..||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelta 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...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show 9: Clark Ashton Smith, Poet of The Fantastic: A Conversation with Author Ryan Harvey||Author Ryan Harvey returns to the Dream Tower for a discussion of the romantic poet and teller of fantastic tales, Clark Ashton Smith. Robert Zoltan does a reading of Smith's poem, Averoigne, and Edgar the Raven finds out that Robert is a big fat...||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show 8: Spaceships, Aliens, and AI, Oh My!: A Conversation with Author Becky Chambers||Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, Episode 8: Spaceships, Aliens, and AI, Oh My!: A Conversation with Author Becky Chambers! Robert and author Becky Chambers (The Wayfarer Series) hold a provocative discussion on the controversial topics of space...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show Halloween Special 2017||In this Halloween Special, Robert and Edgar perform "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, and also get some very interesting trick or treaters at the Dream Tower door. Click here to listen: http://www.dreamtowermedia.com/podcast Become a member of the crew...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show 7: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part2: A Conversation with Editor Rich Horton||Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, Episode 7. The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part2: A Conversation with Editor Rich Horton Still stuck in deep space, Robert finds inventive ways of keeping Edgar from going "space happy." And speaking of deeper,...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show 6: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part1: A Conversation with Author Allen Steele||Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, Episode 6. The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1, with Award-Winning Author Allen Steele (Avengers of the Moon)! Captain Zoltan and first Officer Edgar the Raven find themselves millions of miles from home!...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show, Episode 5: The Strand (Audio Drama)||The Strand, a Romantic Retro Science Fiction Audio Thriller. Written by Robert Zoltan. Produced by Dream Tower Media. Music by Robert Szeles. Featuring the Voice Talent of Robert Zoltan and Danita Bayer. Go to Dream Tower Media to purchase your own...||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Show 4 : 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...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Podcast 3: J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Author Scott Oden||The Dream Tower travels to Middle-Earth for Episode 3 of The Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Modern Mythology. Join Robert and Edgar the Raven as they welcome special guest author Scott Oden for a discussion on Tolkien,...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiterary Wonder & Adventure Podcast 2: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Master of Adventure, An Interview with Author Ryan Harvey||Episode 2 of the Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast! Welcome to the Dream Tower! Join Robert Zoltan in a conversation with special guest Ryan Harvey about Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars! Meanwhile, Edgar the Raven...||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Blue Lamp (Audio Drama)||Rogues of Merth: the Adventures of Dareon and Blue||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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.
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.