Friday, November 16, 2018

Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Book 1 is now available!

Thrilling Sword and Sorcery Adventure in the Golden Age Tradition!

“Colorful and Exciting. Dareon and Blue are interesting and involving people to spend time with…the more involved stories show an imaginative force and a real belief in the core of the characters' motivations that compel the reader's interest. There is plenty of room for additional intriguing adventures for this pair of characters, and I for one will be happy to see where their lives lead them.”
— RICH HORTON, EDITOR OF THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

One Night in Merth, that most westerly city tottering on the edge of the Succulent Sea, a desperate young poet swordsman and an ingenuous young tribal warrior meet by chance or fate or luck. Their unlikely friendship sets them on a course of adventures across the wild mysterious continent of Plemora, where they face monsters, magicians, maledictions, and things nameless and far stranger.

A novel-length collection of Heroic Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Adventures in the tradition of the Golden Age (Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, and C.L. Moore).

Amazon Paperback
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998030309

Amazon Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KJZ7JKC

Thanks to everyone who has supported Rogues of Merth by enjoying the audiobook adventures or purchasing The Blue Lamp short story. This book was five years in the making, and I hope it will prove worth the wait for everyone!

Cheers,
Robert Zoltan

Friday, November 2, 2018

Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Book 1 Release on November 16th


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR ROGUES OR MERTH, BOOK 1
“Colorful and Exciting. Dareon and Blue are interesting and involving people…the more involved stories show an imaginative force and a real belief in the core of the characters’ motivations that compel the reader’s interest. There is plenty of room for additional intriguing adventures for this pair of characters, and I for one will be happy to see where their lives lead them.”
— RICH HORTON, EDITOR OF THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
 
Coming November 16th! Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue, Book 1 will be released as a paperback and an ebook. You can pre-order the Kindle edition now on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5466Z (paperbooks cannot be pre-ordered). Visit the new Rogues of Merth site and sign up for the Dream Tower Media mailing list for more upcoming Rogues of Merth news!
 
 
 
Thanks!
 
Robert 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Literary Wonder & Adventure Show Nominated for Award

Literary Wonder & Adventure Show was just nominated for a Robert E. Howard Foundation Award! It was also recommended by top editor Rich Horton for a Hugo Award! And if that's not enough, Episode 10 is now live! Premiering another full audio drama of those two reluctant adventurers, the poet swordsman Dareon Vin and his Indari warrior comrade known as Blue.
ROGUES OF MERTH: DELTA OF THE DAMNED
A thrilling sword and sorcery adventure!
(and, if you missed it, Episode 9 is still available—Clark Ashton Smith, Poet of The Fantastic: A Conversation with Author Ryan Harvey)
http://dreamtowermedia.com/podcast/

Enjoy! And, Happy Easter!

Robert and Edgar


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, Episode 8: Spaceships, Aliens, and AI, Oh My!: A Conversation with Author Becky Chambers

Host Robert Zoltan and author Becky Chambers (The Wayfarer Series) hold a provocative discussion on the controversial topics of space travel, alien sex, and robot love! Meanwhile, Robert and Edgar the Raven finally make it out of deep space and return to Los Angeles to find a strange package awaiting them. As if that’s not enough, Edgar gets down and funky to the catchy song, Rocketship, by Seduction Revolution. All on this episode of Literary Wonder & Adventure! And it’s free!

Don't forget to tell your friends, and please leave a review on iTunes, which constitutes 70% of podcast listeners.

http://www.dreamtowermedia.com/podcast


Thanks for listening!
Robert and Edgar the Raven

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The End of Complaining

Why do we complain? Because we feel alone, but we are afraid of looking foolish or weak if we speak what is plainly in our heart. “I feel alone in this. I only need to know that someone else has experienced this, that someone else cares.” If we could speak vulnerably, honestly, and simply about what we feel, we would no longer need to complain about our situation.

We are afraid that we alone, afraid that events will not be favorable to us, afraid that Life is not what we believed it to be and want it to be. In fact, it is very likely that Life is NOT what we believe it to be or have been taught to expect. But it is likely that Life is far more mysterious and unpredictable and wonderful than we believed. And it may want for us far more (though different) and want from us far more than we expected. And if it is also more difficult than we believed, which it surely is at times, we must remember that we were created to be perfectly accustomed to it. We need not be afraid, but can have confidence that whatever happens is a part we are fully equipped to play, and that part is essential to the whole movement of Life, in which we are an integral member, and therefore, never alone, meaningless, or forgotten.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Judging People of the Past by Modern Morals

I have read many judgemental criticisms of people of the past, including writers and their characters, such as fantasy writers Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, and Jack Vance. If we judge people (and characters) of the past from our self-righteous 21st Century moral stance, we have to give up just about all heroes, including Gilgamesh, Lancelot, most of Shakespeare's heroes, Buddha (who left his wife and responsibilities), and even Jesus (who left is responsibilities and hung out with whores and traitors). No one can stand up to those standards if a light is shined upon every aspect of our lives. A hero is not someone who is flawless. A hero is someone who does great, courageous, or honorable things despite their flaws.

Judging people from the past (or even in the present) is a false way to make ourselves feel superior to others. A more honest action would be to ask ourselves: what have WE done, and what are WE doing with our lives?

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Fate of a Princess

When I began the Princess of Mars project,
I was under the impression that Edgar Rice
Burroughs' A Princess of Mars was in public domain, and could therefore be published by anyone. This assertion has recently been questioned. I have contacted Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. in order to find out more information on this matter, and hopefully to get not only their permission, but their endorsement of Dream Tower Media's Illustrated version of the novel.
Until I receive word back, the project will be on hold. If the work is still under copyright and I am unable to get the permission of ERB Inc. to do the project, I am afraid it will not be brought to completion and published. Dream Tower Media will then move forward instead with the other books planned for its publishing line. I will keep you all up to date on any news I receive.
Until then, I am releasing another one of my illustrations for A Princess of Mars, still in process of editing, but nearly finished as a piece. This is the scene where Dejah Thoris looks in wonder at the fresco of an ancient lost people. The fresco is a tribute to my favorite artist, Gustave Klimt.

Thanks to everyone who has been patient and supportive.

Best Wishes,

Robert Zoltan
October 6th, 2017