Welcome to the Metamor City Podcast!

Posted by on 28 Sep 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

The Metamor City Podcast was a sci-fi/fantasy audio fiction series that ran from 2007 to 2010, with some additional content in early 2011. It is distributed for free through this website. It features a mixture of short stories and full-length novels, all taking place in one large world with an overarching story arc. Combining the narration of audiobooks with the music and sound effects of a serial radio drama, The Metamor City Podcast provided an immersive audio experience of a world like no other.

In May 2015 author Chris Lester returned with a new podcast, The Raven & the Writing Desk, which features additional stories both inside and outside the Metamor City universe. These stories are presented in single-narrator format, with high-quality audio but minimal music and sound effects. New episodes of The Raven & the Writing Desk are released each week on Saturday or Sunday, both here and at www.chrislester.org.

To Learn More: Click the navigation links at the top of the page to meet the cast, learn about the characters, and discover more of the world of Metamor City.

To Subscribe: Click on the “Subscribe with iTunes” button in the sidebar, or click on the Metamor City feed button to subscribe with the aggregator of your choice.

Confused About Podcasts? Click the “What is a Podcast?” link in the upper right corner of the page. 

Fan Page: Be sure to visit the Fans of Metamor City page on Facebook for discussions, fan art, and other fan-driven content in the world of Metamor City! 

E-Books: If you prefer to read your fiction rather than listening to it, check out Chris Lester’s Author Page on Amazon.com and his Profile Page on Smashwords.com. A variety of short stories, novellas and novels are available for purchase, including the latest novel in Metamor City, Things Unseen.

Merchandise: For posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and more, check out Metamor City’s Zazzle page.

Welcome to the city — we hope you enjoy your stay!

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 16: The Three Graces, Part 1

Posted by on 30 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy, Nathan

The Story: “The Three Graces,” Part 1

We first met Nathan Grace and his daughter Natalie in “Dreams of Change” by Nobilis Reed, but we never heard more than hints about what happened to Natalie’s mother.

I’m proud to now bring you the story behind the story.

three-graces-quote-1 In the Feedback Section:

Nobilis, Raj Chaos and Sara respond to the end of “The Cuckoo.”

Chris Lester’s Author Page on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Chris’s Patreon Campaign

Metamor City Discussion Forums

The theme music for “The Three Graces” is A Girl Alone by Hungry Lucy. The song was made available through Mevio’s Music Alley, the Podsafe Music Network. You can find more of their music on their website, hungrylucy.com.

 

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 15: Metamor City – The Cuckoo, Part 4 (Conclusion)

Posted by on 23 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Erotic, Fantasy, John

The Story: “The Cuckoo,” Part 4 (Conclusion)

Gerhard’s plan is revealed, putting John and Ysabel in immediate danger. How will Delilah respond — and what will it cost them?

WARNING: This episode contains violence and explicit language. Listener discretion is advised.
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In the Feedback Section:

Raj has some advice for iPhone users on listening to old episodes of Metamor City, and Sara wonders about Delilah’s secret.

Metamor City Past Episodes Archive

Support Chris Lester on Patreon — help me keep making more awesome content for you to enjoy!

Chris Lester’s Author Page on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City FB Group

Metamor City Discussion Forums

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 14: Metamor City — The Cuckoo, Part 3

Posted by on 15 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Erotic, Fantasy, John

We’re back, folks! A huge thanks to everyone who supported the GoFundMe campaign when my audio recording interface suddenly stopped working. This episode was recorded with my new TASCAM DR-40 connected to my existing microphone. I think you’ll be very pleased with the results.

The Story: “The Cuckoo,” Part 3

John’s plans for Delilah reach fruition, but there’s an unexpected complication. The Baronesa is more than she seems, and when she and John make love, the effect on John is something he never anticipated…

CONTENT ADVISORY: This episode contains explicit language and strong sexual content. Listener discretion is advised.

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Episode Image: “Kristina.” CC BY 2.0 Dan Rocha

In the Feedback Section:

Baldemar requests some help figuring out how to play older episodes of The Metamor City Podcast on his iPhone. Brycetopher corrects my English (!). And Mark asks about the real-world origins of Metamor’s Universalist theology.

Chris Lester on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Metamor City Discussion Forums

Leave a Review on iTunes

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 13: Metamor City – The Cuckoo, Part 2

Posted by on 05 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy, John

Sorry for the delay on this one, folks! I had some problems with my recording equipment this weekend.

The Story: “The Cuckoo,” Part 2

John begins his dance lessons with Delilah at her penthouse, where he makes a new ally — and a new enemy.

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In the Feedback Section:

Sara T. asks about the definition of “big press” versus “small press.” @azurejade has some trouble seeing her laundry while listening to Flying Free.

Chris Lester on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Metamor City Discussion Forums

Leave a Review on iTunes

 

Episode image: “Alone.” CC BY 2.0 Dan Rocha.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 12: Metamor City – The Cuckoo, Part 1

Posted by on 26 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Erotic, Fantasy, John

Chris reads some feedback from Twitter and asks for listeners to review The Raven & the Writing Desk on iTunes.

The Story: The Cuckoo, Part 1

Meet John, an incubus who was kicked out of his noble family once his true nature was revealed. He’s set his sights on the Baronesa Delilah Velasco de Moraine, a shy, beautiful Tournish noblewoman: recently wedded to a Metamorian lord, and completely overwhelmed by the strangeness of Metamor’s high society. John has ideas about how to help her be more accepted in the world that rejected him — but what does he get out of it? And who is he working for, anyway?

Support the Elysian Springs Kickstarter — funding ends August 5th!

PRODUCTION NOTE: The tango music used in this story is “Last Tango in NYC,” by The Four Bags. The music was released under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial License on Mevio’s Music Alley, the podsafe music network, which unfortunately shut down in April 2014. You can find some of The Four Bags’ other music at their website, http://thefourbags.com.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 11: Publishing and Social Media Strategies, with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine

Posted by on 19 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Interview

For today’s episode I sat down with long-time friends and award-winning authors Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine to discuss the pros and cons of different strategies for publishing your work. We also talked about the different social media platforms that are available, and which ones are the most effective tools for authors looking to build their audience and promote their work.

tee-and-pip-shepherdstownReferenced in this interview:

Tee Morris’s Blog

The Worlds of Philippa Ballantine

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

One-Stop Writer Shop

Galileo Games: The Ministry Initiative

Social Media for Writers (pre-order now!)

Review Tales from the Archives on iTunes

In the Feedback Section:

OzGuvnor talks about the unexpected benefits of putting in small, incremental efforts on a consistent basis. Nobilis suggests an easy way of leaving feedback for the show. Sara T. talks about the final installment of FLYING FREE, big emotions, and bisexual characters in fiction.

Chris Lester’s Author Page on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Elysian Springs Kickstarter

Review The Raven & the Writing Desk on iTunes

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 10: Elysian Springs – Flying Free, Part 3 (Conclusion)

Posted by on 12 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Superheroes

In this week’s episode, Sara T. and Mildred discuss the rapid changes in American society during the 1960s and 1970s, the spectrum of human sexuality (and our failure to recognize it in either ourselves or others), and just what it would take to kill Kyia in the world of Metamor City.

The Story: Flying Free, Part 3 (Conclusion)

Barbara is ready to take a stand for her rights as a gay woman, but forces more powerful than her may put an end to her service with Eagle Flight. Elias, caught in the middle, has to choose how to respond.

Elysian Springs Kickstarter Campaign

Elysian Springs Q&A with Lauren “Scribe” Harris

Chris Lester’s Facebook Author Page

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Metamor City Discussion Forums

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 09: Elysian Springs – Flying Free, Part 2

Posted by on 04 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Superheroes

The Elysian Springs Kickstarter has been delayed until Monday, July 6th, but the next part of FLYING FREE is ready a day early!

The Story: Flying Free, Part 2

As the Cold War heats up in Vietnam, Barbara receives a most unwelcome letter. Can Elias help her contain the damage?

Warning: Contains profanity and mature themes (racism and homophobia). Listener discretion advised.

Chris Lester’s Author Page on Facebook

Fans of Metamor City Facebook Group

Metamor City Discussion Forums

Elysian Springs Kickstarter – Funding Now!

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 08: Elysian Springs – Flying Free, Part 1

Posted by on 28 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Superheroes

In this episode we get a Metamor City history lesson from Mildred Cady, audio messages from Judi, Nobilis, and Sara T., and emails from Mark and Shea. It’s Feedbackapalooza!

The Story: Flying Free, Part 1

In 1948, young Elias King was recruited for a very special project by the newly-created United States Air Force. Now an old man at the Elysian Springs nursing home, he thinks back on his time in Eagle Flight, even as his past is coming back to pay him a visit.

The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 07: Metamor City – To Walk in Shadow, Part 4 (Conclusion)

Posted by on 21 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Fantasy

The Raven and the Writing Desk - logoNo feedback in this episode, folks. This time it’s all about…

The Story: “To Walk in Shadow,” Part 4

Agent Jessup and his associates paid a terrible price to reach Estarini. Will it be enough to save the Estari from the epidemic?

Warning: This episode contains disturbing imagery and mature themes. Listener discretion is advised.

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