MCP 053 – THINGS UNSEEN: Chapter 02

Posted by on 02 Apr 2014 | Tagged as: David, Fantasy, Janus, Kate, Kelsey, Mystery, Uncategorized

Police detectives Kathryn Kitaen and David Silverleaf are called on to investigate a body in the deepest, darkest part of the city. What secrets will they uncover? And what is the connection between these events and the mysterious happenings at the Rift?

Written and produced by Chris Lester
Starring Chris Lester and Dawn D. Wood
Music by Digital Juice, David Beard, ERH at Freesound, and Metaverse
Sound FX by Digital Juice, Soundsnap and the Freesound Project


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A slight delay

Posted by on 30 Mar 2014 | Tagged as: Announcements

Hello Metamorphs!

This week’s episode of Things Unseen will be slightly delayed. My good friends at Artistic Whispers Productions are coming down to the deadline for their production of the audiobook for Gail Carriger’s CRUDRAT, and they were in desperate need of extra hands this week to help with the editing.  Since I myself am one of the actors on this project, and I want to see Dan, Kitty and Gail succeed on it, I volunteered to pitch in. This means that production of Things Unseen took a back seat this week as we worked on editing CRUDRAT instead.

The good news is that you shouldn’t have to wait for too long: I have a 3-day weekend because Monday is Cesar Chavez Day here in California. That means that I can spend the bulk of Sunday and Monday working on getting the podcast ready to go. My goal is for Chapter Two to drop by 12:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

In the meantime, if you find yourself in the Bay Area this weekend, I hope you’ll come out and join us on Sunday for the launch party for Crudrat. From 3 to 5 PM. I’ll be taking a break from the editing room to appear with Dan, Kitty, Gail and some of the other voice actors at The Book Shop on B Street in Hayward. (I’ll bet you didn’t know we had THE book shop here in the East Bay.) Come on out, bring your tea cup, and let’s celebrate the completion of this exciting but very crazy-making project.

Until next time, keep it on the bright side!


MCP 052 – THINGS UNSEEN: Chapter 01

Posted by on 16 Mar 2014 | Tagged as: Fantasy, Hal, Mystery, Things Unseen

Twenty-five years after the disappearance of Project Lightpath, Hal Raines — the son of one of the lost explorers — joins a highly dubious expedition to the Rift Zone. Why are Lord Ezekiel and his friends so interested in the Rift? What do they expect to find there? And why do they want Hal to accompany them?

Written and produced by Chris Lester

Starring Chris Lester and Dawn D. Wood

Music by Digital Juice and David Beard

Sound FX by Digital Juice, Soundsnap and the Freesound Project


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Let your voice be heard!

New feedback line: Call 1 (641) 715-3900 and enter extension 255082#

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We’ll be back with Chapter Two in two weeks, folks. Until then, keep it on the bright side!

MCP 051 – THINGS UNSEEN: Prologue

Posted by on 01 Mar 2014 | Tagged as: Fantasy, Things Unseen


Things Unseen Cover

At long last, Metamor City returns! This episode takes us back to the year 1974 Cristos Reckoning, when the researchers of Project Lightpath entered a mysterious magic-filled jungle in the name of scientific exploration. What they found there was unlike anything they expected — and laid the foundation for events twenty-five years later, on the other side of the world…

Written and Produced by Chris Lester

Starring Chris Lester & Dawn D. Wood

Music and Sound FX by Digital Juice

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Let your voice be heard!

New feedback line: Call 1 (641) 715-3900 and enter extension 255082#

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We’re aiming for a two-week release schedule, as before, so our next episode is slated for March 15, 2014. Until then, keep it on the bright side!

PROMO: “Crudrat”, the Full Cast Audiobook from Gail Carriger and ArtisticWhispers Productions

Posted by on 02 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

Hey Metamorphs!

If you’ve been following Metamor City for any length of time, you probably know about my long-standing friendship with J. Daniel Sawyer and his ArtisticWhispers Productions. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you may remember when Dan and I helped to promote a little “urbane fantasy” called SOULLESS that my friend Gail Carriger was putting out four years ago. ArtisticWhispers produced a sample chapter of SOULLESS in full cast style, and we recruited friends and allies in the podcasting community to distribute it far and wide. Now, of course, Gail is a New York Times-bestselling sensation, and while our efforts were only a small part of that success, it still felt good to be in on the ground floor of something as amazingly good as what Gail had created.

Now we have the chance to do it again — and even better, you can get in on the ground floor with us.

Gail has written a science fiction adventure story in the grand tradition of the Heinlein Juveniles, updated for a modern and more diverse audience. Now she and ArtisticWhispers are running a Kickstarter campaign to bring it to life as a full-cast audiobook, using all the technical brilliance that Dan has brought to his own novels Down From Ten and Antithesis. Dan’s production genius, plus Gail’s writing brilliance, plus outstanding voice actors like Veronica Giguere and Nathan Lowell, means that this audiobook is going to Rock. Your. Socks. Off.

You can be part of making this brilliant project happen. Listen to the promo, then check out for more information and to join the campaign. Let’s make this happen and show the world a whole new side of Gail’s fiction!

Welcome to the Metamor City Podcast!

Posted by on 28 Sep 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

The Metamor City Podcast is a sci-fi/fantasy audio fiction series that 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 provides an immersive audio experience of a world like no other.

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 and his Profile Page on 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!

MCP Special Update, 2013-09-28

Posted by on 28 Sep 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

News about the production of Things Unseen, the Indiegogo fundraiser, and the writing of Book 3: The Lost and the Least.


Indiegogo Fundraiser, with completed cover art

Cult of the Magic Spreadsheet

Special Update, 07-31-2013

Posted by on 30 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

Several important updates on the e-books, the podcast, and a new Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the next Metamor City novel’s cover art!

The Metamor City e-books on Smashwords:

Things Unseen e-book on Smashwords:

The Indiegogo campaign:

The deadline to contribute to the fundraiser is August 31st, 2013.

The 25% off coupon for the THINGS UNSEEN e-book expires on September 30th, 2013.

Join the Fans of Metamor City Facebook group for more news and updates.

Keep it on the bright side!

Rafak Aliri and the Book of Shadows – LIVE at Balticon 47

Posted by on 29 May 2013 | Tagged as: Audio Drama, Fantasy, Just For Fun, Kelsey, Mystery, Nobilis, Rafak, Xiang

Hey Metamorphs!

It was my pleasure this year to return to Balticon, along with a cast of highly talented men and women and an all-new Metamor City audio drama. The recording equipment we had was limited, so there are a few places where the audio glitched on us and doesn’t sound as good as I’d like — but the story is all there, and I think it getting the story out to those who couldn’t be there more than makes up for the limitations in the equipment.

“Rafak Aliri and the Book of Shadows” was written by Chris Lester and Mildred Cady, with some original music by Marnen Leibow-Koser.

The Metamor City Players, in order of appearance, are:

Chris Lester, as Rafak Aliri
R. E. Chambliss, as Betty
Hugh O’Donnell, as Neela Viornery
Mildred Cady, as Xiang Jinn
Doc Coleman, as a Worker and Lightbringer Agent #2
Laura Nicole, as Nona Candle
Bryan Lincoln, as Michael Spence
Patrick Scaffido, as Whitney Kendall
Nobilis Reed, as Caine Dorr
Veronica Giguere, as Agent Kelsey Stanton 

Other music provided by StackTraxx from Digital Juice and David Beard of David Beard Music. All music was used according to the provisions of the license agreement and/or by permission of the composer.

Sound effects provided by Digital Juice, and the Freesound Project.

My schedule for Balticon 47

Posted by on 13 May 2013 | Tagged as: Announcements

Hello, Metamorphs!

I’m happy to say that I will be returning to Balticon this year. Here is my schedule of appearances, for those who are interested in seeing me:

Friday, 5/24:
4 pm NM-33 Podcasting 101 with Pamela Gay, Alicia Goranson, and Paul Cooley
630 pm Reading from Metamor City: Things Unseen

Saturday, 5/25:
8 pm NM-51 Podcast Editing with Chris Snelgrove, PG Holyfield, PC Haring, and Hugh O’Donnell
9 pm NM-9 Sex in Mainstream Speculative Fiction with Helen Madden and AL Davroe

Sunday, 5/26:

1 pm NM-25 Talk to Me: How TO Conduct Podcast Interviews with Hugh O’Donnell, Stephen Granade, Tim Dodge, John Mierau, and Alex White
5 pm NM-59 Metamor City Live Show with Nobilis Reed, Veronica Giguere, Renee Chambliss, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Scaffido, Doc Coleman, Starla Huchton, and Mildred Cady

7 pm NM-23 Full Cast vs Straight Read with Jay Smith, Tim Dodge, Starla Huchton, PC Haring, Renee Chambliss, and Nobilis Reed

8 pm NM-29 From Page To Pod with KT Bryski, Alicia Goranson, Paul Cooley, Collin Earl, and PC Haring
9 pm NM-24 Music In Podcasts with Tim Dodge, Alicia Goranson, Alex White, and PC Haring
I hope to see you there!

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