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2018 Parsec Award Finalists Announced



The Finalists for the 2018 Parsec Awards have been announced. Later in 2018, the winner will be revealed at a ceremony.

Here is a quick look at the podcasts that were nominated. You can find out more information on the Parsec Awards website. In this blog, I am only listing the podcasts are finalists (and leaving out additional details).

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
PodCastle
Cast of Wonders
The Wicked Library
Gallery of Curiosities

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
Sons of Macha (Shadowmagic 3) category SCL
The Aldergate Papers
Gone
Shadow Publications: Derelict Tomb
Nobilis Erotica

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
The Grey Area
Liberty: Tales from the Tower
The Audio Epics Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
All’s Fair
The Axe & Crown
Gen-Z Media
Inhale
The NoSleep Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
Centauri Express
Uncanny County
Just Press Playhouse presents: Time Trip!
Ark City
Exoplanetary

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
Grant’s Advent Calendar
Active Radioactive Radio
The Uncle Interloper Show

Best Speculative Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Seminar
Tall Tale TV
Escape Pod
Rude Alchemy

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
SHABAM!
The Amelia Project
The Phenomenon
Gone
Immunities

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
Rebel Force Radio
To the Journey!
Lower Decks: A Star Trek Discovery Podcast
Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
Two Gay Geeks
The 602 Club
Kalandi

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
Under the Puppet
Radio Drama Revival
Eating the Fantastic

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
Tale Foundry
Flash Forward
Astronomy Cast
Skeptoid
Decipher SciFi

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Kakos Industries
Audioblivious Productions
Robotz of the Company


Parsec Awards Announced 2017 Winners and Finalists



The Parsec Awards was founded in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. The winners and finalists of the 2017 Parsec Awards have been announced.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast:

  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3 by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Contest Creation:

  • Calliope Writing Coach Podcast by Angie Fenimore & Michael Sheen (Dandelion Productions)

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific):

  • Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast by John Mills & Matt Rushing

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast:

  • The Theatre of Tomorrow by Travis McMaster & Mark Whitten

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General):

  • The Faculty of Horror by Andrea Subissati & Alexandra West

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast:

  • Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria by Cara Santa Maria

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story:

  • The Uncle Interloper Show by Grant Baciocco

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team:

  • MarsCorp by Definitely Human

Best Speculative Fiction Drama (Long Form):

  • Uncanny County: by Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane & Nicole Greevy

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form):

Return Home – “Genie” by Maia Brown-Jackson

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form):

The Raven and the Writing Desk – “Things Unseen” by Chris Lester

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form):

  • The Wicked Library – “Shadows” by K.B. Goddard

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form):

  • Campfire Radio Theater – “Woods Ferry” by John Ballentine

Visit the Parsec Awards website to find out who the finalists were for each category.


Parsec Awards Announced the 2017 Finalists



The Parsecs are a juried award for podcasters centered around speculative fiction. The 2017 Finalists of the Parsec Awards have been announced.

The podcasts that have been selected as 2017 Finalists for the Parcec Award have made it through the first round judging process and are on their way to finalist judging by the Parsec Award’s elite panel of judges from the worlds of entertainment, writing and publishing.

Those select few whose creativity and technical competence rise above the crowd and impress their judges will receive the coveted Parsec Award at the gala ceremony, which will stream online in November of 2017. (The date of the ceremony has not yet been announced.)

There are several podcasts that have been selected as finalists in the following categories:

  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
  • Best Speculate Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

You can see a full list of the 2017 Parsec Awards Finalists, for each category, on the Parsec Award website.


Parsec Awards 2017 is Seeking Podcast Nominations



The Parsec Awards are a celebration of speculative fiction podcasting. They are seeking nominations for the 2017 Parsec Awards. The nomination period is now open and will continue through June 1, 2017.

The Parsec Awards were founded by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, and Tracy Hickmen in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. Podcasts shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside podcasting.

You can nominate a podcast for the 2017 Parsec Awards. Make sure that podcast is appropriate for the Parsecs. Choose the general category that the podcast best fits into. Make sure that the podcast you want to nominate has not already been nominated.

The Categories are:

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

Parsec Awards 2016 Seeking Podcast Nominations



UnknownThe Parsec Awards was founded in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. The founders were Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga and Tracy Hickman. The Parsec Awards is currently seeking podcast nominations for 2016.

It is easy to nominate a podcast for consideration in the 2016 Parsec Awards. Read the category descriptions before you make a nomination (to make sure the podcast you want to nominate is appropriate for the Parsec Awards).

Next, make sure that podcast has not already been nominated. If the podcast is appropriate, and hasn’t already been nominated, it is a good idea to make that nomination yourself.

The Parsec Awards consider a podcast to be “audio or video delivered as part of a syndicated series that can be downloaded or streamed online. Listeners or viewers must be able to subscribe to updates that are either delivered automatically or are made available to the subscriber in some aggregated format.”

The Categories for the 2016 Parsec Awards are:

* Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

* Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

* Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

* Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

* Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

* Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

* Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

* Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

* Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast


Podcast Novelist Scott Sigler’s “INFECTED” Optioned For TV Series



Infected book coverScience-fiction/horror author Scott Sigler, who made a name for himself in the early days of podcasting by releasing his novels as free podcasts, has had his story Infected optioned by a television production company. From Sigler’s blog:

“INFECTED has been optioned as a TV series by Timberman/Beverly, the company that produces JUSTIFIED, ELEMENTARY, MASTERS OF SEX and more.” “…I have sat down with Carl Beverly (who runs the company along with his partner Sarah Timberman), and he seems quite excited about bringing INFECTED to the small screen. Timberman/Beverly can also pick up options for CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC at any point, if they decide to use the characters and plotlines from either or both of those books.”

This is great news for Sigler and his fans. But having something optioned by a production company isn’t a guarantee it’ll actually get made. Regardless, it’s a real acknowledgement of Sigler’s work, not just as an author but also as an independent creator who made a name for himself by building an audience on his own.

According to Wikipedia, Sigler released the first-ever podcast-only novel, EarthCore in 2005. He followed that up with several more titles, including Infected. Sigler is also a Parsec Award-winning author, having taken the trophy in the Best Speculative Fiction Story category in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Posted by Shawn Thorpe