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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