2014 Parsec Awards Ceremony Program

 

The Ninth Annual Celebration of Speculative Fiction Podcasting

Presented by Tom Merritt and Justin Robert Young

Tom and Justin


Parsec Awards Who’s Who

BOARD OF ADVISORS
The Board of Advisors help the Steering Committee make major decisions. They consist of the three founders of the Parsecs, and the current Parsec Awards president (appointed by the advisors).

Michael R. Mennenga, Founder
Mur Lafferty, Founder
Tracy Hickman, Founder
Laura Burns, 2014 President

STEERING COMMITTEE
The Steering Committee is the heart  of the Parsec Awards. From maintaining the website to coordinating the event, everything funnels  through these people. If you have submitted your podcast, you have probably talked with one or more of these people, and they have all heard your submission!

Laura Burns, 2009-2014
Gary Lindros, 2009-2014
Susie Murph, 2009-2014
Anna Creech 2010-2014
Barry Biddlecomb, 2011-2014
Bruce Press, 2011-2014
Natalie Metzger, 2014
Stuart Jaffe, 2014

JUDGES
Once the Steering Committee and other semi-finalist judges have selected the five finalists for each category, the submissions are sent to the judges for final scoring. We thank the judges for their time.

Marc Bailey, Matt Blum, Kyle Cassidy, Joshua A. Chamot, John Cmar, Tom Comeau, Dani Cutler, Richard Dansky, Wendy Delmater, Ken Denmead, Sarah Donner, Christiana Ellis, Paul Fischer, Mignon Fogerty, Brand Gamblin, Richard Garriott, Kirsten Gong-Wong, Kevin Grazier, Brian Gregory, Marc Gunn, Martha Halloway, Erin Hill, Jack Hosley, Julie Irish, Paulette Jaxton, James Patrick Kelly, Ciara Knight, Marianne Leviton, Brian McLaughlin, Tom Merritt, Chris Miller, Sarah Jane Pell, Renate Pohl, Julie Press, Bryan Prindiville, Trevor Quachri, Jason Ramboz, Matthew Reyes, Russell Ross III, Patrick Sponaugle, Rick Stringer, Bob Tarr, Evo Terra, Shyaporn Theerakulstit, Chuck Tomasi, Thomas Vincent, Matthew Wallace, Jean Marie Ward, Karron Warren, Heather Welliver, Gabra Zackman, Sue Zizza, and Lauren Zurchin


Award Categories

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Whether they make fun of bad movies or or poke fun at our own geekdom, these podcasts keep us laughing.

Finalists:
Blastropodcast hosted by Mark Soloff
Comedy4cast hosted by Clinton Alvord
DragonConTV hosted by Brian Richardson
FSL Tonight hosted by Justin Robert Young and Tom Merritt
Society of Arozea hosted by William Chappell, Mike Mudd, Samantha Gee, and Madame Galiana

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
Podcasts about the creative process and/or the technical aspects of speculative fiction podcast creation.

Finalists:
The Baen Free Radio Hour hosted by Tony Daniel
Commentary: Trek Stars hosted by Mike Schindler and Max Hegel
Get Published hosted by Michell Plested
The Shared Desk hosted by Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine
StoryWonk Sunday hosted by Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of a given type of literary or entertainment work or series of works that have elements of speculative fiction (e.g. podcasts focused on H. P. Lovecraft, Buffy The Vampire Slayer or the World of Time).

Finalists:
Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast hosted by John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson
Greetings from Storybrooke: A Once Upon a Time Podcast hosted by Bill Meeks and Anne Marie DeSimone
Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast hosted by Ken Ray and John Champion
PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus hosted by Brad, Glenn, Christina, and Adam
SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones Podcast hosted by P.G. Holyfield, Nuchtchas, Chooch, and Vivid Muse

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Podcasts that regularly present short stories from different authors containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

Finalists:
Cast of Wonders edited by Marguerite Kenner
The NoSleep Podcast edited by David Cummings
Pseudopod edited by Shawn M. Garrett
Seminar: An Original Anthology Show edited by Pendant Productions
Toasted Cake edited by Tina Connolly

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of speculative fiction. (e.g. Anime, Gaming, General Spec Fic)

Finalists:
Geek Radio Daily hosted by Billy Flynn, The Flynstress, and The Bruce
Generations Geek hosted by Scott Pearson and Daughter
PodCulture: Equal Opportunity Geekness hosted by Brad, Glenn, Christina, and Adam
SpecFicMedia.com Presents: Consumption hosted by P.G. Holyfield, Christiana Ellis, Chooch, and Vivid Muse
Sword & Laser hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
Podcasts that explore the facts that influence the fictions – the science, history, culture, and mythology that inspire these stories.

Finalists:
Blurry Photos hosted by David Flora and Dave Stecco
Daily Tech News Show hosted by Tom Merritt
Guide to Space hosted by Fraser Cain
Skeptoid hosted by Brian Dunning
The Titanium Physics Podcast hosted by Ben Tippett, David Tsang, Jocelyn Read, et al.

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
Video podcasts that tell a speculative fiction story.

Finalists:
Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast by Grant Baciocco
Once Upon a Time in the 1970′s by Chris & Anne Lukeman
Pilgrim of the Sky Live by Natania Barron

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
This person or team is new to podcasting in the past Parsec eligibility year, becoming a significant voice that has contributed to the community as a whole.

Finalists:
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler of Standard Orbit
Peter Bryant, Mike Kafes, Brian Olvera, Allegra, Adrian Perez, and Jay Libby of MythWits
Ralff, Kim, and Johnny of Catching Up
Richard Wentworth, Michael McQuilkin, Lisa McQuilkin, and Michael Atkinson of Hadron Gospel Hour
William Chappell, Mike Mudd, Samantha Gee, and Madame Galiana of Society of Arozea

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
Long audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling is effected through the dialogue of its characters and sound effects/scenery presenting action and scene as it’s primary mechanism.

Finalists:
Edict Zero – FIS (Season Three) by Jack Kincaid
Our Fair City created by Clayton Faits and produced by Jeffrey Gardner
Star Trek: Outpost by Daniel McIntosh and Tony Raymond
Tales of the Extraordinary by Michael T. Coleman
We’re Alive: A Story of Survival by Kc Wayland

Best Speculative Fiction Story:  Long Form
Stories longer than four hours containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses more than two people for the story presentation. (note: Due to a small number of submissions, the large and small cast long form stories are combined into one category this year.)

Finalists:
Broken by Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere
Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching by Chris Lewis Carter (from Cast of Wonders)
Fire on the Mound by William J. Meyer
The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Book 5: Shores beyond the World by Abigail Hilton
Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, Larry Dixon, and Veronica Giguere
Tales of the Left Hand, Book 3 by John Meagher

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
Novel-length containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror where the storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses fewer than three people for the story presentation.

Finalists:
Blood and Smoke by Mike Bennett (from Underwood and Flinch)
The Merchant Adventurer by Patrick E. McLean
Paris Pas De Deux by Andrew Wheeler (from Valentin and the Widow)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
Stories less than four hours in length containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses more than two people for the story presentation.

Finalists:
Dirty Hands by Niall Kitson (from Seminar: An Original Anthology Show)
Fear of Thought by Veronica Giguere (from Outer Colonies)
Four Views of the Big Cigar in Winter by Charlie Bookout (from Pseudopod)
Night Waking by Benjamin Rosenbaum (from Journey Into…)
Under Oak Island by K.T. Bryski (from Tales from the Archives Vol. III)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
Short audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling is effected through the dialogue of its characters and sound effects/scenery presenting action and scene as it’s primary mechanism.

Finalists:
Dreaming of a Dead Christmas by John Ballentine (from Campfire Radio Theater)
The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air: Christmas Spectacular by David J. Loehr
The Pen is Mightier by Mike Murphy (from Misfits Audio)
Tallington by Jon Thrower (from We Are Not Alone)
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (from Campfire Radio Theater)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
Short stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror where the storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses fewer than three people for the story presentation.

Finalists:
A Christmas Feast by Michael Whitehouse (from The NoSleep Podcast)
Growth Spurt by Paul Lorello (from Pseudopod)
How the Moon Got Its Cousin by Lee Hallison (from Toasted Cake)
Just Another Night by Andrew MacDougall (from The NoSleep Podcast)
Why the Sea is Boiling Hot by Michael Spence (from Tales from the Archives Vol. III)


A Note from the 2014 Parsec Awards Steering Committee President

Of Parsecs and Loss

I was recently at LonCon3, the 72nd World Science FIction Convention held in London, UK. It was a fantastic convention where I made new friends and met face to face with persons I have only known in the virtual world. It reinforced how Podcasting is an international force with contributors and fans all over the world.

Speculative fiction fandom is worldwide. LonCon3 was, by far, the most international convention that I’ve ever attended. The unwritten theme was diversity and inclusion in speculative fiction and fandom. This was highlighted by the attendees, the programming, and the Hugo Awards results. I hope that the Parsec Awards results continue that theme. In this vein, the Parsec Steering Committee has shipped award trophies to the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. We expect that this list of countries will grow as the reach of the Parsecs continues to grow.

At the same time I was at LonCon3, podcaster and friend P.G. Holyfield was losing a battle with cancer back in North Carolina, USA. Sadly, we lost P.G. in the early hours of August 21, 2014. Within 24 hours of losing P.G, we also lost Parsec Awards Steering Committee member Barry Biddlecomb. Barry had been fighting cancer for most of the past year. Earlier this year we lost Jay Lake, one of our past finalist judges, also to cancer. It has been a rough year with regards to cancer. Personally, I have known and loved far too many people who have fought (and far too often lost to) this horrible disease.

This is not the first time the Parsec community has suffered a tragic losses to cancer. Early in our history, we lost the much-loved Joe Murphy as well. At the time, the speculative fiction community was much smaller. It was much easier to know the trials and tragedies of our fellow casters. Over the years, the community has significantly grown. The challenge that we on the Parsec Committee have is how to acknowledge these losses to our world.

The Hugo Awards has a lovely method of listing those lost in the previous year as part of the ceremony. We are considering something similar for the Parsec Awards moving forward. Our challenge is that we are a small group of volunteers and lack the ability to track those lost. We are looking for suggestions. Please let us know your ideas for how we can celebrate the voices we have lost.

As always, the Parsec Awards would not exist without a small army of volunteers that we must thank. Please check out our list of amazing Parsec Awards judges. They volunteered significant time to get us to this point. I’d also like to thank all of those helping make the Parsec Awards one of the best awards shows in the genre. Finally, we have our extremely diligent Steering committee. We have two wonderful new members this year in Stuart Jaffe and Natalie Metzger. We work on these awards year round and I’m so proud of my fellow committee members. Thank you all.

Laura Burns
2014 Parsec Awards Steering Committee President


The 2014 Parsec Awards Steering Committee would like to offer a special Thank You to the following individuals:

Sarah Donner for providing the entertainment
Tom Merritt and Justin Robert Young for writing the script and hosting the show
FarPoint Media for website hosting