2009 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists

 

Thanks to all who participated in the 2009 Parsec Awards. This not only marked our fifth year of awarding excellence in speculative fiction, but also brought in the most nominations and submissions of any year. We look forward to an even bigger and better Parsec Awards in 2010, with more amazing work to be recognized. In closing for this year, the Parsec Awards would like to congratulate all the Finalists, and of course all the winners.

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

Variant Frequencies – “Under The Bed” by Michael Natale [subscribe]

Finalists:
“Best in Class” by Jonathan C. Gillespie
“Gestalt” by J. C. Hutchins
“The Goodbye Party” by Christiana Ellis
“St. Darwin’s Spirituals” by D. K. Thompson

Category Description: Short stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Word counts under 20K.

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

7th Son: Obsidion – “Eusocial Networking by Scott Sigler [subscribe]

Finalists:
Eden by Phil Rossi
The End of Flesh by Matt Wallace
Nemesis by Mark Yshimoto Nemcoff
Pallas & Stan by Matt Wallace
Prophet of Panamindorah Book 3

Category Description: Intermediate length stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Word counts between 20K and 70K.

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form / Novel)

FETIDUS: The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural by James Durham [subscribe]

Finalists:
Contagious
by Scott Sigler
Double Share by Nathan Lowell
Fractured Horizon by H. E. Roulo
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester

Category Description: Novel length stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Word counts greater than 70K.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form including Independents)

The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd by Grant Baciocco & Doug Price [subscribe]

Finalists:
Age of the Zombies
The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater
Dr. Who – BrokenSea
Star Wars, Codename: Starkeeper – The Adventures of Indiana Jim

Category Description: Short audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Total Season’s complete running time for dramatic content only (excluding host commentary, listener e-mail, behind-the-scenes editions, etc.) under 15 hours.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents)

The Metamor City Podcast – “Making the Cut” by Chris Lester [subscribe]

Finalists:
Amazing Pulp Adventures Starring Mister Adventure
Murder at Avedon Hill
The Leviathan Chronicles
The Takeover – Mur Lafferty

Category Description: Long audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Total Season’s complete running time for dramatic content only (excluding host commentary, listener e-mail, behind-the-scenes editions, etc.) 15 hours or longer.

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

Pseudopod edited by Ben Phillips and read by Alasdair Stuart [subscribe]

Finalists:
19 Nocturne Boulevard
Bloodcast, Season 2
Erotica a la Carte
Variant Frequences

Category Description: These podcasts return week after week with great short stories.

Best Speculative Fiction Video Podcast

Stranger Things by Earl Newton, David Kanter, & Cody P. Christian [subscribe]

Finalists:
7th Son: Obsidian
MODSonline
The Totally Rad Show
The Underdevelopment Podcast

Category Description: Video podcasts that include elements of speculative fiction.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy / Parody Podcast

Bell’s in the Batfry by John Bell [subscribe]

Finalists:
Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts
comedy4cast
Geek Pantheon and Your Moment of Kim
Geek Survival Guide

Category Description: Whether they make fun of bad movies or or poke fun at our own geekdom, these podcasts keep us laughing.

Best Speculative Fiction Writing-related Podcast

Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells [subscribe]

Finalists:
The Dead Robots’ Society
I Should Be Writing
Irrevant Muse “Get Published”
Movie Mantras

Category Description: Podcasts that focus on the process, challenges and rewards of writing and publishing written works.

Best Speculative Fiction Fan Podcast

The ScapeCast featuring Brent Barrett, Chris Polansky, Hank Shiffman, Kevin Bachelder, Kimberly Thompson, Lindy Rae, Michael Falkner, Sammy Mohr, & Wendy Hembrock [subscribe]

Finalists:
The 9th – A Heroes Podcast
The Babylon Podcast
The Signal
Tuning into SciFi TV

Category Description: Podcasts created by and for the fans of a given type, style or genre of literary or entertainment work or series of works that have elements speculative fiction.

Best Speculative Fiction News Podcast

(Cool) Shite on the Tube featuring Bruce Moyle, Chris Rattray, David
Quinn, Dion Brooks & Tiarne Double [subscribe]

Finalists:
Dial P for Pulp!
Galactica Quorum
Rangercast
Skepticality

Category Description: Podcasts that focus on providing news of speculative fiction in its myriad forms.

Best Gaming Podcast

Brilliant Gameologists featuring Josh, Meg, Zeke, & Tom [subscribe]

Finalists:
All Games Considered
City of Heroes Podcast
The Game Kennel
The Podge Cast

Category Description: Podcasts that focus on one or more styles of gaming (video, role playing, tabletop and board games, non-traditional card games, etc.).

Best Speculative Fiction Infotainment Podcast

The 365 Days of Astronomy, the daily podcast of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 featuring various contributors [subscribe]

Finalists:
Geek Survival Guide
Geologic Podcast
Movie Mantras
Tuning in to SciFi TV

Category Description: Podcasts that have content of an educational nature, presented in an entertaining format.

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

The FuMP featuring Devo Spice, Possible Oscar, Raymond and Scum, Rob Balder, Robert Lund and Spaff.com, the great Luke Ski, Tom Smith, & Worm Quartet [subscribe]

Finalists:
FETIDUS
The GeekSpin
Radio Free Hipster
Wander Radio

Category Description: Podcasts where artists presents their original music with a speculative fiction bent or podcasts where original music with a speculative fiction theme is presented.

Best Anime Podcast

Anime World Order [subscribe]

Finalists:
Anime 3000
Anime Diet
Anime Roundtable
Star Rabbit Tracks

Category Description: Podcasts that focus on Anime.

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

FETIDUS (James Durham) [subscribe]

Finalists:
19 Nocturne Boulevard
Antithesis, Book 1
Gypsy Audio
The House of Grey

This person or team is new to podcasting in this past Parsec eligibility year, becoming a significant voice that has contributed to the community as a whole.