2015 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists

 

Attention:
The Parse Awards Steering Committee has re-verified all of our scoring, categories and the eligibility of our finalists, due to several issues which have been brought to our attention since our original announcement of these finalists. Now we are in the unenviable and embarrassing position of correcting several errors in our list of eligible finalists.

We endeavor to maintain fairness and integrity in these awards above all else, so we must make the corrections explained below. Our sincerest apologies to the creators of the works that were eligible yet incorrectly determined to be finalists:

“Shimmer” by Amanda Davis, Cast of Wonders
“Singing with All my Skin and Bone” by Sunny Moraine, Nightmare Magazine
“Transference” by Sydney Leigh, The Wicked Library

These works are well worth your time to listen, and we hope you will go and enjoy them. We regret any embarrassment these errors on our part have caused to these fine nominees and their podcasts.

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.

Correction: There was a transcription mistake in identifying one of the finalists in the category of Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form). The correct list of finalists (there are 6 due to a tie) for this category is below.

And the Parsec goes to:

“The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” OR “A Mike in the Mechanics” by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth, Hadron Gospel Hour

Finalists:
The Once and Future Nerd
Star Trek: Outpost
“Balancing Act” by Mike Murphy, Strange Stories
Edict Zero – FIS, Season 3
Wolf 359

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.

And the Parsec goes to:

Aaron’s World by Mike Meraz and Aaron Meraz

Finalists:
“The Philadelphia Xperiment” by John Ballentine, Campfire Radio Theater
“Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse” by John Ballentine, Campfire Radio Theater
A Prophets Guide by Matthew J Boudreau
Space Casey Season 2 by Christiana Ellis
Alba Salix, Royal Physician by Eli McIlveen

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

Podcasts about the creative process and/or the technical aspects of speculative fiction podcast creation.

And the Parsec goes to:

The Journeyman Writer

Finalists:
Literary Treks
Axanar: The Official Podcast
Continuing Mission
The Roundtable Podcast

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.

And the Parsec goes to:

[1] New Message

Finalists:
Blastropodcast
Comedy4cast
Rude Alchemy
I Remembered It…Better

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.

And the Parsec goes to:

Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Finalists:
Blurry Photos
Faculty of Horror
Weird Things
Hubblecast

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)

And the Parsec goes to:

The Incomparable

Finalists:
Anomaly Podcast
The 602 Club
The Scifi Diner Podcast
Geek Radio Daily

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).

And the Parsec goes to:

The Scot and the Sassenach

Finalists:
The Ready Room
Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
Arrow Squad
Dusted: A Buffy Podcast
Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men

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.

And the Parsec goes to:

“Last Contact” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich, The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

Finalists:
“Monster!” by V. C. Morrison, Seminar
“Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day” by Tina Connolly, Podcastle
“The Screwfly Solution” by James Tiptree, Jr., PseudoPod
“Red Legacy” by Eneasz Brodski, Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality
“Say Uncle” by Rish Outfield, The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

Podcasts that regularly present short stories from different authors containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

And the Parsec goes to:

Seminar

Finalists:
Cast of Wonders
PseudoPod
The Uncanny Magazine Podcast
The NoSleep Podcast

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.

And the Parsec goes to:

PleasureTown

Finalists:
Audio Drama Production Podcast
Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
Lost in Williamsburg
The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella & Long Form) (Combined due to number of small numbers of nominees)

Novella-length and 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.

And the Parsec goes to:

The Black

Finalists:
The Secret World Chronicles
“Eater of Bone” by Robert Reed, Escape Pod
Bear Spirit
The Ghost Train to New Orleans

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.

Correction: The Steering Committee was made aware of a violation of the eligibility criteria for two of the finalists in the Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form). While a portion of the episodes in which they appeared are available for free, the stories themselves are behind a paywall. Those two stories have been disqualified. In identifying replacement finalists, the Steering Committee discovered an error in the original finalist calculation. The corrected finalist list for the category is as follows:

And the Parsec goes to:

“O’Malley’s Media Storm” by V.C. Morrison, Seminar

Finalists:
“A Story to Scare My Son” by R.D. Ovenfriend, The NoSleep Podcast
SKALD by Aubrey Sitterson
“The Mummer Man” by Stan Studdens; Peter Joseph Lewis, narrator, The NoSleep Podcast
“No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

And the Parsec goes to:

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

Video podcasts that tell a speculative fiction story.

Mario Warfare

Finalists:
Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

  • Jack Saat

    No Tales of the Extraordinary?! :(

  • Wow. I’m a podcast nut, and I’ve never even HEARD of a single one of these podcasts. It’s amazing any podcast is able to find its audience…

  • Very honored to be a finalist with The 602 Club and Literary Treks.

  • I’d like to thank the fine folks at the Parsec Awards for considering my show “Tranquil Tirades” for one of the awards. Even though we didn’t make the finalist list, it’s still an honor to be considered.

  • HOLY CATS! I’m so thrilled for SKALD to have been selected as a finalist. Congrats and best of luck to all of the other finalists as well!

  • Michael Dunn

    HGH for the win woot