2016 Parsec Awards

Parsec Awards logoThe 2016 winners of the Parsec Awards for excellence in speculative fiction podcasting were presented at Dragon Con on September 4.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Improvised Star Trek -“The Voyages of the USS Sisyphus” by Christopher Rathjen and the USS Sisyphus Cast & Crew (Improvised)

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • The Journeyman Writer by Alastair Stephens

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Verity Podcast  by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • The Uncanny Magazine Podcast  by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, Erika Ensign,  & Steven Schapansky

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomparable  by Jason Snell

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space  hosted by Fraser Cain

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament  by Grant Baciocco & Russ Walko

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Uncanny County  by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Uncanny County  by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)

  • Reading Out Loud -“Property Damage Claim #1-1403986” by Ryan P. Duke

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • After the Plague by Mike Bennett

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • Tales to Terrify -“Graves” by Justin Cawthorne

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • The Voice of Free Planet X  -“Oddfellows Local” by Jared Axelrod

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • The Galaxy Quest Restoration Project -“Balance of Darkness” by David A. Mackenzie

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]

Nominations Open for 2016 Parsec Awards

Parsec Awards logoThe Parsec Awards recognize the best in speculative fiction podcasting.

Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges. The winners are announced each year at Dragon*Con.

Nominations are open through May 31, 2016.

What is a “podcast”?

For the purposes of the Parsec Awards, we consider a podcast to be  audio or video delivered as part of a syndicated series 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.

Click here for category descriptions. And here for the list of podcasts that have already been nominated — a podcast only needs to be nominated once to be screened for the awards.

When you are ready to nominate, click here.

2015 Parsec Award Winners

Parsec Awards logoThe winners of the 2015 Parsec Awards were announced at Dragon Con on September 6. All of the following information is copied from the Parsec Awards Twitter feed.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

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

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • Aaron’s World by Mike Meraz & Aaron Meraz

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Last Contact” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich

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

  • The Black, by Paul E. Cooley

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • “The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” OR “A Mike in the Mechanics” by by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • PleasureTown

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Mario Warfare

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space by Fraser Cain

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomparable

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • The Scot and the Sassenach by Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • The Journeyman Writer

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • [1] New Message by Jamie Gower

Update: Two items originally announced as finalists by the Steering Committee in the Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) were subsequently ruled ineligible. “While a portion of the episodes in which they appeared are available for free, the stories themselves are behind a paywall.”

2015 Parsec Awards Finalists

Parsec Awards logoThe shortlist for the 2015 Parsec Awards has been released. The award is given for excellence in science fiction podcasting. The winners will be announced at Dragon Con.

So far as I can tell, none of the Hugo nominated fancasts made the Parsec Award shortlist.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “The Greater Good,” by Edwin Crowe
  • “A Story to Scare My Son,” by R. D. Ovenfriend
  • “Madness Above the Clouds,” by Michael Marks
  • “Shimmer,” by Amanda Davis
  • “Singing with All my Skin and Bone,” by Sunny Moraine

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Secret World Chronicles
  • The Black
  • “Eater of Bone,” by Robert Reed
  • Bear Spirit
  • The Ghost Train of New Orleans

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Last Contact,” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich
  • “Monster!” by V. C. Morrison
  • “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day,” by Tina Connolly
  • “The Screwfly Solution,” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • “Red Legacy,” by Eneasz Brodski
  • “Say UNcle,” by Rish Outfield

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “The Philadelphia Xperiment,” by John Ballentine
  • “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” by John Ballentine
  • “A Prophet’s Guide,” by Matthew J. Boudreau
  • “Space Casey Season 2,” by Christiana Ellis
  • “Aaron’s World,” by Mike Meraz and Aaron Meraz
  • “Alba Salix, Royal Physician,” by Eli McIlveen

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • Balancing Act, by Mike Murphy
  • The Sinister Secret of StarNasty, or, A Mike in the Mechanics, by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
  • Transference, by Sydney Leigh

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Mario Warfare
  • Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Cast of Wonders
  • Pseudopod
  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • The Uncanny Podcast
  • The NoSleep Podcast

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • PleasureTown
  • Audtio Drama Production Podcast
  • Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
  • Lost in Williamsburg
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley and JAX

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

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

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomperable
  • Anomaly Podcast
  • The 602 Club
  • The Scifi Diner Podcast
  • Geek Radio Daily

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Literary Treks
  • Axanar: The Official Podcast
  • Continuing Mission
  • The Journeyman Writer
  • The Roundtable Podcast

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Blurry Photos
  • Faculty of Horror
  • Weird Things
  • Hubblecast
  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4Cast
  • [1] New Message
  • Rude Alchemy
  • I Remembered It…Better

[Via SF Site News.]

Nominations Sought for 2015 Parsec Awards

The Parsec Awards recognize the best in speculative fiction podcasting.

Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges. The winners are announced each year at Dragon*Con.

Click here for the category descriptions. And here for the list of podcasts that have already been nominated — a podcast only needs to be nominated once to be screened for the awards.

When you’re ready to nominate, click here.

[Via SF Site News.]

2014 Parsec Award Winners

Parsec Awards logoThe winners of the 2014 Parsec Awards were announced at Dragon*Con on August 31.

The Parsecs recognize the best in speculative fiction podcasting. Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: 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

  • Richard Wentworth, Michael McQuilkin, Lisa McQuilkin, and Michael Atkinson of Hadron Gospel Hour

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

2014 Parsec Awards Finalists

The finalists for the 2014 Parsec Awards have been announced. The Parsecs recognize the best in speculative fiction podcasting.

Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: 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

  • 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 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

 

2013 Parsec Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 Parsec Awards for Speculative Fiction Podcasting were announced at Dragon*Con on September 1.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
Now Cydonia by Rick Kennett (from Cast of Wonders)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, produced by Mike Bennett

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
Underwood and Flinch by Mike Bennett

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast
The Road To Utopia Plain” by Rick Kennett (The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
The Minister of Chance by Radio Static

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
Star Trek: Outpost by Tony Raymond and Daniel McIntosh

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
I Have Your Heart by Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 by Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
The NoSleep Podcast by David Cummings

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
RebelForce Radio by Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
Nights at the Round Table by Ash Farbrother

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
StoryForward by J.C. Hutchins & Steve Peters

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
Hubblecast by Oli Usher & Joe Liske

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Blastropodcast by Mark Soloff

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast
The Funny Music Project by Devo Spice

Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges.

Here’s some unexpected trivia for you. The lone nominee up for both a Parsec and Hugo this year was not a work in the Best Fancast category, but Writing Excuses Season Seven, a nominee in the Best Related Work category.

2013 Parsec Award Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the Parsec Awards which celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting.

Shows are nominated by fans, finalists are chosen by a steering committee, and the winners are voted on by an independent panel of judges.

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.

Fiends: Mimes by Paul Elard Cooley (from Shadow Publications)
Final Girl Theory by A.C. Wise (from Pseudopod)
Fires in the Snow by Starla Huchton (from The Gearhart)
Now Cydonia by Rick Kennett (from Cast of Wonders)
Royal Offworld Navy by Alexa Chipman (from Imagination Lane)
Silence: A Fable by Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Jeffrey Gardner (from Our Fair City)

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.

The Beauty of Our Weapons by M. Darusha Wehm
Garaaga’s Children: Scrolls by Paul Elard Cooley
Stolen Hearts: The Invitation (A Gallifreyan Love Story) by Edward WinterRose
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, produced by Mike Bennett
Tainted Roses by Mark Kilfoil (from Every Photo Tells…)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long 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.

The Diary of Jill Woodbine by Jay Smith (from HG World)
Interference by Eric Luke
Secret World Chronicles, Season 6: Revolutions by Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, and Veronica Giguere
Strigoaie The Romanian Witch by Mark Vale
Underwood and Flinch by Mike Bennett

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast

Stories of any 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.

Alek and Elizabeth and the End of the World” by Michael Grey (Journey Into…)
Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Harlan’s Wake” written by John Mierau, produced by Brian Lincoln (The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
A Janitor’s Territory” by Birke Duncan
The Road To Utopia Plain” by Rick Kennett (The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)

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.

Keeg’s Quest: A Skyrim Adventure by Rich Matheson
Aaron’s World by Mike Meraz and Aaron
The Minister of Chance by Radio Static
Ancient Evil by Aural Stage Studios (Dialed In)
The Pendant Shakespeare by Pendant Productions

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 its primary mechanism.

We’re Alive by KC Wayland
Hothouse Bruiser by Joel Metzger
The Leviathan Chronicles by Christof Laputka
Star Trek: Outpost by Tony Raymond and Daniel McIntosh
The Guild of The Cowry Catchers: Book 4 Out of the Ashes by Abigail Hilton

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

Video podcasts that tell a speculative fiction story.

Dr. Talon’s “Letter to the Editor” by David D. Levine
The Silent City by Rubidium Wu
I Have Your Heart by Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

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

Toasted Cake by Tina Connolly
The Drabblecast by Norm Sherman
The NoSleep Podcast by David Cummings
Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 by Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine
Every Photo Tells… by Katharina and Mick Bordet

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.

The NoSleep Podcast by David Cummings
Doctor Who: Verity! by Deb Stanish & Erika Ensign
Nights at the Round Table by Ash Farbrother
Reader/Writer Podcast by Ben Delano/Mary Ellen Warren
Blurry Photos by David Flora

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.

RebelForce Radio by Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank
Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro by Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, Chris Burgess
Two-Minute Time Lord by Chip Sudderth
 Commentary: Trek Stars by Mike Schindler, Max Hegel
Doctor Who: Verity! by Deb Stanish & Erika Ensign

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of speculative fiction.

Geek Radio Daily by Geek Radio Daily
The Incomparable by Jason Snell
Nights at the Round Table by Ash Farbrother
The Ratchet RetroCast by John F. Strangeway, Doc Quincy E. Quartermain
PodCulture: Equal Opportunity Geekness by Brad, Glenn, Christina, and Adam

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

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

StoryForward by J.C. Hutchins & Steve Peters
StoryWonk Sunday by Lani Diane Rich and Alistair Stephens
Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal
Get Published by Michell Plested
Adventures in SciFi Publishing by Shaun Farrell

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.

Hubblecast by Oli Usher & Joe Liske
Blurry Photos by David Flora
The Titanium Physicists Podcast by Ben Tippett
Bacteriofiles by Jesse Noar
Token Skeptic by K. Sturgess

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.

My Script is MUD by Birke Duncan
Blastropodcast by Mark Soloff
The Chapter Titles Were So Good by The Peter, Regular Tom, and Mr. Tom
Dragon*ConTV by Brian Richardson
Comedy4Cast by Clinton

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

Podcasts discussing and sampling music about, set in, inspired by or spoofing speculative fiction. (e.g. Filk, Rock, RenFair, Rap, Techno)

Radio Free Hipster by Z
The Funny Music Project by Devo Spice
Pros and Cons by Jonah Knight

[Via SF Signal.]