2016 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists

oh golly miss molly who knew there were sooo many sci-fi podcasts? I’ve decided to trawl about and add links for all of these as time permits ( ie: no more until I finish ep10 ) since the award givers themselves have neglected to do it on their website ( i’ve been under a rock obviously with no idea either that people gave out awards for audio drama – so yes we’ll be putting our hand up for one of them thanks!) They were sometimes hard to track and warning – some contain very adult content and this is a work in progress not all links have been added yet

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)

Finalists:

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

The Journeyman Writer by Alastair Stephens

Finalists:

  • Archer & Armstrong: The Production Journals by Pendant Productions
  • Axanar: The Official Podcast by Robert Meyer Burnett & Alec Peters
  • Literary Treks by Matthew Rushing & Dan Gunther
  • The Round Table Podcast by Dave Robison

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

Finalists:

  • Country Bear Collector Show by Grant Baciocco
  • From There to Here by Trek.fm
  • Piper’s Picks TV by Adam Feinsilver & Piper Reese
  • PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus by The TARDIS Interruptus Crew
  • The Orb by C. Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast  by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas,

Erika Ensign,  & Steven Schapansky

Finalists:

  • Seminar by Pendant Productions
  • Strange Horizons by Anaea Lay
  • The Pendant Shakespeare by Pendant Productions
  • The Wicked Library by Daniel Foytik and Nelson W. Pyles

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

The Incomparable  by Jason Snell

Finalists:

Anomaly by Angela Flournoy & Jen Rhodes

Assembly of Geeks by Scott Murray

Nutty Bites by Nuchtchas

Slice of SciFi by Summer Brooks and Team Slice of SciFi

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

Universe Today’s Guide to Space by Fraser Cain

Finalists:
Astronomy Cast by Pamela Gay & Fraser Cain

Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast by Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison

Skeptoid by Brian Dunning

Talk The Talk by Daniel Midgley

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

The Ultimate Nerd-ament  by Grant Baciocco & Russ Walko

Finalists:

Grant’s Advent Calendar by Grant Baciocco

The Uncle Interloper Show by Grant Baciocco

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

Uncanny County  by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Finalists:

ars PARADOXICA by Daniel Manning & Mischa Stanton

Liberty: Critical Research by Travis Vengroff & Kaitlin Statz

Nova Dark by Justin Fife, Ron Rose, & Trevor Wood

The Witch Hunter Podcast by Domien De Groot &  Audio Epics

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

Uncanny County  by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Finalists:

ars PARADOXICA by Daniel Manning & Mischa Stanton

Hadron Gospel Hour – “This Particle, Doomed!” OR “The Incident At Universe 603-X” by  Rich Wentworth & Mike McQuilkin

Return Home – “Home At Last / Whatever Lies Behind The Door / Running Wild” by Jeff Heimbuch

Starship Excelsior by James Heaney

The Cleansed by Fred Greenhalgh &  FinalRune Productions

Wolf 359 “Mayday” by Gabriel Urbina &  Kinda Evil Genius Productions

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)

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

Finalists:

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eneasz Brodski

Young Avengers Live -“The Epic Adventures” by M

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

After the Plague by Mike Bennett

Finalists:

The Black: Arrival by Paul Elard Cooley

The Enoch Pill by Matthew William

The Twilight Histories -“The Winged Victory” by Jordan Harbour

The Witch Hunter Podcast by Domien De Groot & Audio Epics

Worm by J.C. McCrae

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

Tales to Terrify -“Graves” by Justin Cawthorne

Finalists:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies – “The Sweetest Skill” by Tony Pi

Far Fetched Fables – “While the Gods Laugh” by Michael Moorcock

The Lift – “The Basement” by Nelson W Pyles

The Lift -“Dark Music” by Scarlett R. Algee

The Lift -“Why I Take The Lift” by Mark Nixon

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

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

Finalists:

Aaron’s World by Aaron and Mike Meraz

Milly Foster, Macabre Investigator – “Oh Where, Oh Where Can She Be?” by Mike Murphy

Ray Gunn and Starburst by Holly Rose

The Moonlit Road by Craig Dominey

Wooden Overcoats by Audioscribble & David K. Barnes

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

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

Finalists:

Beneath Ceaseless Skies -“The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell

Journey Into… “Evermore, I Told The Raven” by Ken Scholes

The NoSleep Podcast – “The Whistlers” by Amity Argot

The Voice of Free Planet X -“Wolf Like Me” by Jared Axelrod

You Can’t Say That Again!

As we head in to the on air replays of a remastered Ep1 tomorrow and finalise the scripts for S2 I thought again of some of the inspirations for the Whoniverse. It began all those years ago with an australian script writer in the shadow of a possible nuclear war, with themes of child welfare, tribal conflict over technological advantage and aired the day after the assassination of president JFK.

Science fiction is a perfect medium to explore uncomfortable themes lightly for our general audience, without making fun of it.  G rated being free to air, no visually graphic content. Radio gives us a lot of freedom and an unlimited wardrobe budget ( yay!)  The corny fantasy aspects work in our favour here – no one is going to take it too seriously  … and yet…

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Adam the chief script writer is rather young and living in the lucky country. He is of the generation of australians who are not convicts, refugees of war or bad economics, and yet those themes will be threaded throughout.  In production EP1 working title was Terror of France since it is set in the Napoleonic era but before it hit the airwaves Paris was rocked by the first of a string of terrorist attacks! So it was a rapidly renamed Citizen of Gallifrey pts 1-4 (because titles are just hard ok?)

Terry the companion is accidentally shoved into the dangerous universe from his comfy hipster lifestyle. Unlike the usual BBC companions he’s neither courageous nor particularly bright, although he has a handy knowledge of what the actor Michael Rutter calls ‘pub facts’. But by ep8 I had him step up, up meaning a whole 93 floors, and help unite two economically divided races. The currency is water – the currency that literally underlies the conflict in the Gaza strip which sits over an aquifer.

 What would Terry say?

Actually I think we only continue to teach Shakespeare at school so the generations have some common ground other than today’s weather. ‘Miles’ is still ok with millenials as ‘kilometres does not roll lightly off the tongue’, but ‘acres’ is largely out. So ‘miles of redbrick roofs’ it is.

A doctor who can say what she wants?

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season 2 means a new frock!

and then there is the whole fanfic thing of what does and does not upset auntie. I joined up to this production to have a go at script writing but also because i was INCENSED at the ageism and ownership of imagination that some people think the word copyright implies. Free speech is bandwith worth fighting for. So BBC freely broadcast into your home, set out to inspire young minds, and literally ‘capture’ their imagination. After making a false sense of friendship blossom, suddenly ‘auntie’ closes the trap on your 18 yo brain and shackles you to you can’t say/write/share that unless we give you permissions or you cross our greedy palms with silver?  Before that…yeah we would love you to use a T’ardis in your school play – teachers please contact us? Not on my watch. Ironic video of Peter Capaldi talking to a young fan at comic con -ahh how much the world has changed now Auntie has to deal with a facebook enabled parent observing.

Back when i was homeschooling, Auntie wanted to charge someink like AUD $66 before postage for a vhs tape of the RI Christmas lectures – a series inaugurated by Michael Faraday as  FREE public lecture. Meanwhile across the pond the HHMI foundation streamed their xmas lectures from the web or posted out a CD for nothing. Cue incensed letter to the RI followed by a sudden appearance of a benefactor and the free streaming, $6 CD at their institution too. So i thought we could have at least one grammatical use of the word doctor immediately followed by the word ‘who’ hidden in every script and perhaps a doctor who saves the world with a strongly worded letter to the editor … listen for them 😛
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