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!

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scary virus worm from episode 4

The City park radio programming guidelines are strictly G so we had to invent an expletive Terry could say on air – he is after all a male 20 something bogan and aliens are shooting at him, so our actor Michael came up with flip! for our f word. The sound editor shall fire a handy blaster shot any time he tries that s word.  

Testing the Translation Circuit

It’s science fiction so there are long technical explains and worse – alien words.  The Questr is equipped with a handy translation device that magically works at a distance. So we can stick with english as the truly universal language, and use fake alien accents – the radio equivalent of a Dalek costume 🙂

However it’s always a surprise to a script writer as to which innocuous little words trip the tongues of the voice actors. Star shines will become shar stines, capacitors morph into capacitators, and time saving efforts turn into marathon recording sessions. After handling the periodic table with ease Rowena created the Thornhill capacitator, our take on a flux capacitor. So now its super special. “fruity tropical lime with a hint of hazlenut character” that was a little line i got off a bottle of Josef Chromy chardonnay and seriously regretted. Took a dozen takes and script writer was about to be strangled since the bottle was empty and we couldn’t just drown our woes.

Our script writers actually dodge creating alien names. just alien 1 alien 2 etc… They have no problems creating characters and convoluted plots but were so pleased I found this handy thing online fantasynamegenerators.com I haven’t yet tried hustling them into making up a language as involved as say Dothraki. Maybe season 3.

Episode 1 – The Doctor: Citizen of Gallifrey part 1


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Set on Gallifrey in the Rassilon Era, we meet the young Theta Sigma and her best friend, a boy, in trouble again at the Timelord academy. Rather than miss out on ‘the school excursion’ in the time capsules they seize an opportunity to head out of poorly supervised detention and climb aboard what will become “the Questr“.

Written By Adam Brooks

Cast: The Doctor and Narrator – Rowena Dinsmore, Best Friend – Adam Brooks, Students/soldiers/rebels – Brooke Malloy,Royce Gale,Carolyn Rutter, Teacher – John Brooks

Edited by: Adam Brooks, Carolyn Rutter and Trevor Sneath

12573045_546702028835357_1258180454527503504_nTheme Music Played by Elvis Smith and Jack Willett

Additional Music

Show notes ( spoiler alerts )

Adam wanted to explore the doctor’s youth and also to have a female protagonist. He set the story in what was mentioned within the Whovian canon as a favourite period of earth’s history. Being female and having no budget constraints with wardrobe ( big benefit of audio drama!) meant we could indulge in some frills, literally, to underscore her youth and femininity.

Sound FX  *


[ White Noise ] Real Library Sound by REAL Sound 
[Ambient Background Sounds] Museum visit by Sleepy Sheep
British Museum, Entrance Hall by MasterSoundEffects
St James's Park祐pring Afternoon
Classroom by Random/Pointless Videos
Ambient Medieval/Fantasy Town Sounds (Put on Loop) by Helix
Lord of the Rings ASMR - Rivendell - Ambient sound white noise by ASMR Rooms
City Park Sound Effects by CMIUC100
Market Place (foreign voices) by HQSFX
People Talking in Background Ambience
Park SOUND EFFECTS - Outside Ambience City Stadt SOUNDS by BerlinAtmospheres
Footsteps SOUND EFFECTS Good for outdoors, with extra people too
Footsteps - SOUND EFFECTS (creaky stairs and various others
Sci Fi Beeps by BerlinAtmospheres
High School Hallway Ambience by SoundEffectsFactory
23 FOOTSTEPS Looping Sound Pack [FREE DOWNLOAD] by SoundLikeTube
CC Knock On Door And Footsteps (Creepy House) by Nosferatu Sound Effects
Horror Sound Effect - Creaking Door Open (Drawn Out)
Horror Sound Effect - Horror Scream
Heartbeat
Sliding Wooden Door by Sound FX
Door Sound Collection by Sound Effects Central
Sliding Glass Doors by Sound Effects
Button Press Sound
Sliding Closet Door Series by Free Sound Effects
Sliding Glass Door Opening by Audio Library - Sound Effects
Top 10. Most Terrifying Wild Animal Sounds by Hannibal Lectorr
5 Terrifying Animal Sounds by DeltaForge
5 Strange Sounds No One Can Explain by Beyond Science
Wild animal sounds for kids by nutolina
Engine room noise
Scream Collection - Female by Sound Effects Central
AudioProductions London Footsteps On Stairs Sound Effect by Audio Productions
Footsteps Wooden Stairs Sound Effect by Audio Enabled
Wooden stairs squeak sound effect (normal speed) by Jojikiba