FINALISTS: 2011 Parsec Awards

Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2011 Parsec Awards!

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

Brief Description: Short stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror

  • “The Astonishing Amulet of Amenartas” by Nathan Lowell (from Tales from the Archives)
  • “Loyalty” written by Renee Jordan; edited and performed by Arioch Morningstar (from Tuesday Terror)
  • “Neighbors” by Eddy Jones, read by Arioch Morningstar (from Tuesday Terror)
  • “Saying the Names” by Maggie Clark (from Lightspeed Magazine)
  • “The Taste of Starlight” by John R. Fultz (from Lightspeed Magazine)


Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

Brief Description: Intermediate length stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror

  • Act of Will by M. Darusha Wehm
  • FRANK – Vol.01: Boiling Point by Neil Colquhoun
  • The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin
  • Kissyman & the Gentleman by Scott Sigler
  • Marco and the Red Granny by Mur Lafferty

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form)

Brief Description: Novel-length stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror

  • Ancestor (2010 edit) by Scott Sigler
  • Owner’s Share by Nathan Lowell
  • The Prince of Hazel and Oak by John Lenahan
  • Secret World Chronicle by Veronica Giguere
  • Valhai by Gillian Andrews

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

Brief Description: Short audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror

  • BrokenSea Doctor Who by Paul Mannering, Mark Kalita, & Stevie K. Farnaby
  • The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater by Pendant Productions
  • “A Place So Foreign” by Cory Doctorow (from Dunesteef)
  • The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd by Grant Baciocco & Doug Price
  • “This Must Be The Place” by Elliot Bangs (from Dunesteef)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

Brief Description: Long audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror

  • The Account by Cayenne Chris Conroy (Teknikal Diffikulties)
  • Decoder Ring Theatre by Gregg Taylor
  • The GearHeart by Alex White
  • HG World by Jay Smith (3015 North Studios)
  • We’re Alive by Kc Wayland & Shane Salk (Modern Myth Productions)

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

Brief Description: Video podcasts tell a speculative fiction story

  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

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

  • Dark Fiction Magazine
  • Drabblecast
  • The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
  • Escape Pod
  • Flash Pulp

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

Brief Description: 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 Ballad of Iron Percy
  • Cobalt City Adventures Unlimited
  • The Doctor Who Podcast
  • Redline Theatre
  • Tuesday Terror

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

Brief Description: 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).

  • The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
  • Pendant Backstage
  • PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
  • This Week in Pendant
  • Tuning in to SciFi TV

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

Brief Description: News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of speculative fiction. (e.g. Anime, Gaming, General Spec Fic)

  • Geek Out With Mainframe
  • PodCulture
  • Scifi Diner
  • StarShipSofa
  • WhatTheCast

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

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

  • Adventures in Scifi Publishing
  • Fullcast Podcast
  • Get Published
  • I Should Be Writing
  • Podcast Teardown

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

Brief Description: Podcasts that explore the facts that influence the fictions – the science, history, culture, and mythology that inspire these stories.

  • Astronomy Cast
  • Planetary Radio
  • Skepticality
  • The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
  • Skeptoid

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

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

  • comedy4cast
  • Dragon*ConTV
  • Geologic Podcast
  • Requiem of the Outcast
  • Technorama

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

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

  • The Funny Music Podcast
  • The GeekSpin
  • Radio Free Hipster
  • Renaissance Festival Podcast

Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast (Trial Category for 2011)

Brief Description: Podcasts produced and performed by youth

  • Aaron’s World
  • Princess Scientist’s Book Club

One thought on “FINALISTS: 2011 Parsec Awards”

  1. It’s nice to see a Doctor Who presence in the contest, especially since most other fanbases have disappeared because of their timely nature.  Also, I want to give kudos to all of the independent producers who are on the list.  It’s always great to see their creativity being supported. 

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