This past Thursday, it turns out, was the day the 2012 Parsec Awards were announced. Now if you have never heard of the Parsecs, donâ€™t sweat it â€” youâ€™re about to get schooled on one of the most prestigious awards in podcasting and Science Fiction.The Parsec Awards, now in their seventh year, is awarded to podcasts featuring Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Whether it is fiction, fan news, or even geek-a-licious music, the Parsec Awards celebrates the best in speculative fiction and do so as part of the wild ride that is Dragon*Con.
(Pictured here is the 2011 Parsec brought home by Technorama. Good on ya, guys!)
Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve been up for a Parsec. In 2008Â Billibub Baddings and The Case of the Singing Sword won that year for Best Audio Drama (Long Form), although you could argue last year I was in the Parsec Run as Tales from the Archives gained a nod for Best Short Story with â€œThe Astonishing Amulet of Amenartasâ€ by Nathan Lowell.
Nah. Pip and I produced that episode. â€œThe Astonishing Amulet of Amenartasâ€Â was all Nathan, and more of a nice feather in the cap for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.
Now weâ€™re up to this yearâ€™s Parsecs. I was chatting with Veronica Giguere when the announcements went live. I know this because she started chuckling and then said, â€œIâ€™m laughing about the Parsecs, and about you in the Parsecs.â€
Iâ€™ll say it againâ€¦
Holy Hanna on a hotplate!
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
- â€œA Ruby in Rainâ€ by Grant Stone (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
- â€œDarkest Before Darkwaterâ€ by Tee Morris (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
- â€œNightâ€™s Plutonian Shoreâ€ by Jack Mangan (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
- â€œPrecarious Childâ€ by Pip Ballantine (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
- â€œSins of the Fatherâ€ by Tee Morris (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
Yes, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences shut out the Short Story category.
Stunned. Thatâ€™s what I am. Completely and utterly stunned. I was ready to walk away from this Parsec Awards with my head held high, but the Ministry, Pip, and yours truly, popped up elsewhere.
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast
- â€œBeachcombingâ€ by Ray Cluley (fromÂ The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
- â€œFrom Paris, with Regretâ€ by Starla Hutchton (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
- The Guild of The Cowry Catchers, Book 3: AshesÂ by Abigail Hilton
- â€œDream Engineâ€ by Tim Pratt (fromÂ Journey Into)
- â€œThe Sevenâ€ by P.C. Haring (fromÂ The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine
- The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
- The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Tales from the Archives, Vol.1
- Toasted Cake
Hold onâ€¦one moreâ€¦
Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
- The Dead Robots Society
- Pendragon Variety Podcast
- The Roundtable Podcast
- The Shared Desk
- Writing Excuses
Oh yeah, and Pip and I were asked to be presenters this year.
Soâ€¦yeahâ€¦itâ€™s a crazy year at the 2012 Parsec Awards.
To everyone in the Final Round, congratulations. Yes, itâ€™s great bringing home the trophy, but seriously â€” youâ€™ve already won. Youâ€™re in the Winnersâ€™ Circle as far as I am concerned, and itâ€™s a nice place to be. To those of you in the categories where weâ€™re nominated, itâ€™s a real pleasure to share company with you. And to the talented authors of the Tales from the Archives, Pip and I are so proud that you all have made our podcast an award-winner. Thank you. The best of luck to everyone!
And finally, yes, I have made a promise on Facebook and Iâ€™ll make it here â€” if The Shared Desk pulls off a miracle win, Crazy Uncle Charlie will make an acceptance speech.