Parsec Call for Nominations

The Parsec Awards, given for excellence in science fiction podcasting, are open for nominations. The award was founded in 2005 and is presented annually at Dragon*Con. Nominations in 15 categories are open until May 31.

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Parsec Award Winners

The winners for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been announced. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form): “Now Cydonia,” by Rick Kennett
  • 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
  • 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, and 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 and 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

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Brown In as Reviews Editor at Amazing

Steve Davidson has announced that Rick Brown will be taking over the new post as reviews editor for Amazing Stories. Davidson relaunched the world’s first science fiction magazine as an on-line zine earlier this year after buying the rights to the name a couple of years ago.

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Parsec Nominees

The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “Fiends: Mimes,” by Paul Elard Cooley
  • “Final Girl Theory,” by A.C. Wise
  • “Fires in the Snow,” by Starla Huchton
  • “Now Cydonia,” by Rick Kennett
  • “Royal Offworld Navy,” by Alexa Chipman
  • “Silence: A Fable,” by Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Jeffrey Gardner

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

  • “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

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Diary of Jill Woodbine, by Jay Smith
  • 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

  • “Alek and Elizabeth and the End of the World,” by Michael Grey
  • “Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” by Tori Truslow
  • “Harlan’s Wake,” written by John Mierau, produced by Brian Lincoln
  • “A Janitor’s Territory,” by Birke Duncan
  • “The Road To Utopia Plain,” by Rick Kennett

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “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
  • “The Pendant Shakespeare,” by Pendant Productions

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • 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

  • 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, and Jim Batt

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • StoryForward, by J.C. Hutchins and 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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Rabe Resigns

Jean Rabe has resigned as the editor of SFWA Bulletin. Rabe joined the Bulletin as its business manager during Russell Davis’s tenure and was promoted to editor after John Scalzi was elected president. Her resignation comes on the heels of a series of controversies concerning content of four consecutive issues. Even before Rabe resigned, Scalzi announced the formation of a task force to look at the Bulletin‘s content and purpose.

Obituary: Jerry Wright

Editor Jerry Wright (b.1946) died on May 9 after a battle with cancer. Wright was one of the founding editors and publishers of the webzine Bewildering Stories in 2002. Wright has written poetry and reviews in addition to publishing Bewildering Stories.

Eclipse Online Closes

Night Shade Books has announced that it will be closing their magazine Eclipse Online effective immediately. All stories in inventory are being released. The online version of Strahan’s anthology series was launched in October 2012 and included stories by Christopher Rowe, Eleanor Arnason, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lavie Tidhar, Susan Palwick, and E. Lily Yu. According to the publisher, all stories have been paid for and no new ones will be considered.

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Dozois Joins Clarkesworld

Neil Clarke has announced that Gardner Dozois has joined Clarkesworld magazine as reprint editor. Dozois, who edited Asimov’s Science Fiction for twenty years and a best of year anthology for nearly thirty, will select two reprint stories from the last forty years to appear in each issue of Clarkesworld, beginning with the April issue.

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Amazing Blog Goes Live

Steve Davidson has announced that the blog for Amazing Stories went live on January 21. The blog has gone live with a handful of articles written by just a few of the more than 50 authors Davidson has brought on-board, including posts by Monique Jacob, Keith West, and John M Whalen. Future posts will include works by Mike Brotherton, Michael A. Burstein, Paul Cook, Jane Frank, Barry Malzberg, Felicity Savage, Steven H Silver, Leah Zeldes, and many more.

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Galaxy’s Edge Announced

Arc Manor has announced the launch of on-line magazine Galaxy’s Edge, scheduled for March 1, 2013. The magazine, which is edited by Mike Resnick, will include a mix of new and reprint stories, as well as serials. It will be available for free on-line, with paper copies available through Amazon and B&N and downloadable versions for a low price. The magazine will be published every other month and include columns from Barry Malzberg, Paul Cook, and Horace Cocroft.

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