Monday, September 1, 2008

Parsecs and Podcast Peers

In conventional terms, parsec is a hybrid of the words parallax and second. According to Wikipedia:

The parsec ("parallax of one arcsecond", symbol pc) is a unit of length, equal to just over 30 trillion kilometres, or about 3.3 light years. The parsec is used in astronomy, and its length is defined as the distance from the sun at which two imaginary lines—one projected from the Earth, and one projected from the sun at a right angle to a third line connecting the Earth and the sun—intersect in space at an angle of 1 arcsecond.

However, Parsec in the world of portable media is an award given to standouts in the speculative fiction podcasting community. Now in their third year, the Parsecs were named at Dragon*Con at an event emceed by Mur Lafferty and John Cmar.

Special congratulations to Scott Sigler for "Red Man" in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form); Mur Lafferty for two wins: "Playing For Keeps" in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) and "Heaven - Season Four: Wasteland" as Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form); Christiana Ellis for "Space Casey" in Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form including Independents); and Tee Morris for "Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword" in Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents). Congratulations, as well, to the rest of the estimable winners of the Parsecs.

Thanks to this year's steering committee for all their hard work: Doug Kress from Slice of Trivia at Slice of SciFi, Kristin Mayo of Food Geeking; Thomas Vincent from Wingin' It 3-D.

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The Podcast Peer Awards recognize excellence in podcasting and are in their fifth year and also announce winners at Dragon*Con. These Awards are nominated and voted upon by their membership.

I'm pleased to say that the Geologic Podcast has won Best Comedy Podcast. I extend huge congratulations to George Hrab for all his amazingly creative work and sincere thanks to the membership of the Podcast Peer organization.

I also want to congratulate the fabulous J.C. Hutchins for winning Best Podcast Novel for 7th Son, Book Three: DESTRUCTION; Derek and Swoopy for all the fantastic work they do on Skepticality which won for Best Science Podcast; Christiana Ellis of Christiana's Shallow Thoughts for Best Short Podcast; and the rest of the winners on the Podcast Peer roster.


J.C. Hutchins said...

Thanks for the love, Ms. Information. While I was totally robbed for Best Novel at the Parsecs (I'll get you, Lafferty!!!!), it was an honor to receive the Podcast Peer award. Thanks for the endless support, my goddess. :)


Skepticality said...

Really wish you could have made it! :)

sparky said...

since gravity bends light, it'd bend imaginary lines also

dig that! gravity can bend your imagination. gravity; that's some serious shit!