Since 2006, the Parsec Awards have recognized outstanding work by talented podcasters in the speculative fiction realm. Presented every year at a ceremony during Dragon*Con in Atlanta, the Parsecs honor achievements in short and long fiction podcasting, audio dramas, music, news, and anthology podcasts. Previous winners include such luminaries as Mur Lafferty, Scott Sigler, Tee Morris, James Durham, and Christiana Ellis. The rest of us are barely worthy to carry their USB cables.
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Parsec Awards, which means that anyone who is a fan of a certain show (or, ahem, a certain podcast novel) can nominate it for consideration. So, if any of you feel so inclined as to nominate Purgatory for the Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form) category, far be it from me to stop you. And while it would be entirely beneath me to remind you that you can submit nominations on the Parsec Awards Web site (or by sending an e-mail) any time between now and June 1, I understand other more shameless podcasters are doing just that. Personally, I find that to be undignified. (Incidentally, have you noticed that Parsec and Purgatory both start with the letter P? Just sayin’.)
Remaining above the fray while shopping for a tux,