Parsec Awards

So the Seanachai (I guess I could just say ‘I’) won two Parsec Awards this weekend. It’s somehow fitting that it was Labor Day weekend. Because if there’s one thing a podcast requires it labor. And it’s very nice to get recognition for that labor.
The Seanachai was nominated in four categories and won in two. Best Long Fiction for How to Succeed in Evil. And Best Non-speculative fiction for Death of Dishwasher.
You can see the field and the other winners here.
One of the biggest difficulties with listening to podcasts is finding good ones. And all the podcasts in the running were vetted by a panel of judges. They’re good. So if you’re looking for something to tide you over until the next Seanachai, they’re worth your while to check out. The ones I haven’t listened are absolutely on my list.
And while I’m pontificating on awards, let me just say this. It’s important not to take them too seriously. It’s wonderful to get recognition. But they are just somebody else’s opinion. And they are subject to all the whims and capriciousness of the rest of human existence.
To put this phenomenon in perspective, check out this list from the 1941 Academy Awards.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Orson Welles
Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
Perry FergusonVan Nest Polglase
A. Roland Fields
Darrell Silvera
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Gregg Toland
Best Director
Orson Welles
Best Film Editing
Robert Wise
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture
Bernard Herrmann
Best Picture
Orson Welles
Best Sound, Recording
John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)
Citizen Kane, the film that many pick as the greatest of all time, didn’t win a single one of these awards. Not one. The only Oscar that it garnered was for Best Screenplay.
Connect the dots as you like, but that’s how I try to put award shows in the proper perspective.

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8 replies on “Parsec Awards”

  1. Pat-

    Congrats on your well-deserved Parsec wins.

    I was just wondering if you were going to make another attempt at being at Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend. Would love to see you and your comics there getting some more exposure.

    -NBG (Pattie)

  2. Brilliant !!
    Congratulations not only on your 2 wins but SIX Nominations (sure 3 were for the same award but you won that one)

    Keep up the brilliant work

  3. Sarah took the line I was saving for you (good job, Sarah!)… well-deserved awards for you Patrick. Thanks for being so nice to the local guy introducing himself to you. You, like every other podcaster I met at Dragon*Con, are the definition of ‘good people.’ I’m still amazed at the events of last weekend.

    …of course, I did buy your How to Succeed package, so maybe you felt obligated. Hmmm. 🙂

  4. Thank you, PG!
    I dont think i got to meet you, but yes, podcasters are “good people.” i love ’em. Like one big family.. yep yep… too bad i dont have a big back yard, i’d invite everyone over for a sunday bbq…

    and yesh, Mr. McLean, you definately deserved them.

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