It is with great pleasure that I announce that my fan audio drama, Star Wars – Codename: Starkeeper, has been accepted as a finalist in the 2009 Parsec Awards!
The Parsec Awards were founded by Podcaster and Author Mur Lafferty, Podcaster and President/COO of Farpoint Media, Michael R. Mennenga, and New York Times Bestselling Author and creator of the Dragonlance series of novels, Tracy Hickman. The Parsec Awards are dedicated to rewarding excellence in various aspects of Speculative Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror) Podcasting. The categories range from serialized audiobooks (called podiobooks or podcast novels), to fan-produced audio dramas, to podcasts devoted to covering films, TV shows and books in the arena of Speculative Fiction. The Parsecs are awarded during a ceremony at Dragon*Con, America’s largest multi-media and popular arts convention, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.
Star Wars – Codename: Starkeeper, already a winner of Six Star Wars Fanworks Fan Audio Awards, is now poised to achieve likely the single greatest honor in podcasting: to be recognized for excellence by my peers in the field. I am already honored to be included in such august company as:
- Dave Frizzell of Necropolis Studio Productions, producer of Age of the Zombies
- Jeffrey Bridges of Pendant Audio, producer of The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater
- Mark Kalita, star and “Lord High Hooligans” of Dr Who – Broken Sea
- Grant Baciocco of the always amazing The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
These are my competitors and colleagues in the Best Audio Drama Short Form category.
Codename: Starkeeper is the first Star Wars fan audio drama to be so recognized, as it is part of a grouping of productions that receives little fanfare in today’s media. Star Wars Fan Films are recognized annually by the Atom Films Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge, even so far as having a “George Lucas Selects” award. Star Wars Fan Audio, on the other hand, has so far lived in anonymity.
First and foremost, thanks go out to Joe Harrison, without whom even the thought of producing an audio drama like this would have been laughable. I could never have found the time nor the energy to create such perfect soundscapes for this production.
Secondly, the amazing cast: Steve Saylor, Philippa Ballantine, Chris Dickey, Chris Walker, Andrew Gilbertson, Silas Carder and Joe Harrison all delivered perfect performances as their respective characters. Of course it was fantastic to have cameos from people like Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Rich Sigfrit, Tee Morris, P.G. Holyfield, Chris Lester, Nathan P. Butler and so many others.
Thirdly a special thanks to Nathan P. Butler, creator of the Star Wars Timeline, and founder of Star Wars Fanworks, a community of Star Wars fans and creative people with a common interest in exploring Star Wars fan fiction through audio.