September 2, 2013
Parsec Award Won By Hubblecast For Best ‘Fact Behind the Fiction’ Podcast
The Hubblecast, ESA/Hubble's video podcast series, has been awarded a Parsec Award for best "Fact Behind the Fiction" podcast series. From a final shortlist of 5, an international panel of judges considered the Hubblecast to best portray the facts — including the science, history, culture, and mythology — that influence and inspire speculative fiction podcasting.Exploring Hubble's discoveries, stunning images, complex topics within astronomy, the future of the space telescope and more, the Hubblecast releases 10 episodes annually and maintains an exceptionally high standard of visual and audio production. It was previously recognized for its excellence in 2011 by the MEDEA awards (ann1123), when a panel of judges "highly commended" the series for its innovation and good practice in the use of media in education.
The Parsec Awards were established in 2006 by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, and Tracy Hickman to celebrate speculative fiction podcasting. Fans can nominate their favourite podcast shows, and a committee chooses the finalists. An independent judging panel then votes upon those finalists. Awards are given in several categories, ranging from content to audio quality.
Nominations for the award took place earlier this year, the finalists were announced in July, and the final prizewinning ceremony took place on 31 August at Dragon*Con, the world's largest science fiction and fantasy convention, in Atlanta, USA.
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