The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 18


Is Laze Fitzgerald really the legendary Fair Liza, the Angel of the Unity Movement?  Turner is trapped in a cave with the evidence.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 18 (10.5 minutes, 8 MB)


Mark Time Award Winners 2013

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Yes, it’s finally that time of year again, to announce the winners of the Mark Time Awards for Science Fiction Audio Theater, and the Ogle Awards for Fantasy/Horror Audio Theater. After seventeen years, still the ONLY awards given solely for audio theater, anywhere in the world. These are the winners for the 2013 Production Year.


Mark Time Award


GOLD
The Truth: Biological Clock
The Truth
Written by Ira Gamerman
Produced by Jonathan Mitchell
New York, NY
www.thetruthpodcast.com

SILVER
Alone in the Night
Electric Vicuna Productions
Written & Produced by Jack Ward
Halifax, Nova Scotia
www.evicuna.com


Ogle Award


GOLD
The Legend of Springheel’d Jack
Wireless Theatre Company
Written by Gareth Parker, Robert Valentine
Producers, Robert Valentine, Gareth Parker, Mariele Runacre-Temple
London, England
www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk

SILVER
The Perhapanauts: Monsters Among Us
AudioComics Company
Written by Todd DeZago, w/Elaine Lee
Produced by William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, Elaine Lee
Bellingham, WA
audiocomicscompany.com

There’s a lot of audio theater out there on the web. I tell people there’s probably more audio theater being made now than there was during the heyday, the Golden Age of Radio. Maybe that’s true. Maybe it isn’t. It’s certainly true that there’s a bigger variety of works available now. Science fiction and Fantasy are a very large percentage of what’s new in audio drama, partly because it lends itself so well to the medium.

We would like to thank the Geek Partnership Society (GPS) for their generous sponsorship for a dozen years or so, and thank CONvergence for their support in giving us a stage to present the awards and a chance to spread the word that there’s a lot of good audio stories out there. Please give it a listen.

The Mark Time Radio Show


Great Northern Audio has presented the Mark Time Radio Show each year of the Mark Time Awards - though they are related by name, they are really separate events. We have another coming for CONvergence this year, as well. Keep an ear out for Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph, coming this summer.

Also this summer, Decoder Ring Theatre has taken six of our Mark Time Shows and reproduced them in their own grand manner for the Summer Showcase series of Mark Time Show Time. Check those out, too. They are really fun, if I do say so myself.

However, after this year we will be giving up our place on the schedule of CONvergence. This will be our last dangerous Mark Time Radio Show. It is time for us to move into new ventures and other efforts dear to our hearts. We thank all of you for listening to these shows. We will have new and more ambitious works to come, so keep checking back here for those.

We are also hanging up our stewardship of the beloved Mark Time Awards. It has been a great honor to keep them running since their inception. We have given the reins back to the owners of the character of Mark Time. We don’t know what will happen to them, but we certainly hope they continue - I would love to keep being a judge. I have loved listening to the hundreds of entries all these years. I’ve learned a lot. And if we have encouraged some of you to try to make your audio theater better, then we have succeeded in what we set out to do. We encourage you to keep making great SF audio, and to keep sending it to us here at Great Northern. Jerry still has a radio show to broadcast them on (Sound Affects: A Radio Playground on KFAI), and he’s always looking for new material. We’d love to hear what you think about all this. Comments can be sent through Facebook and Twitter.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 17


The Somerset, Kentucky Irregulars (and we're talking irregular) believe that they have cornered Fair Liza in a cave in the hills.  Turner is hoping to get there first.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 17 (18 minutes, 13 MB)


Decoder Ring Theatre Reprises Mark Time

Decoder Ring Theatre’s Summer Showcase Carries On Peter Galaxy


Peter Galaxy, Interstellar Envoy

Decoder Ring Theatre is proud to present Mark Time Show Time, a Showcase series celebrating scripts originally written for live performance by Great Northern Audio, in conjunction with the awards ceremony of the Mark Time and Ogle Awards.

This Week: Peter Galaxy, Interstellar Envoy


We are so pleased to be able to hear what some other people do with the story we wrote for a Mark Time Radio Show. Originally it featured David Ossman of the Firesign Theatre, and Michael Sheard, a popular Brit who appeared in Star Wars and Dr. Who.

They have planned six of these Mark Time scripts, so be sure to head over to
Decoder Ring Theatre every couple of weeks this Spring for a reprise of silly sci-fi. You can find more about each one on its own page on this site.


The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 16


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 16


A song about Fair Liza, The Saint of Reunification.  Liza waited quietly by the side of the road and would not let them take that orphan boy.   “Fair Liza lay in wait and she smote them.” But what does that mean? Fair Liza and the song seem to have a basis in the recent history of the Sundered States.

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 16 (15 minutes, 10.4 MB)


Great Northern on Facebook & Twitter!

Yes, it’s true!


The Great Northern Audio Theatre is finally on Facebook and Twitter. We had to bring on Kris Markman, our new Director of Communications and Media, to do it since none of the rest of us even thought to look.

Great Northern on Facebook Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greatnorthaud

Great Northern on Twitter Twitter: https://twitter.com/greatnorthaud

We’ll be posting about Great Northern activities, the annual Mark Time Awards, and other stuff from the Audio Theater community. So get over there and Face us, or whatever it is you do.

Speaking of community: Feeling a little under the weather? We recommend just a single bottle of Rosenblat's Native Restive Oil and Elixir. Listen to a brand new piece called, Common Side Effects, starring Barbara Rosenblat and Sande Sherr, written by Barbara R. and Brian Price for VoiceScapes Audio Theater.



The Recollections of Turner Ashbey

Turner Ashbey, Chapter 15


T_Ashbey_Chapter 12

Writer, historian and former ambassador to the Great State of Colorado, Turner Ashbey looks back at his life including his on and off again relationship with resistance leader, Laze Fitzgerald.  

Chapter 15


History has changed.  Maps have changed. The tides have changed.  Turner and his friends enter the Realm of Kentucky and Turner ends up working for the Duke of Lexington's daughter.  

The Recollections of Turner Ashbey, Chapter 15 (18.5 minutes, 13.4 MB)


Mark Time Radio Show Sales Event at ZBS

Mark Time Sales Event at ZBS
Yes, the Mark Time Radio Shows are all ON SALE at ZBS. So if you didn’t get them before, NOW is your chance! Highest quality audio download available anywhere - all at 320 kbps.

Our digital warehouse space is limited and all Mark Time Bundles downloads have been slashed and must go:

Did we say? MARK TIME FIRESIGN THEATRE GUEST BUNDLE - was $39.42, that´s crazy, now $34.95.

The MARK TIME GUEST STAR BUNDLE - was $19.42 now a ridiculously low $14.95.

and The COMPLETE MARK TIME RADIO SHOW COMPLETE BUNDLE - (was $59.42) -- 15 years of science fiction satire and lunacy performed on a live stage in front of a live audience for just $52.95. That includes 14 shows plus a number of audio shorts.

Here´s what some of Mark Time´s favorite professional guest performers have had to say:

"The collection of CDs you guys have done over the years at the Con embody some of my favorite live performances (and the few opportunities to play in other writers´ work!)"
-- David Ossman (Firesign Theatre)

"The most fun I´ve had in 20 years."
-- Michael Sheard (Dr. Who, The Empire Strikes Back)

"I´m not putting that bucket on my head."
-- Wally Wingert (The Tonight Show)

"That´s it. I don´t want to play the dwarf anymore."
-- Cyber Bob (Cyber Bob and Silicon Kid)

"You can´t have two Scotsmen in the same play. It´s just not done."
-- Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre, Rugrats)

"It´s ok, Philip. I´m sure they´ll do better the next time."
-- Melinda Peterson (Cagney and Lacey, MacGiver, JAG)

"Look, really, the dinosaurs aren´t mine."
-- George Leroy Tirebiter (High School Madness)

Yeah, we do make them available for sale, but all of these have been on many peoples’ podcasts for years, so it’s not like they aren’t out there to find. This is just the high-quality audio files with a CD cover PDF file included.


While we’re on the subject of ZBS, we’re broadcasting their latest Jack Flanders story, Dreams of Tiffany Blue, on Sound Affects: A Radio Playground on KFAI community radio. It’s January 5 and 12, 2014. If you missed one, they’re kept in the archive on the KFAI website for two weeks.

AND, a wonderful ZBS series called Saratoga Springs is being made available for listening by the online news-site, Saratoga Wire, along with a nice writeup about Tom Lopez, the talent behind everything ZBS.


And finally, all the Mark Time Radio Show CDs are available at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, in Minneapolis, including the latest ones - Jokes in Space with VIllains on Parade, and Thwack That Dirigible with SpaceGirl, which aren’t available on CD anywhere else. CDs specially made for Uncle’s.