Winners for the
2001 Production Year
The Mark Time Award is given each year to honor the
Year's Best Science Fiction Audio Production on the Planet.
The Ogle Award is for Best Fantasy/Horror Audio Production of the
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The American Society for Science Fiction Audio
announces the Society's awards for the 2001 production year.
The "Mark Time Award" is given to the best science fiction
audio production of the year, and the "Ogle Award" for best
Horror/Fantasy audio production. (The "Ogle" is named after Charles
Ogle, who played the role of Frankenstein's Monster in Thomas
Edison's 1910 film version of the classic tale.) This year's winners
really are an international array.
- The Gold Mark Time is a tie. We
received two entries that were equally outstanding, but very
different in their production and style. One Gold Award goes to
"Who's Afraid of Rotwang
Krell", one of a six-episode series -
Big Big Space - performed live for RTE, Irish National
Radio. It is an hilarious take-off on Star Trek Voyager, with the
crew running into very outlandish characters in suitably silly
places. "The Zombies of Dr. Krell" episodes are about Dr. Krell
and his wife, Gubnait, and the Doctor's research to build a
teenage fractal son. Find out more at the website of
Dog Audio Theatre.
- The other Gold Mark Time is awarded to
Ear Theatre, an on-line audio theater
service of the SciFi Channel. Based on the original story by
Octavia Butler, it is produced by Brian Smith, with sound design
by John Colluci, and featuring the voices of Alfre Woodard, Ruby
Dee and Lynn Whitfield.
- The Silver Mark Time goes to
"This Pointless Thing Called
Life", from Alan
Marshall and Sylvia Lozeva, of Access
Radio in Wellington, New Zealand. This four-part series follows
the lives and times of two young philosophers as they explore the
universe, talking to aliens about "The Meaning of Life". The
narrator is constantly interrupted by robo-actors bent on telling
the story themselves. The program has also been nominated for five
New Zealand radio and science fiction awards.
- The Gold Ogle Award this year goes to
"Snow Glass Apples",
produced by Brian Smith for Seeing
Ear Theatre, a service of the Sci-Fi
Channel. The script by Neil Gaiman, is a very different take on
the Snow White tale. It features the voice of Bebe Neuwirth
- The Silver Ogle Award is given to
Experience". Written by Scott Southard, and
produced by Joel Pierson for Mind's
Ear Audio Productions. The complete
tale is ten 20-minute episodes telling a considerably modern
version of Dante's visit to Hell. (The judging was based
on the first three episodes.)
The Awards ceremony took place July 5, 2002 at
2002, a Minnesota Science Fiction
Convention sponsored by MISFITS, the Minnesota Society for Interest
in Science Fiction and Fantasy. ASFSFA wishes to thank MISFITS and
CONvergence for their support of the Mark Time Awards.
Judges for the 2001 Mark Time and Ogle
- Tom Fuller - Head writer, Atlanta Radio
- Kris Markman - University of Texas
- Brian Price - National Audio Theatre
- Philip Proctor - The Firesign
- Jerry Stearns - Great Northern Audio
Questions & Comments to Jerry
Stearns at email@example.com.
Updated July 8, 2002.