Winners for the 2003 Production Year
| MARK TIME AWARD | SF AUDIO HALL OF FAME | ENTRY FORM | LIST OF AWARD WINNERS | PHOTOS OF THE 2003 WINNERS |
MARK TIME AND OGLE AWARDS FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION AUDIO
Awards presented at Convergence, Friday, July 2, 2004.
Sheraton South Hotel, Bloomington, MN.
The Eighth Annual Mark Time Awards for the Best Audio Science Fiction of the Year were presented at the CONvergence Science Fiction Convention at the Sheraton Hotel South in Bloomington, MN on July 2nd, 2004.
Jerry Stearns, producer of the Mark Time Awards presentation, says "We're always gratified when so many of the winners are able to attend the convention to accept their awards in person." Stearns says, "Two of the winning production groups are from Oregon, and one other moved to Minnesota from Oregon recently. Must be something about the climate in the Northwest that encourages good science fiction audio up there."
"The Mark Time/Ogle Awards are the only awards given in this country that are solely for audio theater," says David Ossman, founding member of the Firesign Theatre comedy troup and creator of the Mark Time character. "These shows represent a wide variety of production styles and sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy. They sound great."
The Mark Time Award is named after the character created by the Firesign Theatre in the 1970s. The Ogle Award is named for Charles Ogle, who played the Frankenstein monster in Thomas Editon's 1910 film of the Mary Shelley novel.
The winners of the Mark Time Science Fiction Audio and Ogle Fantasy Audio Awards for the production year 2003.
(See photo below.)
David Ossman, Richard Fish and Jerry Stearns created the Mark Time Award in conjunction with Minicon, the Minnesota Science Fiction Society's annual convention for 1997. Now they are sponsored by MISFITS, the Minnesota Society For Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Tom Lopez of ZBS was the first presenter. The Ogle Award for Fantasy & Horror audio productions was added in 1999. Each year a Gold and Silver award are given in each genre. Grand Master Awards have also been presented to Douglas Adams (creator of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), and long time audio producers Tom Lopez and Yuri Rasovsky.
David Ossman described the genre at the first awards ceremony this way: "The best special effects are the ones inside your head. The best aliens are the ones that only you can see, and you only see them in your own mind. [Science fiction is] one of the largest genres in the whole world of audio publishing anyway, mostly because people love to listen to it. It's movies in your mind."
You can find more information about the CONvergence convention on-line at http://www.convergence-con.org/.
ConVergence is a project of MISFITS, the Minnesota Society For Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Judges for the 2003 Mark Time and Ogle Awards were:
Mark Time & Ogle Award Winners for 2003
BACK ROW: David Ossman, Jerry Stearns, Cindy Mowry, Sam A Mowry, Marc Rose, Jeffrey Adams, Renee Wilson.
FRONT ROW: Steve Wilson, Christian Wilson, Scott Farquahar, Cindy Woods, Ethan Wilson.
Click photo to see larger view.
Photos of all the Awards Ceremony
(Photo by Peter Verrant at CONvergence 2004.)
Questions & Comments to
Updated July 5, 2004.