Winners for the 2005 Production Year
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MARK TIME AND OGLE AWARDS FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION AUDIO
Awards presented at CONvergence, Friday, July 7, 2006.
Sheraton South Hotel, Bloomington, MN.
The Tenth 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 7th, 2006.
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 Shelly novel. The Mark Time/Ogle Awards are the only awards given in this country that are solely for audio theater.
The winners of the Mark Time Science Fiction Audio and Ogle Fantasy Audio Awards for the production year 2005.
Anne Manx on Amazonia
Radio Repertory Company of America
Angelo Panetta, producer. Written by Larry Weiner.
Continuing the Anne Manx series, starring Claudia Christian, and featuring Barbara Harris.
The succession to the Amazonian throne is just cloned from the Queen, thus avoiding all manner of complications. But the first clone is imperfect so they try again. The first clone survives and returns to use the cloning machine to repair herself.
Steve the Second
CBC Radio A & E
Joe Mahoney, producer. Written by Matt Watts.
After Steve, the Great Hero is blown up, a new hero steps forth, the son of Steve, known as Steve the Second. An utterly silly send-up of heroic fiction.
HONORABLE MENTION –
Richard Sellers, producer. Written by T. Ray Gordon.
During the Terraforming of Mars there are forces who don't wish it go as planned, and many wish to turn the plan to their own advantage. The beautiful Strawberry Automatic finds herself caught up in the intrigue. One advantage she has is that she isn't human, but was built as a deadly killing machine, and she finds her skills are necessary here.
GOLD – Tie
The Confessions of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde
Willamette Radio Workshop
Sam A. Mowry, producer. Written by William S. Gregory.
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a scientist overtaken by his own experiments and diverted into madness. Performed by the accomplished Willamette Radio Workshop.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Colonial Radio Theatre On the Air
Jerry Robbins, producer/writer.
The well-known story by Washington Irving of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Performed by the prolific and historically oriented Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air.
A Long Vacation
Birke Duncan, producer. Written by Garrett Vance & Birke Duncan.
A unique and wispy love story set in Japan. Produced by a Folklorist who specializes in ghost stories.
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, Yuri Rasovsky, and Dirks Maggs.
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 2005 Mark Time and Ogle Awards were:
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