Darkcargopants, 9 Sept 2011
One of the things that particularly struck me while attending the 2011 Parsec awards is how much emphasis the awards places on fostering new podcasts. In addition to awarding for the category of “Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster” (Cobalt City Adventures Unlimited) the Judges also award for the category of “Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast“. The best youth driven podcast has the requirement that the participants be 16 years or less at the time of ‘cast.
This year’s winner Aaron’s World blew that particular requirement out of the water. The artist in question is actually 7 years old (pants’ note: Aaron wanted me to know that he would be 8 in November) I snagged a few minutes of time with Aaron and Dad at the conclusion of the Parsec ceremonies and asked a few general interest questions. Aaron apparently spends roughly an hour of studio time to get the podcast recorded, but extensive research is required for each episode since Aaron is the creative genius behind this pop-science podcast. The series is planned as a 50 episode run spanning 3 seasons, episode 24 is getting ready to drop so stay tuned. I stopped by and sampled a few episodes (Episode 1: Allosaurus) and (Episode 16: Time). Dinosaurs are a recurring theme…not surprising given the target audience. I thought the episodes I listened to were well researched and factually interesting, even to my trivia muddled brain. Episode 16 was a cool little cast-driven episode talking about the scale of time and general human inability to understand large timescales. It also included the recurring character “Princess Scientist”. Dad and Aaron’s acceptance comments credited and thanked Princess Scientist for her contributions.
I’ve been trying to think, and I can’t remember anything from when I was 7-8 years old. Too many blows to the head probably. Perhaps I’ll just grab onto a little reflected starlight and pretend I was a national award winning science podcaster in my youth. ‘Cause that’s pretty freaking awesome.
I know Darkcargo needs a new camera (this is actually the trusty iPhone) but if you can’t find the 7 year old in this photo you need your eyes checked. That’s Dad beside aaron with the other attending Parsec Winners. Official Parsec Link.