The Mark Time Awards

History of the Mark Time Awards

The Mark Time Awards


by David Ossman


The American Society For Science Fiction Audio was founded in 1996 by David Ossman, Jerry Stearns and Richard Fish. The trio met in April that year in Minneapolis for Minicon 31 and appeared together in “Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You,” a live radio-style performance of five short plays by Stearns, Ossman and Brian Price. (The cast also included the noted SF and Fantasy author, Jane Yolen.)

Ossman, a member of The Firesign Theatre and independent audio producer, actor and teacher, suggested to the others that the image of his radio character, “Mark Time,” (drawn by Bill Stout) could be used to salute the work of a new generation of writer/producers. Stearns, a long-time KFAI radio host, for many years a writer/producer of programs for the Minicon science-fiction conventions and an authority on SF audio, contributed his access to the Minicon stage and Twin Cities’ fandom in addition to writing and producing the event itself.
Many thanks to GPS, the Geek Partnership Society for their many years of support and encouragement of the Awards, and for their other activities in celebration of geek life.