The Parsec Awards is an annual event recognizing the best podcast productions in speculative fiction. Podcasts are nominated by their fans. The finalists are selected by a steering committee. These finalists are voted on by an independent group of judges. There are several categories ranging from best speculative fiction to best speculative fiction comedy/parody. Each year the awards ceremonies takes place at the largest multi-media, popular culture convention, Dragon*Con.
Needless to say, it does take some funding for all this to happen. That is where the auction comes in. Each item in the auction was donated to help offset some of these operating costs. So, if you love listening to podcasts and would like to support the recognition of some of the best speculative fiction podcasts out there, please think about participating in this event. There's only about a day and a half left, so hurry up and make those bids!
This year I donated my Gorgalthumper stuffed animal. As of this writing, it has one bid. Plus! Free shipping! Really, you can't go wrong.
There are also a handful of other wonderful donations, such as this lovely print of the space shuttle launching (among others) by Laura Burns. There are no bids yet, but you'd better hurry up. Something like this probably won't last much longer. Not only will you be helping out the Parsec's, but you'll be getting some pretty nice items to boot!