Yes, DragonCon has announced the shortlists for the inaugural Dragon Awards. Firstly, I would like to congratulate those nominated.
Now, as to my voting:
Best Science Fiction Novel: Somewhither by John C. Wright
Honestly, nobody else is even close. Gannon isn't bad, but Wright knocked this one way out of the park.
Best Fantasy Novel: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
Butcher and Freer might be close, but Larry had the best fantasy novel.
Best YA: Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
I haven't read Freer yet, and I need to work him into my reading schedule. Sanderson's good, but his dealings with Tor are moving him out slowly.
Mil SFF: Hell's Foundation by David Weber
Like it's even close. Scalzi has declined the nomination, supposedly to keep a promise that his 2015 work wouldn't get an award. I see two options: 1. He didn't write most of it himself. 2. He wants to spare himself the embarrassment that Weber's fans will give him.
Alt History: Bombs Away: the Hot War by Harry Turtledove
Another that likely won't be close. Williamson's Long Time Until Now might have had a chance.
Apocalyptic: Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole
Marina did good work, and should be ecstatic with her nomination. She earned it, but I think Nick did the better book.
Horror: Souldancer by Brian Niemeier
Likely my hardest choice. Two guys I like that put out excellent novels, and I gotta go with Brian over Declan Finn's Honor at Stake. Sorry my friend, but Vox is right, you're screwed here. By the way, congratulations.
Comic Book: Astro City
It's this or Saga, and Astro City is the most creative mainstream style hero book out there.
Graphic Novel: Sandman: Overture
And I thought earlier categories were blowout choices.
TV Series: The Flash
Lots of decent choices, it'll be interesting.
Movie: Captain America: Civil War
Star Wars will win, but hey.
PC/Console: no opinion
Mobile: Fallout Shelter
Boardgame: Talon by GMT Games
Why is Monopoly Cthulu here? and how on earth is Codenames SFF?
Other tabletop game: Mousguard
I thought there was supposed to be an e in there, but that's what's on the ballot.
Again, this is a really good sign. I'm interested in the nominating numbers. Hopefully they'll put the Hugo stats to shame.
When you play Social Justice, the world loses.