Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dragon Awards Voting is Open!

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.


  1. Thank you for your support!

    Dragon Con's attendance is at least an order of magnitude larger than Worldcon's. I don't see any reason to think that the voting numbers won't exhibit the same proportions, do you?

  2. I AM ecstatic :) Thanks for the kind words.