Dragon Award Finalists

Analysis later – here are the nominees:

1. Best Science Fiction Novel

Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Rise by Brian Guthrie

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier

Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli

Death’s End by Cixin Liu

2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

The Hearthstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta

A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day

Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi

Beast Master by Shayne Silvers

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright

Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Firebrand by A.J. Hartley

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon

Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke

Aliies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy

The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico

Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox

Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes

Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey

Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz

5. Best Alternate History Novel

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah

Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler

A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry

1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint

Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove

6. Best Apocalyptic Novel

The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz

Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz

A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys

ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

American War by Omar El Akkad

7. Best Horror Novel

Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells

A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga

The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers

Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten

The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn

8. Best Comic Book

Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis

Motor Girl by Terry Moore

The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa

9. Best Graphic Novel

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Clive Barker Nightbreed #3 by Marc Andreyko, Clive Barker, Emmanuel Javier

March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin

Girl Genius: the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, Book 2: The City of Lightning by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio

Love is Love by Marc Andreyko, Sarah Gaydos, James S. Rich

Stuck in My Head by J.R. Mounts

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Doctor Who, BBC

Stranger Things, Netflix

Wynonna Earp, Syfy

Lucifer, Fox

Marvel’s Agents of Shield, ABC

Westworld, HBO

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1

The Expanse, Syfy

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Logan directed by James Mangold

Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins

Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve

Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards

Passengers directed by Morten Tyldum

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo

Titanfall 2 by Respawn Entertainment

Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix

Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios

NieR: Automata by PlatinumGames

Mass Effect: Andromeda by Bioware

13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Monument Valley 2 by Ustwogames

Super Mario Run by Nintendo

Con Man: The Game by Monkey Strength Productions

Pokemon GO by Niantic

Fire Emblem Heroes by Nintendo

Sky Dancer by Pine Entertainment

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Hero Realms by White Wizard Games

Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk by Avalon Hill

Scythe by Stonemaier Games

Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games

Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games

15. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

Star Wars: Destiny by Fantasy Flight Games

Pulp Cthulhu by Chaosium

A Shadow Across the Galaxy X-Wing Wave X by Fantasy Flight Games

Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon by Wizards of the Coast

Bloodborne: The Card Game by CMON Limited



  1. lunarg

    I do look forward to seeing your analysis. And I confess to a certain degree of bemusement that The Last Days of New Paris appears as a nominee in Alt-History. I nominated it, and so did my husband, but I would not expect it to have… Err… Much of a constituency? Not for any lack of quality; New Paris has all of Miéville’s usual vivid imagery combined with a disciplined plot. But it wasn’t marketed as Alt-History, and didn’t get that much buzz.

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    • Cora

      I find alternate history a strange choice for a separate category at the Dragons anyway, since it’s a fairly small subgenre compared e.g. to space opera or urban fantasy who don’t get separate categories.

      “The Last days of New Paris” definitely fits into this category, though it is somewhat underrated. I didn’t nominate it, but my alternate history nominee, Breath of Earth by Beth Cato, also made it. Coincidentally, the book that is conspicuuous by its absence in this category is Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, probably the most prominent recent alternate history. But then, Colson Whitehead already won the Pulitzer and the Clarke Award and may yet nab the Man Book Prize, so he really doesn’t need a Dragon Award.

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      • Mark

        A (probably irrelevant) data point: I was wandering around a Forbidden Planet earlier this week and the two sub-genres with specific shelves were Steampunk and Alt-History. MilSF was stuck in genpop, rather to my surprise.

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      • Andrew M

        I think it’s fair to treat AltHistory as a separate category, because it doesn’t fit neatly into either science fiction or fantasy. (Well, at least straightforward Turtledovian AH doesn’t, though of course you can have AH whose content is either science-fictional or fantastic.)

        I also see the point of a separate category for steampunk, because that’s a boundary-crossing thing: what makes it steampunk is the aesthetic, and the actual speculative content may be either science-fictional or fantastic (or alt-historical, I suppose), so sorting it by content would mean splitting it up, when obviously its fans would prefer it to be together.

        MilSF, on the other hand, is straightforwardly a subgenre of SF, so doesn’t actually need to be separated off. (As, I suppose, is space opera. Though I’m never sure what that is: if it just means stuff set in space I would think it’s too broad to really be considered a subgenre; if it’s more specific than that it’s not clear how you would define it.)

        Urban fantasy does seem to be a fairly well-established genre (despite the illogical nature of a distinction between ‘fantasy’ and ‘urban fantasy’), and they are in effect recognising its existence by specifying that fantasy includes paranormal. (‘Paranormal’ is the expression that Goodreads uses, and may overcome some worries about what exactly counts as urban.)

        So, if I were running the Dragons I think I would have Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, AH, Steampunk and Young People’s – the basis of distinction being distinctness and coherence as a genre, not size or importance.

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  3. David Langford

    Spare a thought for your readers — how about some layout in this list? You don’t have to do the full Mike Glyer colour-coding as at http://file770.com/?p=36736, but boldfacing the category titles and adding extra line space or something between sections would make this ever so much more readable.