Dragon Awards Tomorrow

According to the program, the Second Annual Dragon Awards Presentation is 1 pm Sunday Atlanta time (3 am Monday in Sydney). Presenting will be G. Gerard (I assume that’s Buck Rogers), Eric Flint, Larry Correia and Bill Fawcett.

Below is a guide to which books have been pushed by which factions. NOTE: endorsement by a given faction of a given book isn’t symmetric – it doesn’t make the author aligned with that faction (in some cases the opposite is true). Note also that some factions nominated one work but have endorsed a different one for voting. Lastly, Inkshares isn’t a faction as such.

Best Science Fiction Novel
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
Death’s End by Cixin Liu <|| Red Panda
Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli <|| Declan Finn <|| HF nom
Rise by Brian Guthrie <|| Inkshares
Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards <|| Inkshares
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi <|| Red Panda
The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier <|| Declan Finn <|| Happy Frogs

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day <|| CH <||Rabid nom <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Beast Master by Shayne Silvers
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter <|| Red Panda
Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo <|| Declan Finn
The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta
Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas <|| Red Panda
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Firebrand by A.J. Hartley
It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett <|| Inkshares
Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter <|| Declan Finn <|| HF nom
Swan Knight’s Son by John C Wright <|| CH <||Rabid nom <|| Declan Finn <|| Happy Frogs
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Allies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy <|| Red Panda
Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon
Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey <|| Declan Finn
Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes
Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox
Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz <|| Declan Finn <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke <|| CH <||Rabid nom
The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico

Best Alternate History Novel
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint <|| Declan Finn
A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry
Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli <|| Declan Finn <|| Happy Frogs
Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove <|| Declan Finn
No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah <|| CH <||Rabid nom
The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville <|| Red Panda
Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler

Best Apocalyptic Novel
A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
American War by Omar El Akkad <|| Red Panda
Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz <|| Declan Finn
The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz <|| Inkshares
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes

Best Horror Novel
A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau <|| Inkshares
Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten <|| Declan Finn
Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga
Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn <|| Declan Finn <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers
The Changeling by Victor LaValle <|| Red Panda

Best Comic Book
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda <|| Red Panda
Motor Girl by Terry Moore <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa
Saga by Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples
The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis

Best Graphic Novel
Clive Barker Nightbreed #3 by Marc Andreyko, Clive Barker, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Girl Genius: the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, Book 2: The City of Lightning by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez <|| Happy Frogs
Love is Love by Marc Andreyko, Sarah Gaydos, James S. Rich
March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris <|| Red Panda
Stuck in My Head by J.R. Mounts

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Doctor Who, BBC
Lucifer, Fox
Marvel’s Agents of Shield, ABC
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1 <|| Rabid nom
Stranger Things, Netflix <|| Red Panda
The Expanse, Syfy
Westworld, HBO
Wynonna Earp, Syfy

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve <|| Red Panda
Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn
Logan directed by James Mangold  <|| Rabid nom
Passengers directed by Morten Tyldum <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards
Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios
Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix <|| Happy Frogs <|| HF nom
Mass Effect: Andromeda by Bioware <|| Red Panda
NieR: Automata by PlatinumGames
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo
Titanfall 2 by Respawn Entertainment

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Con Man: The Game by Monkey Strength Productions
Fire Emblem Heroes by Nintendo
Monument Valley 2 by Ustwogames <|| Red Panda
Pokemon GO by Niantic <|| Happy Frogs
Sky Dancer by Pine Entertainment
Super Mario Run by Nintendo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk by Avalon Hill
Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games  <|| Rabid nom
Hero Realms by White Wizard Games <|| Happy Frogs
Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games
Scythe by Stonemaier Games
Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games <|| Red Panda

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
A Shadow Across the Galaxy X-Wing Wave X by Fantasy Flight Games
Bloodborne: The Card Game by CMON Limited
Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games  <|| Rabid nom
Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon by Wizards of the Coast
Pulp Cthulhu by Chaosium <|| Red Panda
Star Wars: Destiny by Fantasy Flight Games <|| Happy Frogs

13 thoughts on “Dragon Awards Tomorrow

  1. Of more credible interest, the Eugie Foster Award gets given out this evening at DC.

    I wonder what winners would show the fans/popular choice aim has been met. Chambers/Liu/Corey/Scalzi are all credible choices in SF, maybe Corey is the front runner? Might split their vote though, so a slate win there might not tell us that much
    Oddly I reckon Monster Hunter is actually the biggest name in the fantasy category, and shouldn’t need Declan to pump it up, so a win for Larry won’t tell us much either way.
    Sarah Maas should crush the opposition in YA if ordinary DC fans have turned out – she’s a massive name and genuinely good to boot. (I borrowed my daughter’s copy!) I reckon YA is a good litmus test.
    In alt-hist Mieville might be the biggest name, but as alt-history veterans Flint or Turtledove could well be in with a shout. Maybe Cato as well. With Mieville, Flint and Turtledove getting boosted I’m not sure this category will tell us much. (Although if Mieville does win I’ll be fetching the popcorn)
    Mil SF all seems fairly even tbh, no really blockbuster names. The possible exception is BV Larson who is a successful self-pubber, but the rabid support for his sharecrop with our friend DVD muddies the water. Possibly a litmus test for the other end of the spectrum – if e.g. Flint or Gannon win through without slating support then the DC fans have really turned out.

    I think YA is the key one to watch – if the Wright household beats out Maas then we’ll know exactly where the balance of voting power sits at the moment.


    1. In fantasy, Faith Hunter and Pippa DaCosta are also highly popular names, though they don’t appeal to the same crowd as Correia and Ringo. Still, both Correia and Ringo have big fanbases, even if I don’t get their appeal, so I agree that a Correia/Ringo win wouldn’t tell us much.

      In YA, Rick Riordan is also a very popular author, though his readership skews younger than that of Sarah J. Maas. A win by either Maas or Riordan or even A.J. Hartley and Claudia Grey would be plausible. The Wrights beating such heavy-hitters is not. So in short, I agree with you that YA is the clearest litmus test here for the amount of slate involvement.


      1. The face-off between Maas and Riordan is interesting, because they represent the two visions of YA – Maas is YA in the stricter sense, Riordan is YA in the more generous sense in which it encompasses much of the historic Older Children’s range. (Note that this award is strictly for YA and Middle Grade – though the fact that everyone happily calls it a YA award shows that the broad use of the term has become well-established. Riordan regularly wins the GoodReads award for Middle Grade and Children’s, not for YA or YA Fantasy.)


  2. I had to read what the red pandas were and at this rate there are going to be more animal groups represented than the Ursa Major Awards.

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  3. But what about TOR? Surely everyone knows that TOR (publisher of Ann Leckie etc.) is one of the main factions contending for SF awards.


  4. Our red panda friends are live tweeting the results – looks like an alt marketing fail. (And I was wrong on Maas!)


      1. Mike has the results now http://file770.com/?p=37418

        The novel categories:

        Best Science Fiction Novel – Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

        Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal) – Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo

        Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel – The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

        Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel – Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox

        Best Alternate History Novel – Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove

        Best Apocalyptic Novel – Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

        Best Horror Novel – The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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      2. Where are people coming up with this 140,000 number? It isn’t in the File 770 post, only in a couple of random comments I’ve seen at three different sites now. Did the Dragon Admins tweet this out, or announce it at the awards, or what? I have to say I’m skeptical, as they reported 8000 final votes (a huge drop from 140,000), but I suppose most anything is possible!


      3. Twitter hashtag for dragon awards, Dawn Witzke was live tweeting.

        Sci fi James SA Corey
        Apocalyptic Cory Doctorow
        Fantasy John Ringo and Larry Correia
        YA Ricky Riordan
        Alt History Harry Turtledove
        Horror won by LaValle
        Mil SF Richard Fox
        Console Game Zelda
        Cell phone game Pokemon Go
        Board Game Betrayal at House on the Hill
        Miniatures/Card Magic the Gathering
        Graphic Novel Dresden Files
        Comic book Dresden Files
        TV show Stranger Things
        Movie Wonder Woman

        Oddly enough for an awards that encourage voting campaigns, most of the winners won without needing a campaign.

        140,000 nominations.


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