Dragon Award Update

You are all used to my habits now and you all know that one of my favourite topics for posts is non-news about the Dragon Award. In a major step forward for the Dragons, they appear to have forgotten to tell everybody who won. You can find out from Twitter threads or File 770 http://file770.com/2021-dragon-awards/ but the official website is still telling people how to vote in the ballot.

In the past the Media Relations team of Dragon Con have done a press release and if you hop over to their page https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations/ you can read their most recent press release on the winners…from 2020 where you can read that John Scalzi wins Best Science Fiction Novel.

They do a little better on Facebook where Andy Weir is confirmed as this year’s winner but not the other categories https://www.facebook.com/DragonConMedia/posts/10159846783288881

Enough non-news. In some actual Dragon Award news, Jason Sanford’s Genre Grapevine is claiming there were issues with the voting this year.

“Despite what that message said, I have verified a number of new registrants in the final weeks of voting did not receive their ballots on those indicated days. Instead, these people waited weeks after registration before their ballot finally arrived on Saturday, September 4, the very last day of voting. Some of the new registrants saw their ballot in time to vote. A number of others did not and missed out.”

https://www.patreon.com/posts/55877748

Sanford also quotes two of the world’s leading experts on the Dragon Awards.

ETA: Since this post went up, the Dragon Award website has been updated with the winners.

Dragon Awards 2015! Sorry…Dragon Awards 2021!

The sum total per year of my moaning about the Dragon Award has decreased but it remains a frustrating thing to follow. Consider this, the following day from the announcement, the Dragon Award website doesn’t list the winners yet and the press release from Dragon Con Media Relations is still about the 2020 award https://web.archive.org/web/20210906184551/https://www.dragoncon.org/mediarelations/ Even Larry Correia doesn’t have a post about on his blog! And here are the official Dragon Con social media account Tweets on the award:

This year’s winners were a mix of the predictable to the good. The good being T.Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon who scored wins in both YA and Horror. http://file770.com/2021-dragon-awards/

However, what really struck me about this year’s winners, including the estimable Red Wombat, was that if I’d gone to sleep at the end of 2015 and had not woken up again until the Dragon Award winners were announced, I’d feel like nothing much had changed. Correia, Butcher, Flint, Gannon but also Andy Weir and Ursula Vernon (as two people pushed off the Hugo ballot by Puppy antics) were all significant names in the events of 2015.

Now, the Hugos have their own tendency towards favouring past winners, Best Novel this year may well go to a past winner, but it would be weird for this to occur across multiple categories. No, I’m not saying any one of these winners is bad because they were around six years ago, just that, as a whole, this points to the Dragons still being stuck in the past.

In the ultimate irony, one of the few works to win, whose title or author wouldn’t be instantly recognised by the time-traveller from 2015 was the Netflix movie The Old Guard.

Fact-checking really old comments on other people’s blogs long after the fact

…And then posting it here because this blog is just where things fall out of my head like one of those sci-fi junkyard planets.

So from 2016, I saw was a puppy supporter saying Larry Correia was outselling N.K.Jemisin by a huge margin. Given the state of information about book sales that is a tough claim to substantiate, particularly across all the books both authors have written. However, it occurred to me that there was a relevant like-for-like (ish) comparison that could be made. Both Correia and Jemisin published book 1 of a fantasy series in 2015: Correia’s Son of the Black Sword (listed as October 15, 2015 on Amazon) and N.K.Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (listed as August 4, 2015 on Amazon). One won a Dragon Award and the other won a Hugo Award.

How are they doing now after all the hurly-burly has been done?

FormatSon of the Black Sword The Fifth Season
Kindle #93,992 in Kindle Store#61,922 in Kindle Store
Audio#4,937 in Audible Books & Originals#21,721 in Audible Books & Originals 
Hardcover #229,997 in Booksn/a
Paperback #422,057 in Books#4,698 in Books
Ratings7837,538

Correia is no slouch when it comes to sales and it looks like his book is doing better in audio than Jemisin’s. Otherwise, it’s no contest.

Ah yes but MAYBE that’s just because of evil SJW publishing media hype and people bought The Fifth Season because of virtue signalling etc blah blah something??!? So, do people keep reading? Both books had sequels but here the comparison isn’t quite as like-for-like due to different publishing dates.

FormatHouse of AssassinsThe Obelisk Gate
Kindle#173,022 in Kindle Store#55,910 in Kindle Store
Audio#48,055 in Audible Books & Originals#21,992 in Audible Books & Originals
Hardcover#363,766 in Booksn/a
Paperback#310,581 in Books#11,716 in Books 
Rating5324,011

It’s not really a contest is it?

For completeness:

FormatDestroyer of WorldsThe Stone Sky
Kindle144,452 in Kindle Store  #64,908 in Kindle Store
Audio9,041 in Audible Books & Originals#69,932 in Audible Books & Originals
Hardcover327,341 in Booksn/a
Paperback183,721 in Books #20,940 in Books
Rating9843,892

A bit of an audiobook advantage for Correia again but no, much to everybody’s surprise a hugely successful, critically acclaimed, groundbreaking (lol) modern classic of the genre is somehow outselling a relatively obscure cookie-cutter epic fantasy from a publisher with a narrow audience and limited reach.

Some Dragon Award 2021 Finalist Stats

I’m still working through classifying the finalists by publisher but I have done a preliminary classification by pronouns. As always, I’m not doing the TV/Movie or game categories. I am including the comics/graphic novel for some stats.

I believe with the pronoun counts only Grant Morrison is currently using “they/them”. If people are aware of other finalists who are using they/them or something other than she/her|he/him then let me know — I’ve checked but sources are often out of date [*corrections below]. In a couple of years, some works in the graphic categories only listed “various” for authors, hence “group” is a pronoun category.

This is the percentage break down over the years:

Yeargrouphe/himshe/herthey/them
20161.33%78.67%20.00%
20171.11%81.11%17.78%
201879.45%20.55%
201970.15%29.85%
202072.60%27.40%
202167.14%30.0%2.86%
Grand Total0.45%75.22%24.11%0.22%
Books and graphic works

Looking at only the book categories:

Yearhe/himshe/herthey/them
201675.00%25.00%
201779.31%20.69%
201875.51%24.49%
201965.96%34.04%
202058.14%41.86%
202163.83%34.04%2.13%
Grand Total70.21%29.45%0.34&
Books

Actually, despite my first impression, 2020 was a better balance than this year.

This is also true of the two “headline” awards (Best SF & Best Fantasy) which are the easiest categories to compare with other awards:

Yearhe/himshe/her
201678.95%21.05%
201780.00%20.00%
201890.48%9.52%
201963.16%36.84%
202036.84%63.16%
202153.85%46.15%
Grand Total68.97%31.03%
Best Science Fiction and Best Fantasy

2018 was the most he-authory year. I think this matches with my impression of the awards as being 2016-2018 an award focused on the backlash to the 2015 Hugos, 2019 as a transitional year (broader choice of finalists but very juvenile-houndish winners) and 2020 shifting away.


Pronoun update: Hannah Abigail Clarke’s pronoun’s updated to they/them.

Dragon Awards 2021

Phew! Glad I got that Debarkle chapter done in time.

The ballot has just landed in my inbox. Looks suspiciously readable…Declan won’t be happy but the MilSF is more your classic Dragon Award. I’ve not crunched the numbers but the gender split looks better. Two Red Wombats? Space Sweepers!

1. Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow
  • Machine by Elizabeth Bear
  • A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  • Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  • Dead Lies Dreaming by Charles Stross
  • Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira by Lou Diamond Phillips
  • A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
  • The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

  • Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown
  • Orders of Battle by Marko Kloos
  • Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio
  • Fleet Elements by Walter Jon Williams
  • Direct Fire by Rick Partlow
  • Sentenced to War by J.N. Chaney, Jonathan Brazee

5. Best Alternate History Novel

  • Daggers in Darkness by S.M. Stirling
  • The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris
  • Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis
  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
  • The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 1637: No Peace Beyond The Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon

6. Best Media Tie-In Novel

  • MacGyver: Meltdown by Eric Kelley, Lee Zlotoff
  • Penitent by Dan Abnett
  • Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule
  • Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon
  • Shadows Rising World of Warcraft: Shadowlands by Madeleine Roux
  • Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy by Timothy Zahn

7. Best Horror Novel

  • The Taxidermist’s Lover by Polly Hall
  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
  • Synchronicity by Michaelbrent Collings
  • True Story: A Novel by Kate Reed Petty
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

8. Best Comic Book

  • Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
  • X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
  • Invisible Kingdom by G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward
  • Once & Future by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto

9. Best Graphic Novel

  • Pulp by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips
  • Dracula, Motherf**ker by Alex de Campi, Erica Henderson
  • The Book Tour by Andi Watson
  • The Green Lantern Season Two by Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
  • The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges,
  • Pius Bak The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Shadow & Bone, Netflix
  • The Expanse, Amazon
  • WandaVision, Disney+
  • Star Trek: Discovery, Paramount+
  • The Nevers, HBO
  • Resident Alien, SYFY
  • Loki, Disney+

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Tenet by Christopher Nolan
  • Justice League by Zack Snyder
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music by Dean Parisot
  • Space Sweepers by Sung-hee Jo
  • Godzilla vs Kong by Adam Wingard
  • The Old Guard by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Wonder Woman 1984 by Patty Jenkins

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Ubisoft
  • Star Wars: Squadrons, Electronic Arts
  • Hades, Supergiant Games
  • Ghost of Tsushima, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Crusader Kings III, Paradox Interactive
  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt

13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

  • South of the Circle, State of Play Games
  • Genshin Impact, miHoYo
  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Ustwo & Plug in Digital
  • Empire of Sin, Paradox Interactive
  • Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells, Zynga
  • Orwell’s Animal Farm, The Dairymen Ltd.

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

  • Pandemc: Legacy Season 0, Z-Man Games
  • Sleeping Gods, Red Raven Games
  • Dune: Imperium, Dire Wolf Games
  • Curious Cargo, Capstone Games
  • Oceans, North Star Games
  • Marvel United, CMON Games

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

  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game, Cubicle 7
  • Magic: The Gathering, Zendikar Rising, Wizards of the Coast
  • Pokemon TCG: Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box, Pokemon Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, Wizards of the Coast
  • Magic: The Gathering, Strixhaven: School of Mages, Wizards of the Coast
  • Cyberpunk RED, R. Talsorian Games

OK I forgot about the Dragon Awards

…I hope the Red Panda Fraction forgives me! I intended to vote but the deadline zipped by and before you know it, it’s the last day of July already!

So how are things looking for the Dragon Awards? Last year, after the normal shambolic start, the Dragons took some steps to better promote themselves including new blog content with interviews with past finalists and a program with libraries to promote the selected books. The winners and nominees skewed the most mainstream they ever have been for the Dragons, except for the MilSF and Alternate History categories which were closer to the kind of works the Dragons usually pick.

This year? Overall, less shambolic in announcing the opening and closing of the nomination phase on time. The annual ‘we forgot to update the rules, so the link does work’ https://application.dragoncon.net/dragon_awards_terms_conditions.php competition has though, managed to surpass all previous years in being delayed. As everybody who nominates has to agree to the rules, I think a pedant can claim that all the nominations are invalid or maybe that all nominations ARE valid? In reality, the official rules never made much sense and shed little light on how the Dragon Awards actually run.

After John Scalzi winning a Dragon Award last year, many former Puppies were very cross. The pandemic and the absence of an in-person DragonCon were blamed for the mainstream turn in the Dragons, as well as right-leaning fans being poorly organized. Since then there has been a more concerted effort to get people in the puppyspehere to participate. This was mainly led by Declan Finn who so very, very much wants a Dragon Award that if I could I’d steal one and give it to him — this is a bad psychological trait I have and it’s why I end up feeding seagulls. The not-quite-moribund Superversive site also tried to do an award recommendation page. There was some nominal promotion of the awards by Larry Correia but he likewise seems to have forgotten to promote them just before the closing date (too busy moaning about Mark Zuckerberg and Mike Glyer — or Mike Zuckerberg and Mark Glyer as I originally typed).

Our musteloidean allies once again maintained a handy-dandy Google sheet of eligible works https://bit.ly/3x6Zchm which was both a worthy effort but also demonstrates the extra effort needed to work out eligibility for the Dragon Awards. Red Panda remains the most coordinated effort to get people involved in the Dragons and it is nice to see that an open, non-partisan effort is what has staying power.

That doesn’t mean the culture war stuff has gone entirely. Declan Finn over on the alt-Facebook platform MeWe did try to spur Monster Hunter fans into action by citing not only “File 770” as a vague enemy but also the added menace of Red Panda:

That generated 12 likes and 5 comments, so I don’t think he managed to inspire an angry horde or Dragon nominators. Quite how Red Panda Fraction’s activity is “ballot stuffing” is anybody’s guess.

Where does that leave things?

I think there’s more attention being paid this year than last year but there are no focused efforts. The Baen’s Bar controversy at the beginning of the year and subsequent disinvitation of Toni Weisskopf as a Guest of Honour for this year’s Worldcon also may have inspired some fans of Baen to renew their attention towards the Dragons. However, without a coordinated and focused effort by major names (e.g. Larry Correia or Vox Day) the impact of that attention at the nomination stage is likely to be nebulous.

Of course, my (unproven) working assumption is that votes at the nomination stage are treated as suggestions by the award admins and that they make the final picks but really, who knows? As I think Greg Hullender pointed out, the least effort approach on the Dragon Award admins part is that they go with what gets the most nominations.

We’ll find out what go nominated soon enough :).

About three months to the Dragon Award 2021 finalists

I’m behind on all sorts of regular topics but I want to keep an eye on the Dragon Awards because I always have. It’s a thing. Last year, the awards did a mainstream pivot and also improved some aspects of the website including more articles. The awards themselves collaborated with the Fulton County Library System to encourage readers. Will that direction continue?

One reason it might not is the January 2021 kerfuffle over the boogaloo-like content at Baen’s Bar and the subsequent disinvintation of Baen chief editor and publisher Toni Weiskopff as Guest of Honour at this years Worldcon. Baen (and specifically Eric Flint) have had an undefined relationship with the Dragons and also many Baen fans saw the Dragons when they started in 2016 as an antidote to the supposedly Baen unfriendly Hugo Awards.

What has happened since? There was an uptick in Dragon Award chatter in January and February. Superversive SF produced a crowd-sourced list of books http://www.superversivesf.com/?p=1755 which notes those books that are Dragon Award eligible. Declan Finn, as always, has been promoting his suggestions for the Dragon Awards but in a few more places (eg on some sites on MeWe). What there isn’t is much of a focused campaign from others I can see since. This may all pick up again in June or early July. (or it might not matter if the organisers mainly pick the finalists, which may or may not be the case)

The Dragon Award website is more up to date than it is usually. Some of the existing inconsistencies are still there (e.g. qualifying books as ‘at least 70,000 words’ versus ‘about 70,000 words’ but as nobody is checking and there’s no appeal it sort of doesn’t matter) and once again the link to the ‘rules’ (that you have to agree to when you nominate) doesn’t take you to the rules (an older version is here https://web.archive.org/web/20191013213140/https://application.dragoncon.net/dragon_awards_terms_conditions.php )

In short, we will see.

A Superversive eligibility list

I’ve not seen anybody try to do this on the right-hand lane of fandom for awhile. L Jagi Lamplighter is compiling a great big list of 2020 SFF works on the Superversive blog. Sensibly she is keeping it low-tech. People put suggestions in the comments and then periodically she’ll update the list on the blog. The intent is to help people find books but also provide some suggestions for the Dragon Award.

Anyway, for anybody looking to do any Dragon Award number crunching, it might be of interest: http://www.superversivesf.com/?p=1755

Debarkle: Draft outline

Coming this month (and probably for most of the year) is “Debarkle”, a history of the Puppy Kerfuffle of 2015, the events that preceded it, the political context and how it presaged events in US politics that followed it.

What follows is the draft section and chapter order. Naturally, what will actually happen is something different from this but this is the outline I’m working to.

Roughly it is in chronological order but with various chapters flashing forward or flashing backwards to keep themes together. External politics events are also a key part of this story, some of which will get their own chapters but in other cases they will be referenced in more fannish chapters to give context and establish time periods. Sadly, a lot of those external political events are violent ones but they are ones relevant to the times and also the discussions and the political atmosphere.

There are some special recurring chapters:

  • Dramatis Personae: these chapters look at backstories to some recurring names or groups in the story. I’ve tried to keep these to a minimum but if I find that I’m writing longer paragraphs about the background to given person, I may split that off into an extra one of these. Generally, they’ll cover the ‘story so far’ up to that point. So, John Scalzi and Vox Day (and maybe the Nielsen Hayden’s) get early chapters before the opening act of this http://nielsenhayden.com/electrolite/archives/006122.html. So these chapters don’t all end up in section 1, many people will appear in the main narrative before they get one of these chapters but with a briefer introduction.
  • Meanwhile: these chapters cover things away from the main Puppy story but which, again, would otherwise become long intruding paragraphs of context. An obvious example is RaceFail 2009, which involved no puppies but did involve notable people in fandom. Likewise, a discussion of the 2015 Hugo awards can’t avoid discussion of RequiresHate and the Mixon report. You can skip these if you want to stick to the main plot. Part 6, covering 2020, is all Meanwhile.
  • Some book reviews: With the Hugosauriad I was pleased with how the two chapters looking at If You Were a Dinosaur My Love and the right-wing reaction to it worked out. The Debarkle is about many things but one of those things is stories. Currently these reviews will include Monster Hunter International, Redshirts, Ancillary Justice and the Broken Earth Trilogy, as well as some selected shorter fiction.

Speaking of the Hugosauriad, because that project contains chapters on Rachel Swirsky’s story and on Chuck Tingle, neither will get their own chapter in Debarkle. Obviously, both will get discussed but the longer coverage is in the Hugosauriad.

Currently, the plan is 6 sections.

  1. Beginnings 1880 to 2010. All the background and setting the scene.
  2. 2011 to 2014. This covers the SFWA conflicts and the first two Sad Puppy campaigns but also looks at Gamergate.
  3. 2015. This section is the most chronological and most chapters cover events in a given month up to the smoky skies of Sasquan. “Phew!” we all say in August, “Looks like we defeated fascism for good this time!” and Donald Trump enters stage right.
  4. 2016-2017. Two parallel stories – the political story with the alt-right and Donald Trump and also the story of how the Puppy campaigns fizzled out. SP4, the non-event of SP5, the Dragon Awards and how Larry finally gets his participation prize.
  5. 2018-2019. Follows the political story with some delves back into fandom. Specifically this is the politics of Sad and Rabid versions of the right in the age of Trump. The crappiest gate aka ‘Comicsgate’ will get a look in, as will the 2019 Nebulas, as ‘compare and contrast’ with the Puppy campaigns.
  6. Meanwhile 2020: Aside from an initial dive into the RWA’s meltdown, this section looks at the hell year in terms of the perspectives of the Puppy Protagonists. Dominating it are three major elements of the year, Qanon (particularly with Vox Day), Covid (Sarah Hoyt) and ‘Stop the Steal’ (Larry Correia but also Day and Hoyt).

Section 3 (i.e. the actual plot) is likely to blow-out. Three sections of aftermath may look like a lot but as the main thesis of the project is that the themes and cognitive style of the “crazy” behaviour of the US right in 2020 were already overt and apparent in 2015, just at a different scale and context. Note, the thesis isn’t that the Puppies caused later events (they are all minor bit players in bigger story, if that) but rather that the same underlying cultures and attitudes on the right that erupted as the Puppies in fandom, later erupted at a bigger scale (and at greater human cost) in US politics. Sections won’t be of equal length.

As always, suggestions, comments etc are welcome but it will also end up being whatever gets written at the time!

  • Intro: Jan 6 2021
  • Part 1: Beginnings 1880 to 2010
    A short history of the Hugo Awards 1953 to 2000
    Dramatis Personae 1: John Scalzi
    Dramatis Personae 2: Theodore Beale
    Tor, Baen and Amazon 1990 -2011
    Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America 1965 to 2010
    March 1, 2005: Electrolyte
    Dramatis Personae 3: Larry Correia
    2007: Monster Hunter International
    Meanwhile: Barack Obama
    Meanwhile: Racefail 2009
    2010 Hugos and the SFWA
  • Part 2: 2011 to 2014
    2011: Larry Goes to Worldcon
    2012-13: The Day-Scalzi Feud
    Meanwhile: Mitt Romney
    2013 “How to get Correia nominated for a Hugo”
    2013: Redshirts
    Dramatis Personae 4: N.K.Jemisin
    2013: Trouble at the SFWA
    Dramatis Personae 5: Sarah Hoyt and the Mad Geniuses
    Opera Vita Aeterna
    2014: Sad Puppies 2
    2014: Ancillary Justice
    2014: Vox Gets the Boot
    Dramatis Personae 6: John C wright and the Evil League of Evil
    Dramatis Personae 7: George R R Martin
    2014: The Hugos go to London
    Meanwhile: Requires Hate
    Meanwhile: GamerGate
    Dramatis Personae 8: Brad Torgersen
  • Part 3: 2015
    January: Announcing SAD PUPPIES 3!
    February: Rabid Puppies 2015
    March: Warnings
    April Part 1: TSHTF
    April Part 2: Hugos Hit the News
    Dramatis Personae 9: Mike Glyer and File 770
    May: Planning Ahead
    E Pluribus Hugo
    June Part 1: The Tor Boycott
    Totaled
    June Part 2: The Human Toll
    July: Crescendo
    August: Sasquan
    September-December: Taking Stock
    Meanwhile: Donald Trump
  • Part 4: Fall of the Puppies 2016-2017
    The Broken Earth Trilogy
    Quarter 1 2016 Part 1: Sad Puppies 4
    Quarter 1 2016 Part 2: Rabid Puppies
    Meanwhile: The Rise of the Alt Right
    Dramatis Personae 10: Jon Del Arroz
    Enter the Dragon
    Quarter 2: Reactions
    Meanwhile: GOP goes Trump
    August: Midamericon
    September: Dragon Awards 2016
    Meanwhile: Me Too
    Meanwhile: President Donald Trump
    The Sad Demise of SP5
    Rabid Puppies 2017
    Worldcon 75 – Finland
  • Part 5: The Trump Years 2018-2019
    Overview
    Comicsgate
    Meanwhile: Qanon
    Changing fortunes at the Dragon Awards
    Meanwhile: Black Lives Matter
    Gender at the Hugo Awards
    Meanwhile: 20booksto50 and the Nebulas
    Dramatis Personae: Mixed Fortunes
    The Hugos and the Campbell Legacy
  • Part 6: Meanwhile 2020
    Trouble in Romance
    Covid 19
    Black Lives Matter
    US Presidential Election
    “Stop the Steal”
  • Conclusion: Reality and the Imagination

Bonus! Here is a Rabid version of the cover art.

Dragon Awards 2021

Usually my Dragon Award coverage is about how nobody knows what is going on because the website is broken and/or contradictory. Currently that’s not the case. Nominations opened on time last November and that’s what the site says and the links work. Well, most of the links work. To nominate you have to agree to the rules but the link to the rules just takes you back to main page. You can read the 2020 rules here https://web.archive.org/web/20200414172023/http://application.dragoncon.net/dragon_awards_terms_conditions.php

We also have our first Dragon Award list of the year, from who else but Declan Finn! Unfortunately Declan is somewhat disenchanted with the whole business of asking people to discuss the Dragons:

“But I am no longer going to ask for more suggestions. I’m not even going to try for a discussion this year. Why? Because every time I’ve done this, no one WANTS a discussion. Almost everyone who comes by drops a link in the comments going ME ME ME, and disappears.”

http://www.declanfinn.com/2021/01/emerging-dragons.html

I can see how that might be annoying. Imagine people using award discussions just as a means to self-promote! What kind of person would do that? It must be terrible for Declan to have to endure that.