Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Dragon Awards

It may be the 30th year of Dragon Con, but it's the first year of the Dragon Awards. Awards in the areas of sci-fi and fantasy by the fans, for the fans (just like everything else about Dragon Con which is why it's so good). You don't have to be a member or even attending. You just have to register your email address to be able to vote (to ensure that you aren't spam voting for Game of Thrones. Cheater). Registration for ballots ends on August 28th, but voting is open until September 1st. The link to register for a ballot can be found here, and for more information you can visit the official Dragon Awards website. The awards will be presented at 1pm on Sunday September 4th for those of you who will be there in person. Not to try and influence you or anything but George R.R. Martin even mentioned the awards in his blog:

I might also mention that there is a new award for SF and fantasy this year: the Dragon Awards, sponsored by Dragoncon, the big Atlanta media convention. Lots and lots of categories…So I applaud Dragoncon’s effort, and will be interested in how this all turns out.
Now stop writing in your blog, and get back to work on The Winds of Winter please! I have time to work on a blog because I'm not writing a novel that gagillions of people are getting increasingly anxious about. You sir, do not.

But seriously, this is pretty big in the world of Dragon Con, and it would be great to see a high participation rate lead to bigger and better awards ceremonies in the years to come. Basically, go do this. It's not like you have anything else to do while you wait for the app to be finished. Whether you're a book nerd, a gaming nerd, a comic nerd, or a TV/movie nerd there's something here for you to vote on here. Maybe you're all of the above and more, in which case you have no choice but to make your voice heard. We all fight over our favorites all the time anyway, why not make it count for something? Personally I'm really torn over some of these. Daredevil and Game of Thrones are very different. How can I possibly pick one over the other? Neil Gaiman is so wonderful. Can I stop myself from choosing him out of hand? Why aren't I caught up on Saga so I can make an informed decision? I enjoyed all of the nominated movies in different ways, for different reasons. What's a dork to do? And if these are the kinds of things I'm willing to agonize over is my life really as tough as I sometimes think it is? Probably not, but I'm still going to do some careful mulling over before I cast my votes.

The Nominees
  1. Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Agent of the Imperium by Marc Miller
  • The Life Engineered by J-F Dubeau
  • Raising Caine by Charles E. Gannon
  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwitheriing Realm by John C. Wright
  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  1. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
  • Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
  • Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi
  • Asteroid Made of Dragons by G. Derek Adams
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Blood Hound by James Osiris Baldwin
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
  • Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer
  1. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
  • Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde
  • Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer
  • Trix and the Faerie Queen by Alethea Kontis
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  1. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
  • The Price of Valor by Django Wexler
  • Chains of Command by Marko Kloos
  • Wrath of an Angry God: A Military Space Opera by Gibson Michaels
  • Allies and Enemies: Fallen by Amy J. Murphy
  • The End of All Things by John Scalzi
  • Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber
  • Blood in the Water by Taylor Anderson
  1. Best Alternate History Novel
  • Bombs Away: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
  • 1635: A Parcel of Rogues by Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis
  • 1636: The Cardinal Virtues by Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt
  • Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry
  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
  • Germanica by Robert Conroy
  1. Best Apocalyptic Novel
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Desert and the Blade by S.M. Stirling
  • A Time to Die by Mark Wandrey
  • Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
  • Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole
  • Dark Age by Felix O. Hartmann
  1. Best Horror Novel
  • An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel
  • Souldancer by Brian Niemeier
  • Honor at Stake by Declan Finn
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
  • Alice by Christina Henry
  • Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
  1. Best Comic Book
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Daredevil
  • Providence
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Saga
  • Astro City
  • Civil War II
  1. Best Graphic Novel
  • The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman
  • Chicago by Glenn Head
  • Virgil by Steve Orlando
  • Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
  • March: Book Two by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
  • The Expanse – Syfy
  • Game of Thrones – HBO
  • Daredevil – Netflix
  • Jessica Jones – Netflix
  • The Flash – CW
  • Doctor Who – BBC
  • Outlander – Starz
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Ant-Man
  • Crimson Peak
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
  • Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks
  • Undertale by Toby Fox
  • XCOM 2 by 2k Games
  • Metal Gear Solid V by Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
  • Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
  • Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks
  • Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes by Electronic Arts
  • PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist by Outerminds Inc.
  • Quaser One by Emre Taskin
  • Hyper Burner by Patrick Cook
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
  • Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games
  • Star Wars: Rebellion by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Blood Rage by Cool Mini or Not
  • Codenames by Vlaada Chvatil
  • Monopoly: CTHULHU by USAopoly
  • Talon by GMT Games
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
  • Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.
  • Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls by Flying Buffalo
  • Magic the Gathering: Shadows over Innistrad by Wizards of the Coast
  • Star Wars: Armada by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Mousguard 2nd Edition by David Petersen & Luke Crane
  • Magic the Gathering: Battle of Zendikar by Wizards of the Coast


Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+.

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