Dragon Nominations Open

Nominations for the third annual Dragon Awards are being accepted. The Dragon Awards are presented annually at DragonCon and anyone with an e-mail address can nominate or vote for awards in a variety of categories. The nominating period, whcih covers books published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, is open until July 20, 2018.
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Hank Reinhardt Award

This year’s Hank Reinhardt Award was presented to Jennifer Liang. The Reinhardt Award is given out each year to a Georgian author, artist, or fan who has made outstanding contributions to the genre. Liang is the chair of JordanCon and serves at the Director of the High Fantasy Track at Dragon Con. She has also served as President of the Southern Fandom Confederation. The Award has been presented since 1990, when it was called the Georgia Fandom Award and given to Hank Reinhardt. The name was changed in 2009 to further honor Reinhardt, who died in 2007.

Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Award

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have won the third Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Award for their story “Wise Child,” presented by Baen Books and based on readers’ votes on the contents of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, edited by David Afsharirad. The winners were announced at the Baen Traveling Road Show held at Dragon Con. Lee and Miller will receive a plaque and a $500 prize.

DragonCon Injuries

Two women were injured when chairs were thrown from the upper stories of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis into the atrium during Dragon Con on September 3. Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel were both taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. McDaniel, whose injuries required two staples, credits her Loki costume head dress for saving her life. Amador, who was attending her first Dragon Con, was dressed as Jessica Rabbit.
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Dragon Awards

The second annual Dragon Awards were presented at Dragon Con.

  • 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
  • Best Comic Book: The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
  • Best Graphic Novel: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series: Stranger Things
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie: Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Pokemon GO
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon

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More Dragon Award Withdrawal

N.K. Jemisin has announced that she has asked to withdraw her novel, The Obelisk Gate from the Dragon Award ballot. Jemisin’s announcement comes on the heels of similar announcements by Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi. While the Dragon Awards initially stated they would not honor requests to withdraw works for consideration, they reversed their decision, caused Littlewood’s work to be withdrawn and Scalzi to allow his work to remain on the ballot.

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Dragon Award Ballot Change

After hearing criticism of their decision not to allow authors to withdraw their works from the ballot, the Dragon Awards have announced their decision to honor those requests. Alison Littlewood has removed her name from the ballot for her previously cited reasons. John Scalzi has elected to remain on the ballot to honor the Dragon Award’s decision and the fans who nominated him. Voters who have voted for Littlewood’s work will receive a new ballot. The deadline for voting has also been extended two days.
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Dragon Refuses Withdrawals

As reported previously Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have announced their decision to withdraw their works from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood has now posted a response from Pat Henry, Dragon Con’s President, refusing to remove her novel from the official ballot. Presumably, Scalzi has received a similar notification.
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Dragon Withdrawals

Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have each announced the withdrawal of their Dragon Award nominated works from the ballot. Littlewood has withdrawn her horror novel The Hidden People, stating ” it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome.” Scalzi has withdrawn his science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire because “other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured ‘us vs. them’ vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever.”

Ballot noting withdrawals…
Alison Littlewood’s Statement of Withdrawal…
John Scalzi’s Statement of Withdrawal…

Dragon Nominations

Dragon Con has announced the nominees for the second Dragon Awards. Anyone can register on their website to vote prior to the deadline. This year’s nominees appeared between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The winners will be announced at Dragon Con.

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
  • Escaping Infinity, by Richard Paolinelli
  • Rise, by Brian Guthrie
  • Space Tripping, by Patrick Edwards
  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi Withdrawn by author.
  • The Secret Kings, by Brian Niemeier

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

  • A Sea of Skulls, by Vox Day
  • Beast Master, by Shayne Silvers
  • Blood of the Earth, by Faith Hunter
  • Dangerous Ways, by R.R. Virdi
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • The Hearthstone 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
  • Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray
  • Firebrand, by A.J. Hartley
  • It’s All Fun and Games, by Dave Barrett
  • Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland, by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Swan Knight’s Son, by John C Wright
  • The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

  • Allies and Enemies: Exiles, by Amy J. Murphy
  • Caine’s Mutiny, by Charles E. Gannon
  • Cartwright’s Cavaliers, by Mark Wandrey
  • Invasion: Resistance, by J.F. Holmes
  • Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox
  • Star Realms: Rescue Run, by Jon Del Arrox
  • Starship Liberator, by B.V. Larson and David Van Dyke
  • The Span of Empire, by Eric Flint and David Carrico

Best Alternate History Novel

  • 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught, by Eric Flint
  • A Change in Crime, by D.R. Perry
  • Another Girl, Another Planet, by Lou Antonelli
  • Breath of Earth, by Beth Cato
  • Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove
  • No Gods, Only Daimons, by Kai Wai Cheah
  • The Last Days of New Paris, by China Mieville
  • Witchy Eye, by D.J. Butler

Best Apocalyptic Novel

  • A Place Outside the Wild, by Daniel Humphreys
  • American War, by Omar El Akkad
  • Codename: Unsub, by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Seventh Age: Dawn, by Rick Heinz
  • Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
  • ZK: Falling, by J.F. Holmes

Best Horror Novel

  • A God in the Shed, by J-F Dubeau
  • Blood of Invidia, by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten
  • Donn’s Hill, by Caryn Larrinaga
  • Live and Let Bite, by Declan Finn
  • Nothing Left to Lose, by Dan Wells
  • The Bleak December, by Kevin G. Summers
  • The Changeling, by Victor LaValle
  • The Hidden People, by Alison Littlewood Withdrawn by author.

Best Comic Book

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven, by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
  • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Motor Girl, by Terry Moore
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stuck in My Head, by J.R. Mounts

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Doctor Who
  • Lucifer
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
  • Stranger Things
  • The Expanse
  • Westworld
  • Wynonna Earp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn
  • Logan, directed by James Mangold
  • Passengers, directed by Morten Tyldum
  • 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
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda, by Bioware
  • 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
  • Pokemon GO, by Niantic
  • 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
  • Hero Realms, by White Wizard Games
  • Mansions of Madness (Second Edition), by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Scythe, by Stonemaier Games
  • Terraforming Mars, by Stronghold Games

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
  • Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, by Wizards of the Coast
  • Pulp Cthulhu, by Chaosium
  • Star Wars: Destiny, by Fantasy Flight Games

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