Monday, July 25, 2016

Dragon Awards Nominations close TODAY, Monday, July 25

Well, this is it. The Dragon Awards are about to be done. Finished. Finito. From the minute this posts, you will have until MIDNIGHT, this MONDAY, July 25th.

If you have not yet nominated, you can click here, now, and follow the instructions.

Now, let's admit it, Larry Correia will be getting a nomination for best fantasy novel for Son of the Black Sword. If you don't know why, this will tell you all about it. In short, he has unleashed the hordes of his fans. The tide is unleashed. It cannot be stopped.

Anyway, let's make things easier on people. If you do not know what you can nominate, I have made notes about it in the past, and I'm going to post it here, again, once more, so you don't have to go all over the place, hopping through multiple links.

I say unto you again, that as of the moment of this publication, there is only 24 hours (and counting) to nominate stuff for the flight of awards, and now, let's get down to brass tacks.

What is eligible for the Dragon Awards?

Works released between 7/1/2015 and 6/30/2016 are eligible for this year’s awards.
Okay, so anything from July last year and June this year are eligible.

There is nothing about nominating whole series. Sorry. We can't nominate the complete works of Terry Prachett, apparently

Now, you will note that my suggestions below are going to be very heavily influenced by the Sad Puppies 4 list.

Obviously, since SP4 covered all of, and only, 2015, some of these are things I've read. You will not be seeing Neal Stephenson or Ringo 2015, for example, since they're not eligible.

Why use the SP4 list? Because it's a list that makes my life easier, that's why. I can barely even remember what I read last year, to heck when I purchased it originally. I can't exactly date the tell of my book pile by placement.

So, much of this list is shooting from the hip. I've included links just in case there is someone out there who thinks they can read really, really fast.

Now, keep in mind, everyone -- THE RULES SAY YOU CAN ONLY NOMINATE ONE ITEM ONCE. That's it. You can't nominate Honor at Stake in multiple categories, nor Son of the Black Sword, nor Somewhither.

Now, on with the suggestions.

Best science fiction novel -- Oh, we have such a list here: SouldancerTorchship, by Karl Gallagher, several David Weber books (I'd list them, but I can't keep track), Black Tide Rising. And, The Big Sheep ... though it might be best for dystopia / apocalyptic.

Best fantasy novel (including paranormal) -- Honor at StakeSouldancer Brian Niemeier, Correia's Son of the Black Sword, David Weber's Sword of the South, John C. Wright's Somewhither or his Iron Chamber of Memory, and Jim Butcher's The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Mind Over All, by Karina Fabian. Ten Gentle Opportunities, Jeff Dunteman

Best young adult/middle grade novel -- Honor at Stake ... yes, really, it was meant to be YA. And the only other YA I know lately isn't that good. and Sad Puppies had nothing about YA stuff.

Best military science fiction or fantasy novel -- Honor at Stake (ninjas, remember), The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass; and anything by Weber within the time frame. Larry's Son of the Black Sword may also be eligible for military, but I'm not sure.

Best alternate history novel -- assume Harry Turtledove is going to win this one.

Best apocalyptic novel -- Chasing FreedomBlack Tide Rising

Best horror novel -- Honor at Stake?  Black Tide RisingSouldancer? Yeah. One has vampires, one has not-zombies, and the other I haven't actually read yet. Sorry.

Best episode in a continuing science fiction or fantasy series, TV or internet: pick something from Daredevil, The Flash, Arrow, Person of Interest ... I can't even keep track

Best science fiction or fantasy movie -- Captain America, Civil War. See? That was easy. Oh, and The Martian. and Deadpool, if you're into that sort of thing.

Best science fiction or fantasy PC / console game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Until Dawn, Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best science fiction or fantasy mobile game -- Fallout Shelter

As for the rest ... damned if I know. However, there are people out there who have some thoughts on the matter. The Injustice gamer can help you fill these in, if you're interested.
  • Best comic book
  • Best graphic novel
  • Best science fiction or fantasy board game
  • Best science fiction or fantasy miniatures / collectable card / role-playing game



  1. Many thanks for mentioning *Ten Gentle Opportunities.* I've told several of my fans it wasn't eligible because it was published in 2016, assuming without checking that the nomination window was calendar year 2015.

    The one-category limitation is an interesting problem. *Souldancer* is a marvelous yarn...but what the hell (as it were) IS it? Brian has welded ice and iron on the category side, giving us something unlike anything else I've ever seen. This matters, because if a novel gets half its recs in one category and half in another, it can be downballot (or offballot) even though it might be on the ballot if all the recs were in the same category. *Ten Gentle Opportunities* is nominally fantasy, but most of the story involves straight-line hard-SF extrapolation about artificial intelligence and future computation. This is a hard problem, and in truth I don't know what to suggest to fix it.

    The really good news, however, is that the Hugos are no longer the only game in our very large and very diverse town.

  2. I registered a few days ago, but finally submitted my nominations today. Whew. Just under the wire.

    I put Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game for best SF board game. That game is SO much fun!

  3. Amazon has Somewither as SciFi...

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

    #742 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > First Contact
    #936 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > First Contact
    #1078 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Alien Invasion

    Perhaps you should ask Wright where he'd like it nominated.


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