Wednesday, August 10, 2016


The title is an old joke coming out of Chicago: Vote early, vote often. Right up there with the zombie vote of Chicago.

The Dragon Awards are up and ready to be voted on.  I THINK you can go vote for them here.  But I think it's actually a personalized link sent in my email, so that may only be good for me and what I voted for.

Otherwise, if you haven't gotten an email with a ballot yet, you might have to register here again.

But let's see what's up for voting, shall we?

1. Best Science Fiction Novel
Raising Caine by Charles E. Gannon
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwitheriing Realm by John C. WrightAgent of the Imperium by Marc Miller
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Life Engineered by J-F Dubeau
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Oh well....Five out of six isn't bad.  Obviously, the ridiculously highlighted is what I voted for.

2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
Asteroid Made of Dragons by G. Derek Adams
Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi
Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer
Five novels? Only five novels? Did we miss one? What happened in fantasy? Maybe they required a minimum limit of votes before they give you a nomination.s Otherwise I would be there too.

Yes, notice, I'm not there... Oh well, we had to know this would happen....

And, Larry, next year. I really want this one to go to Butcher.

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer
Updraft by Fran Wilde
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
Trix and the Faerie Queen by Alethea Kontis
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Eight nominees? Eight? Yikes. Makes you wonder

I have no horse in this race ... especially since I'm not here either ... Sigh.

I'd usually knee-jerk and say Pratchett, but I want Dave Freer to get something. He's awesome.

And no, I don't really know the others.

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Blood in the Water by Taylor Anderson
Allies and Enemies: Fallen by Amy J. Murphy
The Price of Valor by Django Wexler
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
Chains of Command by Marko Kloos
Hell's Foundations Quiver by David Weber
Wrath of an Angry God: A Military Space Opera by Gibson Michaels
I told you Weber would take this one. That's my bet. Why? Because Scalzi has never been at DragonCon. Also, Scalzi sucks. And because Weber has been doing military SF longer than the current graduating class of 2016 have been ALIVE.

5. Best Alternate History Novel
1635: A Parcel of Rogues by Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis
Germanica by Robert Conroy
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry
Bombs Away: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
1636: The Cardinal Virtues by Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt
Oh look, Turtledove. However could I have guessed he'd be on this list?

Also, I think the 1635 and 1636 books will cancel each other out, or they'll have to coordinate before they decide.

6. Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole
A Time to Die by Mark Wandrey
Dark Age by Felix O. Hartmann
Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
The Desert and the Blade by S.M. Stirling
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Marina's book was awesome and perfect. So there.  Nick Cole, however, has a surprisingly wide fan base.

Also ... how is Ringo not here? Anywhere?

7. Best Horror Novel
An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel
Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay
Souldancer by Brian Niemeier
Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
Alice by Christina Henry
Honor at Stake by Declan Finn
Don't know that one, or that one, and hey! Brian's on this list. Don't know that one. don't know that one, and .....


Crap, now I have to get to DragonCon and see if they can fit me in as a guest now. And be in Atlanta.

And I'm up against Brian.... I'm probably screwed....


Ahem.... Anyway....

8. Best Comic Book
Ms. Marvel
Civil War II
Astro City
DC Universe: Rebirth
Because it's creative as all heck.

9. Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman
Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
March: Book Two by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
Chicago by Glenn Head
Virgil by Steve Orlando
No vote.

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
The Expanse - Syfy
Daredevil - Netflix
The Flash - CW
Outlander - Starz
Game of Thrones - HBO
Doctor Who - BBC
Jessica Jones - Netflix
If only for Wilson Fisk.

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
The Martian
Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
Crimson Peak
Captain America: Civil War
It's doomed, but I'm going to try.

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Metal Gear Solid V by Konami Digital Entertainment
Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios
Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks
Undertale by Toby Fox
XCOM 2 by 2k Games
I've heard good things.

13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Quaser One by Emre Taskin
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist by Outerminds Inc.
Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes by Electronic Arts
Hyper Burner by Patrick Cook
Highly addictive.

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games
Star Wars: Rebellion by Fantasy Flight Games
Talon by GMT Games
Codenames by Vlaada Chvatil
Monopoly: CTHULHU by USAopoly
Blood Rage by Cool Mini or Not
I like medical type things

15. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
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
Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.
I clicked something at random.

Now, again, this link came with my email, and I've had some people get to the survey with it and some have not.

So let's risk it and try it anyway.

And, again, if you can't use the link, go and register with the Dragon Awards here.

So, I will now suggest to you that you go out and purchase the DRAGON AWARD NOMINATED NOVEL FOR BEST HORROR, HONOR AT STAKE!

Well, this has been an interesting day.

Now, if you will all pardon me, I think I may have to make arrangements to go to Atlanta. With about five minutes worth of notice. 


  1. Grats on the nom.

    Have you really not played fallout 4? Greatest game ever.

  2. You are a magnificent bastard. I had great hopes this would happen.

    You are awesome, and you should feel awesome. That is all.

  3. Right where I said you should be. Of course, Brian's gonna trounce you. Great news, though! Hoping on good news from Castalia House.

  4. It was well deserved.

    Honor at Stake was like a barrel of lit TNT dumped into a pit of crippled vampires. Explosive, yet very satisfying.

    1. That image is gonna stick with me all day!

      I look forward to explaining my almost-contained, creepy laughter to the folks in line at Wal-Mart.

      Who am I kidding? I'll fit right in.

    2. Now you know why I'm a fan of both you and Declan. If you're going to have karma work its magic in an action scene, it should be grand.

      I admit I might have a problem.


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