Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dragon Con Award discussion, April 2019

The Dragons are here, let the discussion begin.

And yes, I said discussion. I'd like people to come on, and tell me what you want to see nominated. Hell, I've already made adjustments to the list below. I haven't changed who I'm voting for yet, since something would need to blow my socks off to change my mind. But I want to make certain that this become a DISCUSSION.

Now, again, please remember the eligibility is from the start of July 2018 to the end of June 2019.

So, let's continue.
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Best Science Fiction Novel

I have already reviewed Heroes Fall by Morgon Newquist. You might think .... whatever you like. But this was one Hell of a solid novel, and some of the best SF I've read in years.

What is it? Superheroes. If you liked Astro City, or JMS's Rising Stars, or, hell, the MCU, you're going to want to read this one, and I think you're going to agree with me that it's pretty kickass.

Now, as was suggested last time, Richard Paolinelli has a new book out, called When the Gods Fell.

Also, Christopher Ruocchio would like people to recall that his novel, Empire of Silence has also come out.

Best Fantasy Novel 
(Including Paranormal)

I have not yet reviewed Bokerah Brumley's "Keepers of New Haven: Woe for a Faerie" on my blog. However, I can tell you that it has some interesting ideas and

How can I have already put it on my blog?  That's the joy of getting ARCs from your publisher. Heh heh heh. But for Brumley, she'll get her due. Oh yes, she will.  BWHAHAHAAHAHAHA.


I had considered putting one of Daniel Humphreys Paxton Locke novels up for this one (again, I got the ARC. Heh heh heh), but he was more interested in emphasizing another topic.

Also, to be honest, while I know the book is done, I don't know when it's going to be released, so there's that too.

Best YA / Middle Grade Novel

Mutter mutter mutter. The Kings Regret by Ligon is not yet out, so you'll have to take my word on it for this moment. I can't say too much. It's Steampunk YA.

Lucky for him, Jagi hasn't come out with another Rachel Griffin novel.

Best Military SFF Novel

Daniel Humphrey's A Place For War... Yes, this is what Daniel wanted to be nominated in instead of his upcoming Black Night's Agents, so I concurred.

For the record, no, I have not yet read David Weber's Uncompromising Honor. I suspect he will not need additional support.

And Brian Niemeier said a while ago, one Dragon Award was enough, so I'm not going to bother getting him a nomination for Combat Seed X.

Best Alternate History Novel

This was a tough one.

Because in addition to Hans Schantz's Brave and the Bold (reviewed here), you also have yet again another Robert Kroese Iron Dragon novel .... which I will admit, I have not read, but let's face it, Robert isn't going to start to suck at this late date, now is he?

And,  honestly, I thought it was going to be Hammer of the Witches, by Kai Wai Cheah. However, I don't think it's eligible. So I'm going to have to flip a coin between Hans and Robert.

Best Media Tie-In Novel

Thrawn: Alliance
Timothy Zahn is doing a Thrawn novel. Your argument is so invalid, it's not even funny.

Best Horror Novel

This is funny, since by the time the Dragons comes out, I will have SIX horror novels eligible.

Hell Spawn
Death Cult
Infernal Affairs
City of Shadows (Coming soon)
Crusader (Coming soon)
Deus Vult (Coming soon....ish)

..... But as I argued, it's best to nominate Hell Spawn and move on. And if you disagree and would like to nominate one of the other books in another category ... okay, but I'd like you not to split the vote too too much. Please refer here for my thoughts on the matter.

Best Comic Book

Flying Sparks, by Jon del Arroz.

Is anyone going to fight me on this one? Go ahead, name me something better. I dare ye.

Review coming.... yes, I owe a lot of people reviews. Stow it.

Best Graphic Novel

Good question. Any ideas?

Though I'm tempted to say the comic adaptations of PD Wodehouse by Chuck Dixon, just because Jeeves and Wooser are just so much fun.

Best SFF TV Series

I actually have a tossup on this one. Believe it or not

Reverie... which was a great little series over the summer that should probably get a nomination for the first year along.


God Friended Me .... what can I say? I enjoy it so far, even though I do expect it to go Person of Interest by the end of the season.

For right now, let's say Reverie.

Best SFF Movie

The Meg...

No. No question. Just The Meg.

Yes, I'm biased, you damn straight. I've only waited 20 flipping years for this movie.

Though wouldn't it be funny if it's The Meg vs Aquaman?

Water on water violence.

Best SFF PC / Console Game

Spiderman, PS4, Insomniac games.

Yup. No hesitation. This was .... amazing.

As for ... Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game ....
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game....
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game....
You got me. Come at me, give me some suggestions in the blog comments, and let's see how this stacks up.

Other nominees.

You might remember that last year, I had at least half a dozen nominees for each category....

Nope. Not anymore.

Granted, I could suggest some nominees for you.

Hans' Brave and the Bold, as mentioned and linked to above.

A friend of mine, MA Rothman, has an SF book out that might be of interest.

Again, the upcoming Daniel Humphreys' Come Seeling Night is something I'd suggest in paranormal, but he wanted military.

....So, yeah, right now, I'm out of alternate suggestions at the moment. Maybe I'm just out of authors. Heck, I would love to nominated Simon R Green for Night Fall... but it is one of his lesser works, and really dropped the ball for the finale of his magnum opus, largely by having it as a crossover with a series I truly and deeply hate.

If you want to give me alternate suggestions, please be sure to leave one in the comment -- author, title, and genre category.

As of now, let the discussions begin.

And if you want to vote RIGHT THIS MINUTE, that would be here.



  1. Best Science Fiction --Combat Frame XSeed, by Niemeier, or Pop Kult Warlord, by Cole, if Brian declines.
    Best Fantasy - Sword of Kaigen, by M. L. Wang.
    Best Young Adult - Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, vol. 12, by Omori
    Best milSF - I like Retribution better, but Anspach and Cole want the fans to get behind Galaxy's Edge: Order of the Centurion. The final Honor Harrington is a colossal disappointment that undermines Harrington's reputation as a tactical genius.
    Best Media Tie-In - Realmslayer, by Guymer
    Best Graphic Novel - Conan le Cimmérien - Le Colosse noir. This BD beats the tar out of manga and comics. Runner up: Elric, the White Wolf, vol1. by Blondel
    Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mini Game - Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

  2. I am thinking of nominating Supersync by Kevin Inkenberry for Best Science Fiction novel. Definitely A Pale Dawn for best Military Science Fiction novel

  3. Rob Kroese's Iron Dragon books are great, so you are on solid ground there. I want to note another Indie author, Travis Corcoran, who has a Libertarian themed book that came out in May 2018. It's the 2nd book in the Aristillus series, "Causes of Separation". The first one won the Prometheus award and the second one is nominated for this year's Prometheus.

  4. If you're looking for more Fantasy nominees I'll cheerfully toss you a review copy of The Lost War, just out.

    I'll second the nomination of Corcoran's Causes of Separation for SF.


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