Sunday, September 4, 2016

Two thumbs WAAAAY up for the inaugural Dragon Awards!

I'm absolutely delighted at the results of the inaugural Dragon Awards.  With tens of thousands of eligible voters and no slates or pressure groups, they're almost impossible to 'game'.  They also offer a very good reflection of actual fan taste in science fiction and fantasy, and the results show it - as well as being a very effective repudiation (by ten times as many voting fans) of the slanted, biased, politically correct, hag-ridden mess that the Hugo Awards have become.

I'm particularly pleased because two of my favorites won their categories.  Larry Correia's Son of the Black Sword won the Best Fantasy Novel category.

And John C. Wright's Somewhither:  A Tale of the Unwithering Realm (which I reviewed last year) won the Best Science Fiction Novel category (which surprised me, because it's hardly typical science fiction, but nevertheless was, I think, richly deserved).

The full list of winners (click on each title for more information) is:

Best Science Fiction Novel
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)

Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)

Best Alternate History Novel
League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)

Best Horror Novel
Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)

Best Comic Book
Ms. Marvel

Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
The Martian

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games

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

(List courtesy of Vox Day, whose Castalia House won two categories - an outstanding performance.)

Congratulations to all the winners, particularly Larry and John.  Way to go, guys!



Old NFO said...

Outstanding! Congrats to the winners!!!

Quartermaster said...

They perhaps did not intend to do so, but the Puppies, both Sad and Rabid, have shown that the Hugos are meaningless and gamed by the bunch that have owned them for better than 20 years. With the advent of the Dragon Awards, I think the Hugos will go to a much deserved death.

Anonymous said...

That is just awesome.

And while only three of my choices won their respective categories - Correia, Nick Cole and David Weber - I can't see a single winner on there that I *disagree* with.

Several of the categories were outright coin flips for me, which is why I picked Chuck Gannon over JCW in Best SF (and am still thrilled that JCW won), Declan Finn over Brian Niemaier (Niemaier won, of course) and Eric Flint/Andrew Dennis over Harry Turtledove in Alt-Hist. Which last category Naomi Novik won with the latest installment of her Temaraire series. Possibly because it might be odd if the inaugural Dragon Award didn't have at least one award going to somebody who writes about dragons.


Well-deserved congratulations to all the winners. And Hugos delenda est.

--Wes S.

selkiemaine said...


Finally ... awards I can use as a reference when shopping for books.

Kudos to all involved.

Bill S said...

It’s so nice to have read or to have on my to-read list so many of the nominated and several of the Dragon winners. Congratulations to the winners. Time to delete the bookmark for the Hugo Awards.

Thomas W said...

I wonder if they're going to release the vote totals? The larger the totals the more influence they'll have.