2017 Superversive Dragon Picks

Let’s find out..

Best Science Fiction Novel

Okay. Richard Paolinelli made it. If you haven’t read his work yet, do so.

On the other hand, Brian Niemeier is an active contributor, is a good author, and a says he’ll give his award to L Jagi Lamplighter, and that’s another complication, to be discussed below.

And no one else from our original list is there, it seems. Where’s Zhan’s Thrawn?  Hmm. I guess it came out too late for most fans to read and vote for it — otherwise, Zahn didn’t want it.

And Scalzi wouldn’t know how to be Superversive if it jumped up and bit him where it hurt.

I suppose this year it’s between Brian and Richard.

Best Fantasy Novel 
(Including Paranormal)

Okany, Grunge was on our list. Not a shock. Larry doesn’t want the award. But let’s see if Ringo wants one.

It’s probably Vox and Ringo, really. And even Vox Day doubts his odds here, so my money is on Ringo to win. If Ringo isn’t back with the church yet, Grunge is actually the one I looked at and said, “Come home to Rome, John.”

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Yup, it’s a Wright double header! Both of these two were on our original Superversive list. My goal this year was to see if John and Jagi could have a his and hers set of Dragons…

Except Jagi has mentioned she wants John to win for Swan Knight’s Son

But I think she deserves an award for Rachel Griffin…

While Brian will literally give his award to Jagi, I want Richard to win that one….

My bet? JCW will win. Vox is throwing his people behind Mr. Wright, and so is Jagi. So is Happy Frogs.

Best Military Science Fiction 
or Fantasy Novel

Okay, and this is where a more of our picks congregated, with Wandrey, Jon Del Arroz.

Mark Wandrey and John Holmes are good people. Charles Gannon is friendly as all heck, and smart as a whip.

I think I’m going to vote for Jon. I wanted John Ringo’s Monster Hunter spin off to have been in this category. So, who knows who’ll actually win. Especially since Gannon has the Baen vote, but I know that Wandrey, Holmes, and Jon will all campaign.

Boy, am I glad I’m not going to be in this middle of this shootout.

Best Alternate History Novel

Oh gee. Flint and Turtledove have gotten nominations. Who ever could have imagined…

I did. Several times. That was the easy part.

LOU ANTONELLI GOT NOMINATED!!!!! LOU GOT NOMINATED!!!!!! YES!

Yes, Lou’s cool. His book was awesome. Read it. That’s my vote.

Other than that, we only had one pick in Alternate History. And People’s Repulic isn’t here.

My bet? Turtledove and Flint will split the vote, leaving it as a fight between Lou and Vox’s pick. And Happy Frogs is backing Lou.

Best Apocalyptic Novel
One of our picks, Dan Humphreys, got in! Yes! Good for him. He’s good people.
I don’t know Akkad or Heinz. Jemisin is right down there with Scalzi. I know that Doctorow exists.  Oh, look, John Holmes again! Good for him.
Codename: UnSub. By me and my coauthor. Huh. Had you asked me to place money one what I’d be nominated for, this … would not be it.
On the one hand, we’re up against Doctorow, so Yoskowitz and I should be screwed. Then again, I don’t know if Doctorow will campaign. So who knows? Common sense says Doctorow, but if I had any, I’d be a plumber. It’s steady work.
Best Horror Novel

Tom Tinney’s Blood of Invidia is on our original list. that’s good.

Littlewood is a Vox pick. According to a comment on File 770, she’s already removed her nomination. Oh well.

Tom Tinney’s been a guest on the podcast a few times. Dubeau? Larrinaga? Summers, LaValle…. Yikes. Do I know these people? Answer, of course not, I don’t actually read horror.

Technically, I don’t even write horror, I write paranormal romance or Urban Fantasy, depending on who you ask. But the Dragons don’t have this pick.

Tom is up against Dan Wells.  Well, that’ll suck. I’ve heard of Wells, he’s supposed to be Catholic Stephen King, only he writes well. Tom’s win will depend on whether or not

…. Live and Let Bite. By me. And it was on our list.

I got two nominations? Huh. To my rabid fan base, thank you. Yes. Really. Thank you. I’m … wow. Well. That’s … wow.

Best Comic Book
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
  • Motor Girl by Terry Moore
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa
  • Saga by Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  • Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

We didn’t have a dog in this fight. But do we need to? Jim Butcher is nominated. We know who’s winning.

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

We also had no dog in this fight. But … Butcher is here, too. I guess it depends on which ones he wants. Assuming he’s not going to give all the comic awards away to his artists.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
  • Doctor Who, BBC
  • Lucifer, Fox
  • Marvel’s Agents of Shield, ABC
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1
  • Stranger Things, Netflix
  • The Expanse, Syfy
  • Westworld, HBO
  • Wynonna Earp, Syfy

None of our picks were here. And I’m apathetic about them anyway.

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

Okay. We liked Arrival, Doctor Strange, and Guardians 2 (it was reviewed on the site after our initial list was released). I’m not surprised about Wonder Woman. Several people I know like Passengers. Logan was a Vox pick….

No bet on who wins this one.

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

Well, we say Titanfall 2, and FF15 coming.

I wouldn’t vote Bioware if you paid me.

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

We didn’t have a horse in this race. But there’s Pokemon GO. We’re done. It was so addictive and so popular last year, it’s not even funny.

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

We had no picks here, either

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

Again, not our scene, apparently.

Once again, I’d like to thank all of you folks in the fan base for chipping in in the first place, and coming out to vote. If you look at my two nominations with thoughts of “If I vote for him twice, will that be a problem?” No. If I get both wins, I’ll give one to my co-author on UnSub. Assuming I get either.

If you don’t want to try reading every single book on the list, you can vote below.

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About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, and nominated for Best Horror at the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, to be released by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set to Kill," murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
  • Overgrown Hobbit

    Okay, Terry Moore, (of Strangers in Paradise) got a nom! Woooot! I need to start campaigning. As ever, the web comics – where all the real innovation and awesomeness are (Stand Still Stay Silent anyone? Dave Kellet’s Drive?) are completely locked out. If anyone of you lot wins, and has a chance to talk to the Dragon Award committee could you ask them to join the 21st century on this one?

    Also Betrayal at House on the Hill is really good. My family got it for me for Mother’s Day (they are awesome that way) and it was my nomination for best table top game.

    I’m just sorry that Sarah Hoyt didn’t say anything to her fans this year. Darkship really did deserve a nomination.

    • Nate Winchester

      Also Betrayal at House on the Hill is really good. My family got it for me for Mother’s Day (they are awesome that way) and it was my nomination for best table top game.

      Thing is, that game has been around for AWHILE. Did a new edition release I missed?

  • Nate Winchester

    We had no picks here, either

    Again, not our scene, apparently.

    Well I wish someone had told me since it IS mine.

    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

    Ok, I’ve only played two of those (should be playing gloomhaven soon). Hero Realms is good, but is a much better game with the character expansions. Since this looks like it means the base game and not the expansions I have to give the edge to Mansions of Madness which is not only pretty fun, but successfully incorporates a board game with a tablet to really make superior 2nd edition of the game.

    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

    SW: Destiny depends on how you feel about dice being added to a customizable card game. The x-wing game by FFG is ok, as is M:tG but I don’t think Shadow and Eldritch Moon are anything award winning. Though the two-sided “meld” cards from EM might be. I’d probably go with Pulp C’thulhu if for no other reason that it’s the one I’d most like to try playing right now.