I was there this year at the the second annual Dragon Award. It was not a very large crowd – partly, I believe, because both Jim Butcher and John Ringo were scheduled on panels at that same hour. I’m sure all their fans were at those panels instead, and maybe not even aware of the awards. Poor planning, but hopefully that will be corrected in the future.
However, it was a happy crowd of both fans and a handful of the nominees that were able to attend. We had wonderful presenters, including the late Jerry Pournelle. The winners were announced, with applause each time. There was no booing, nor no-awarding, and not a single wooden asterix in site. And while none of the people I knew personally won an award this year, there was no real sense of loss. For all those who won are excellent at their craft, entertain their large audience, and by the vote of the fans, were made winners.
The Dragon Award really is a fan award, straightforward and fun. Over 8,000 people voted this year, almost twice as much as last year! My hope is someday that number will double, then triple! And keep on growing, drawing in more fans, and sharing the fun of good, fan-loved, science fiction and fantasy! Til someday that auditorium is packed, and the teardrop of fire is seen as a great achievement, and gift from your fans.
I had a great time, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I have the list of the winners for the 2017 Dragon Award. But first, as is my custom as the official dancing girl of SVSF, I have another VICTORY DANCE!
Best Science Fiction Novel
Babylon’s Ashes, by James S.A. Corey
Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo
Best Young Adult / Middle-Grade Novel
The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox
Best Alternate History Novel
Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove
Best Apocalyptic Novel
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
Best Horror Novel
The Changeling, by Victor LaValle
Best Comic Book
The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
Best Graphic Novel
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Stranger Things, by Netflix
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Wonder Woman directed, by Patty Jenkins
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by Nintendo
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Pokemon GO, by Niantic
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, by Avalon Hill
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, by Wizards of the Coast
Great winners, all. Can’t wait for next year!