Dragon Con is one of the biggest SFF conventions in the United States, if not on the face of the Earth. Held in Atlanta each year, Dragon Con hosts a minimum of 60,000 people each year — and we will probably never know how much they really host, lest they get in trouble with the fire marshal (I’m not even kidding). And, of course, Dragon Con has created its own award — the Dragon Award.
The first annual Dragon Awards.
Unlike a certain other set of awards that shall never be named, the Dragon Awards give out awards by genre. The Dragon Awards are also unique in that they do not go by calendar year, but from the start of July to the end of June.
Recently, we’ve put together a bit of a list of Superversive books from last year that fit our standards. But how would one fit into the Dragon Awards like this?
Dragon Awards won by John C Wright, Brian Niemeier and Nick Cole 2016
Obviously, certain of the books from the list fit no genre category. One of my novels from the list, Set to Kill, is a murder mystery that takes place in Atlanta, at a place called WyvernCon, in the middle of a political war about Tearful or Hydrophobic Puppies versus Puppy Punters from traditional Big Publishing. Obviously, this book has no similarities to real events. Heh.
However, while it is on the 2016 list, there is no murder mystery genre for the Dragons. Nor are there Westerns, so Brings the Lightning is out. And while Chasing Freedom and The Big Sheep are both fun books with dystopic elements, they both came out too early last year in order to be eligible — and Chasing Freedom was already nominated for last year’s Dragons. It’s the same for site favorite Ben Zyycky’s novel Beyond the Mist , which came out in January 2016.
Those are the ground rules. Keep in mind, ANYONE can vote in the Dragon Awards, whether you have attended the con, or if you will never attend the con.
You can vote here, once you’re registered. Keep in mind, you can only vote for each book ONCE. If you try to vote for, say, Murphy’s Law of Vampires in more than one category, like best horror / best fantasy / best YA, your ballot will be invalid.
DISCLAIMER: I’ve had to do this manually, so I may have excluded one or two books that fall within the eligibility dates. And I’m adding one or two additional novels — some because they are sequels to books already nominated, and some because I think they really should be considered.
And now, UNLEASH THE DRAGONS
Best Science Fiction Novel
Escaping Infinity (not on the original list, but a favorite of mine.)
Discovery — Nuns …. INNNN SPPPAAACCCEEEE
Blood of Invidia: Maestru Series Book 1 (The Maestru Series) (Volume 1) — Space Vampires.
The Secret Kings (Soul Cycle) (Volume 3) — Book #2 won best horror in 2016, so I suppose this is also eligible there as well, but the description looks very Space Opera. Read it and you tell me below. When I asked Brian on my radio show, he didn’t have an opinion.
Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Murphy’s Law of Vampires (Love at First Bite #2) — This one could go here, or it could go in horror. There is not, as yet, an Urban Fantasy category. Book one was in the 2016 Horror category, but horror is another conversation.
Wolf Killer (The Hammer Commission Book 2)
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge
The Cinder Witch: A Tale of The School of Spells & War
Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 3) — Book 1 reviewed here.
Van Ripplewink: You Can’t Go Home Again
Swan Knight’s Son: The Green Knight’s Squire Book One (Moth & Cobweb 1) (For the record, I have inquired with Mr. Wright, who said that, yes, while Book Two and Book Three ARE eligible, he would simplify it for book 1.) — Read our review of the novel here.
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Yes, there is some overlap here between the military SFF novels and their other categories. Why? In part because the authors have come out with two books in the same series. If one is torn between two Monstery Hunter Memoirs, or two Hammer Commissions, this is the easy way to split the baby.
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners
Loose Ends (The Hammer Commission Book 3)
Cartwright’s Cavaliers (The Revelations Cycle) (Volume 1)
“Star Realms: Rescue Run,” By Jon Del Arroz — An author on the site, Jon should at least have the benefit of the doubt. Also, if the book’s half as awesome as he is, it deserves a look.
Thrawn (Star Wars) — While it did not come out in 2016, eligibility goes until the end of June. Thrawn comes out in April. I expect this to bigfoot the nominations.
Best Alternate History Novel
People’s Republic — Though this might be best under the next category.
Best Apocalyptic Novel
Liberty Lost: How Debt Destroyed Our Freedoms
Codename: UnSub (The Last Survivors)
Best Horror Novel
Live and Let Bite (Love at First Bite) (Volume 3) — Book 3, the sequel to Murphy’s Law of Vampires from above. Again, there is no best Urban Fantasy here. Probably because it would just be known as the Jim Butcher award. Personally, I think this one is better, but what do I know?
A Place Outside The Wild — I never know what to do with Zombie books. Is is apocalyptic? Is it horror? Take a look and flip a coin. But I needed to flesh out this sections with more ideas.
From here on out, the Superversive list, thus far, is fairly devoid of comment and ideas, but I’ll fill in from Superversive contributors when possible. I’ll be supplying many of my own ideas. Mostly, these are merely what are eligible. In some cases, I’m linking to people who have much better ideas than I do.
Best Comic Book
Qualifying is any publication that contains illustrated story in traditional comic book format (non-animated) that is at least 20 pages long with a consistent set of characters, premises and series title that appears at least four times per year and at least one volume has been first released in print or electronic format between 7/1/2016 and 6/30/2017.
Think of this as an individual issue.
Best Graphic Novel
“A publication that contains illustrated story in traditional comic book format (non-animated) that is at least 36 pages long and has been first released in print or electronic format between 7/1/2016 and 6/30/2017.”
So … any bound collection, really.
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series, TV or Internet
A Series of Unfortunate events, by Netflix.
Arrow — perhaps? I’ve enjoyed this season
Grimm — I’d want to push this one the most because it’s the last season.
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Doctor Strange — My personal favorite
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them — Not a personal favorite of mine. In fact, I think it is interesting for what it added to the world, not because it was a particular engaging film.
Star Trek: Beyond
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Final Fantasy XV
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
…. No idea. Honestly. Sorry.
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Injustice Gamer Alfred Genesson has some thoughts on this.
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
And once again, we’re out of my element. Sorry.
Have a Superversive suggestion for the Dragon Awards? A book I missed? A book that came out in 2017 that wasn’t on the original list but should be here? Please, put down the title, author, and your reason why it’s a Superversive book that should get a Dragon. (date of publication would be also nice).
And then, when you have an idea — click here to VOTE IN THE DRAGON AWARDS. UNLEASH THE DRAGON.
Declan Finn is a Dragon Award Nominated Author for Honor At Stake, book 1 of his Love at First Bite Series. Finn’s own work and collections of essays can be found at his personal web page.