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Friday, August 04, 2017

2017 Dragon Award Finalists

Congratulations to the Castalia House authors who were just named 2017 Dragon Award Finalists. By category:

Best Fantasy Novel

A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Swan Knight's Son by John C. Wright

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke

Best Alternate History Novel

No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah

To celebrate this announcement, both A Sea of Skulls and No Gods, Only Daimons have been made available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Swan Knight's Son is already available on KU. Congratulations are also due to Castalia House friends Larry Correia, Brien Niemeier, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Jon del Arroz, Declan Finn, Lou Antonelli, and Richard Fox, all of whom were nominated in various categories. And thanks to everyone who made this happen by supporting us! Here is the complete ballot.

There are clearly no shoe-ins, as it's clear that a lot more people, and a much broader swath of the science fiction, fantasy, and game markets are getting involved. Both Scalzi and Jemisin scored nominations. I was a little surprised that Total War: Warhammer didn't make it in the Computer Game category, but I was pleased to see that Gloomhaven did in Board Games.

The main competition for A Sea of Skulls appears to be Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo. Correia and Ringo? Yeah, it's hard to like my odds there, given that both their fan bases are bigger than mine.

John C. Wright is up against his own wife as well as The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, while B.V. Larson and David VanDyke would appear to be the slight favorites in their category, despite facing Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox, Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz and Caine's Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon. And Kai Wai Cheah has the daunting task of going up against both Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove and The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville.

So, it would appear unlikely that Castalia House will take home two Dragons for a second straight year, but one never knows. Regardless, be sure to vote if you receive a ballot, and note that you can still sign up to vote on the Finalists before Tuesday, August 29th.

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26 Comments:

Blogger JACIII August 04, 2017 5:38 AM  

Sea of Skulls is in rarefied company. Excellent.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 04, 2017 5:46 AM  

Sea of Skulls is rarefied company.

Congratulations to all!

Blogger Unknown August 04, 2017 6:08 AM  

Larry and Johnny's fan base might be bigger, but I can guarantee there is some overlap.

How do I know?

*ahem* Pleased to meet ya. :)

Blogger JACIII August 04, 2017 6:15 AM  

A new Quantum Mortis novel would have brought home that second Dragon.......

Writing A Sea of Skulls contemporary to an MHI book re:Dragon Award is just an unfortunate coincidence as MHI has become a force of nature. Still, there could be a happy surprise.

Anonymous Aphelion August 04, 2017 6:19 AM  

Congratulations to Castalia House and all the authors! This is great news and I hope it leads to more sales.

Blogger VD August 04, 2017 6:50 AM  

Writing A Sea of Skulls contemporary to an MHI book re:Dragon Award is just an unfortunate coincidence as MHI has become a force of nature.

It would certainly be nice to win, if only to see Mercedes Carrera accepting the award in full American Indian dress. And I think that ASOS matches up very well, in the pure book vs book sense, versus MHI:G. But I would not be at all sorry to see Larry Correia win. He has revitalized right-wing science fiction and fantasy and merits more credit for that than he receives.

Which is why I'd really like to see BV and David win. The big SF self-published authors don't receive anywhere nearly as much regard as their sales and popularity merit. For that reason, it's a pity Richard Fox ended up in Best Military SF instead of Best SF, as per the one-category rule.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 04, 2017 6:51 AM  

The great thing about the Dragon's is that I am actually conflicted about some of my choices. I'll have a tough time deciding who to vote for. Young Adult for instance, has both Mr. Wright and Mrs. Wright as nominees.

Then there are other categories where I will have trouble deciding who to vote against.

Best Comic and Graphic Novel turned up a surprise for me. A nominee I can vote for with a clear conscience, Dresdin Files.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 04, 2017 6:58 AM  

I'm open to suggestion on Apocalyptic. No impact, no idea about any of them.

Also, best console/PC game. The ones that I have played on that list, I'm not wild about.

Blogger Dave August 04, 2017 7:35 AM  

At first glance it appears Castalia House has 3x the number of finalists as Tor Books? And if it wasn't for Scalzi's name on it that steaming pile of a book wouldn't have come within a mile of being a finalist.

Anonymous Killua August 04, 2017 7:48 AM  

Congratulations! I hope it takes both dragons.

Anonymous Nathan August 04, 2017 7:55 AM  

The weird blended group of Superversive, PulpRev, Castalia House, and indie authors had a great day. Grats to John Wright, Jagi, Brian Niemeier, Vox, Jon del Arroz, Declan Finn, and Kai Wai Cheah on your nominations.

Take a good close look at military fiction. Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox. Cartwright's Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey. Starship Liberator by Larson and vanDyke. Indie is getting recognized. And the trio mentioned is truly worthy of the honor.

Apocalyptic fiction was the one category that was still mostly tradpub as opposed to a good sample of tradpub, Baen, and indie. That might change next year, if Jon Mollison's recent CH review is an indication.

Mass Effect Andromeda was nominated. That's a surprise. I expect them to lose to everyone's new favorite waifu from Nier: Automata.

All in all, the sample of nominees, even with the tradpub stalwarts, comes across as a more representative sample of current SFF than the Hugos. But that's not exactly news.

Blogger Daniel Humphreys August 04, 2017 8:46 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:I'm open to suggestion on Apocalyptic. No impact, no idea about any of them.

Also, best console/PC game. The ones that I have played on that list, I'm not wild about.


Well, far be it for me to butt in, but I have a suggestion. ;)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ4MI85

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 04, 2017 8:51 AM  

@12

You got it.

Anonymous Tetra August 04, 2017 9:31 AM  

The winner of best novel must surely be "Death’s End" by Cixin Liu. The scope of this author's creativity and imagination and his beautiful prose are simply unmatched by any of the other nominees. "Death's End" is a perfect end to the trilogy. It's a clasic

Blogger Brian Niemeier August 04, 2017 10:01 AM  

Thanks, Vox. Congratulations to all of the other nominees!

Since I won last year, and the Dragons don't have a Best Editor category yet, the Dragon will go to my editor Jagi if SK wins.

That might also help resolve the dilemma for folks who find themselves in a quandary over which Wright to vote for in YA.

On a personal note, I look forward to breaking Scalzi.

Anonymous Somme Boddet August 04, 2017 10:11 AM  

Since by your reckoning Sea of Skulls is only half finished, if you win, will you only accept half of the award?

Blogger RobertT August 04, 2017 11:32 AM  

Just an observation. When a book isn't selling or attracting attention, a giveaway seems like a good idea. You aren't selling it anyway, so you may as well pull out all the stops to build interest. But when a book has just been nominated for a significant honor, it seems counter productive to provide it for free just when a spike in interest should drive sales.

Blogger VD August 04, 2017 11:58 AM  

Just an observation. When a book isn't selling or attracting attention, a giveaway seems like a good idea. You aren't selling it anyway, so you may as well pull out all the stops to build interest. But when a book has just been nominated for a significant honor, it seems counter productive to provide it for free just when a spike in interest should drive sales.

As it happens, ASOS has 774 KENP pages, so the compensation for one copy read on KU is roughly equivalent to the compensation for one copy sold on Amazon. And, at this stage in the release, any new interest generated by the Dragon Awards is FAR more likely to result in a KU download than a purchase at the CH store, which is the real potential trade-off.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope August 04, 2017 3:04 PM  

Pity that A Sea of Skulls is up against Grunge. Because Grunge was an excellent book too and is going to be tough to beat. But it would be fine to lost to such a tag team. Let's hope we don't split the vote like in 1860 and end up with some SJW winning instead.

Another good thing is for people like me who see what company a book keeps in lists, and I'll say "hey, loved this book, and here is this list of other books that were competing with it, maybe I'll like them too".

Still pathetic how Scalzi made the list, but over time he's going to lose in the game of life.
I finished Corroding Empire yesterday. Going to get a review up on Amazon this weekend. That book was better than Foundation.

Blogger Jon D. August 04, 2017 5:08 PM  

Grats everyone. So many great books are finalists, it certainly makes that other award look like a joke.

Blogger koi seo August 04, 2017 5:40 PM  

The great thing about the Dragon's is that I am actually conflicted about some of my choices. I'll have a tough time deciding who to vote for. Young Adult for instance, has both Mr. Wright and Mrs. Wright as nominees.


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Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 04, 2017 6:16 PM  

Other award? There's another award for science fiction writing? Well, there's the Nebula, of course but when has anyone cared about that?

Blogger Brian Niemeier August 04, 2017 8:08 PM  

If it helps you guys decide, remember that Jagi has two chances to win. As my editor, she will take home the Best SF Novel award if Secret Kings wins.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright August 05, 2017 12:59 AM  

I urge anyone who is conflicted to vote for Swan Knight's Son. John and I discussed it and decided for a series of reasons that his should be the book to back for this particular award.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright August 05, 2017 1:00 AM  

Brian N. Is such a sweetie!

Blogger Were-Puppy August 05, 2017 12:14 PM  

This was a tough one to vote for some of the categories. Congrats to everyone who was nominated!

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