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Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Dragon Awards

Here's how I see it. Your mileage may well vary. It's a pretty good list, although I was surprised not to see Seveneves on it. It's definitely light on the Pink SF, which is good to see. I'm a little disappointed that for all our military-related publications this year, we didn't publish a single novel in the Mil-SF category this year.

Still, it's great to see two Castalia novels up for awards in the inaugural year.

1. Best Science Fiction Novel
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright

I liked Marc's Traveller book, but I have to go with Mr. Wright here.

2. Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Not even close this year. Larry was always a fun and popular author, but he stepped it up with this and MH:Nemesis.

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Hell's Foundations Quiver by David Weber

I think Scalzi did the right thing by declining his nomination; his work doesn't really belong in this category and this clearly isn't his crowd. This is a bit of a career Oscar for Weber, but he deserves it.

5. Best Alternate History Novel
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

Novik is an SJW-lite, but her Napoleonic dragons are an original and interesting alternate history take. Turtledove is all right. The Baen gang might like Eric Flint, but I've never enjoyed his books and the man isn't just intellectually ossified, he's also a dick.

6. Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole

Again, not even close. This is the best book on the whole list.

7. Best Horror Novel
Souldancer by Brian Niemeier

Sorry Declan, you are screwed.

8. Best Comic Book

Don't know. Don't care.

9. Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones - HBO

I'll vote for quality work even if the creator is an obnoxious, creepy, rape-obsessed troll. Going into the final stretch, this is still the best TV series running, despite the inept battlefield consultants. Still bitter that they killed off Myranda, though.

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Deadpool

Pretty good selection. This is the only one I would watch again.

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Metal Gear Solid V by Konami Digital Entertainment

What else?

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

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Talon by GMT Games

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

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39 Comments:

Blogger Brian S August 11, 2016 3:52 PM  

"12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Metal Gear Solid V by Konami Digital Entertainment"

Is this an award for the story of a game, or the game play and everything?

Blogger residentMoron August 11, 2016 4:09 PM  

Are we not VFMing this thing?

Blogger VD August 11, 2016 4:19 PM  

Are we not VFMing this thing?

They are not the enemy. Do as you see fit.

Anonymous WinstonWebb August 11, 2016 4:24 PM  

8. Best Comic Book

Don't know. Don't care.


Saga, by Image Comics, is worth reading.

Blogger Chris Mata August 11, 2016 4:28 PM  

Saga is so great.

Blogger SemiSpook37 August 11, 2016 4:42 PM  

I initially avoided Deadpool just because I felt it wasn't worthy of a full price viewing in the theater. Saw it near the end of its initial run.

Hilarious. Great work. Sucks that this part of the Marvel universe is with Fox, but it is what it is.

Guess I'll have to find a used copy of MGS V. Have to admit, it's intriguing, but I honestly miss Hayter in the role over Sutherland. Also, probably the last Konami product I'll ever buy, after they screwed everyone in the company, including Kojima.

Blogger RobertT August 11, 2016 4:53 PM  

Both Castalia books on Kindle Unlimited today.

Blogger Brian Niemeier August 11, 2016 4:55 PM  

Thanks for the vote of confidence.

I may as well mention that Souldancer is now on sale in the Kindle Store and free through Kindle Unlimited.

Blogger CM August 11, 2016 5:04 PM  

When would Stranger Things qualify or would it? It is technically touted as horror, but it is so sci-fi/fantasy... and i think its better than GoT

Blogger Nate August 11, 2016 5:23 PM  

"Are we not VFMing this thing?"

Why would we? its a good list of nominees.

Blogger Bill August 11, 2016 5:23 PM  

WHEW! Good to know Vox still has good taste in SF. His list and mine are pretty dang close. Deadpool totally rocked, I've watched it about five times.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 11, 2016 5:44 PM  

I already love the Dragon Awards. For once I have actually read most of the nominees. I haven't been able to say that about the Hugos for...forget it I'm not saying.

Yes to all.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 11, 2016 5:46 PM  

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones - HBO

I'll vote for good work even if the author is an obnoxious, creepy, rape-obsessed troll. This is the best TV series running, despite the inept battlefield consultants.


@VD I realize it can't qualify for this year's ballot but have you seen Stanger Things yet?

Blogger Barry Dickinson, MD August 11, 2016 5:54 PM  

Game of Thrones - HBO

I'll vote for good work even if the author is an obnoxious, creepy, rape-obsessed troll. This is the best TV series running, despite the inept battlefield consultants.


Open question, who does a good job on fantasy battles and warfare?

Anonymous 6184 August 11, 2016 6:39 PM  

Definitely a good list.

I loved Deadpool, saw it in the theaters, bought the Blu-ray.

Agree with Vox on Flint, though the summary "he's also a dick" almost made me spit out my beer.

Blogger eharmonica August 11, 2016 6:48 PM  

Where's the link to actually vote? I;ve registered, but can't find a voting link.

Thanks.

Blogger Ingemar August 11, 2016 7:30 PM  

I was going to rant about MGSV not being "by Hideo Kojima" but since the other video games are listed as by their company, I shrugged.

Still, #FuckKonami

Blogger residentMoron August 11, 2016 8:02 PM  

Just asking, Nate.

Blogger Michael Maier August 11, 2016 8:13 PM  

Saga's art looks awful. I usually end up in a comic shop whenever my eldest nephew is around and I haven't seen decent new comic art in a long time.

It all looks like depressed retarded Japs are drawing it.

Anonymous Adriano August 11, 2016 8:54 PM  

Saga is terrible race mixing propaganda. Brian k Vaughan is an sjw gamma - look at the guy:

http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/brian-k-vaughan-saga-comics.html

The main character in y: the last man had to literally be the last man on earth for women to like him, and he still acted like a gamma the whole time.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright August 11, 2016 9:01 PM  

A nice feather in the cap of the nominees and of Castalia House...no slates, no plotting, and...they are still being recognized.

;-)

Blogger Nate August 11, 2016 9:21 PM  

"A nice feather in the cap of the nominees and of Castalia House...no slates, no plotting, and...they are still being recognized. "

yep.

That's a nice little EFF U in there for the ladies auxiliary at File770.

Blogger Lazarus August 11, 2016 10:39 PM  

residentMoron wrote:Are we not VFMing this thing?

Indiscriminately laying waste to the countryside can be counter-productive

Anonymous HGL August 11, 2016 10:56 PM  

Meh, Wright had some talent befor castalua. I think what's telling is that although vox makes himself out to be the next big thing (constantly), his scifi posts get fewer and fewer hits and everyone ignored the hell out of him on Brad's blog recently. No one who matters is buying it.

Blogger John Wright August 12, 2016 1:01 AM  

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Anonymous Jill August 12, 2016 1:05 AM  

Stranger Things wasn't released until July 2016, so I imagine it will be eligible for next year's Dragon awards. It's the best TV I've seen in a long time, will nominate it myself. But for this year, I will probably not vote for any shows. Haven't gotten my ballot yet.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 12, 2016 1:07 AM  

Dragon.com stepped into the vacuum left where the ashes of the Hugos stood.

Good on them.

Still hoping for a Chuck Tingle pocket Rocket!

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 12, 2016 1:12 AM  

Dragon Con not "Dragon.com"

Brain fart

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 12, 2016 1:13 AM  

How do you vote?

I missed the deadline to nominate, but I would like to vote. I registered back in the spring when they announced.

Blogger residentMoron August 12, 2016 1:22 AM  

Fuck people, it was a question. I don't follow this award at all so ...

Blogger Austin Ballast August 12, 2016 1:26 AM  

You couldn't find anything better that a Cthulu role playing game? I can't seem to find a list of the nominees, but I know many quite decent SciFi and Fantasy games were released in the last 18 months. I don't follow RPGs much at all, but I didn't hear a thing about that one, though plenty of board games with Cthulu in the name or content.

The FAQ has details (and a link) on voting:

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/fan-faq/

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 12, 2016 1:27 AM  

Nevermind, I see I have an email from Dragon Con with my ballot.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 12, 2016 1:28 AM  

Thanks for the link Austin, but I believe that is old information for the nomination stage.

Blogger Zaklog the Great August 12, 2016 6:04 AM  

Since, unlike the Hugos, this award is not thoroughly politicized, I believe I should only vote on what I've actually read, so there are few categories I'll be voting in, and I'm going to try to read 2 books (Wright's and Sanderson's) before the deadline so I can vote for them in good conscience.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 12, 2016 7:09 AM  

A while back on AlphaGame, Vox posted a piece on Gamma fiction. One of the key traits of Gamma Fiction is "The Gift".

I had read this piece before reading Son of the Black Sword. So I sighed a little when I started reading it and I ran into Vadal gift. But it was hardly a deal breaker for me the rest of the book was well written. And then the unthinkable happened...

SPOILER ALERT









Vadal destroys his gift.

Larry has progressed as a writer but he has clearly progressed in other ways too.

Blogger John Wright August 12, 2016 7:41 AM  

@24
Sorry, so your method of assessing an author's craftsmanship is to see if Brad is gossiping about him?

Or is your method seeing how many nonfiction columns he writes?

This year I am coming out with VINDICATION OF MAN from Tor, I have a short story in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter anthology, and my first Moth and Cobweb urban fantasy comes out from Castalia House, and, if the muses smile, the second Unwithering book called NOWITHER, not to mention my ongoing weekly serial SUPERLUMINARY. So I 've been busy. From my point of view, it looks like business is picking up.

I am quietly pleased, of course, that no one who matters is buying my wares. Nothing would shatter my confidence more quickly

Anonymous Sheiko29 August 12, 2016 10:15 AM  

Witcher over Metal Gear any day of the week.

Blogger Austin Ballast August 12, 2016 11:01 AM  

EscapeVelocity wrote:Thanks for the link Austin, but I believe that is old information for the nomination stage.

I have no idea how it works. I just registered there, but I cannot find the way to log in and vote myself, so I am not sure exactly what to do.

The FAQ seems to cover the process, but you are correct that everything on the site seems to have been put out in April.

Blogger SemiSpook37 August 14, 2016 7:25 AM  

Oh, my, is the projection strong from the pinkos over at io9. Then again, when all you can do is lie and double down, it's pretty apparent that you have no clue as to what's really going on.

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