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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Congratulations, Dragon Award winners!

I'm very pleased to report that Somewhither, by John C. Wright, has been awarded the inaugural Best Science Fiction Novel at Dragoncon.

And I am equally happy to be able to say that Ctrl-Alt-Revolt! by Nick Cole, has been awarded Best Apocalyptic Novel.

Congratulations are also due to Larry Correia, whose Son of the Black Sword was a well-merited Best Fantasy Novel winner, and to Castalia author-to-be Brien Niemeier, who won Best Horror Novel  for Souldancer.

The 2016 Dragon Award winners:

Best Science Fiction Novel
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)

Best Fantasy Novel
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)

Best Alternate History Novel
League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)

Best Horror Novel
Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)

Best Comic Book
Ms. Marvel

Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
The Martian

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

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

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games

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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136 Comments:

Anonymous MendoScot September 04, 2016 3:03 PM  

FUCK YEAH!

*Check back in October for information about voting for the Dragon Awards in 2017.

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 3:04 PM  

Fantastic! Congrats to the inaugural award winners and to CH.

Blogger Masha K. September 04, 2016 3:06 PM  

Awesome news! Finally an award for GOOD writing, so no surprise as to the winners.

Anonymous Takin' a Look September 04, 2016 3:06 PM  

Congratulations!

Anonymous Astrodominant September 04, 2016 3:07 PM  

4 for 4 on that vote. Excellent books all. Goodbye Hugo.

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 3:08 PM  

Brian

Anonymous Leonidas September 04, 2016 3:16 PM  

Anybody know the vote totals yet?

Blogger Quintus Maximus September 04, 2016 3:20 PM  

They've not released them afaik. This is a massive win for Castalia. Well deserved!

OpenID frankluke September 04, 2016 3:21 PM  

Awesome! Awarded because the books were good, not because the authors checked enough boxes!

Anonymous Rawle Nyanzi September 04, 2016 3:23 PM  

Yes. My pick for best fantasy novel made it. Today is a good day!

Anonymous Jon Bromfield September 04, 2016 3:24 PM  

Let the Leftards have the friggin' Hugo. Vox populi vox dei!

Anonymous Littlest Hellhound September 04, 2016 3:25 PM  

Congratulations. Somewhither was by far the best fantasy (yes, fantasy) novel I read last year.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid September 04, 2016 3:28 PM  

Cole's book is also the best Star Trek in years. Somewhither is excellent. Congrats to all the very deserving winners.

Blogger J A Baker September 04, 2016 3:30 PM  

Congrats to the winners.

I'll be purchasing Somewhither next pay day. Look foward to reading it. Almost finished with CNTRL-ALT-Revolt, it's great.

OpenID sigsawyer September 04, 2016 3:30 PM  

Boss. Dragoncon is a hell of a time, sad I couldn't make it this year.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 3:31 PM  

Yeah, it's a fantasy...but it reads like SF because John handles the magic all nuts-and-bolty and because it is an alternate history.

Blogger Franz Lionheart September 04, 2016 3:32 PM  

Awesome! The true fans' award!

Blogger The Other Robot September 04, 2016 3:33 PM  

Wait, you mean those things pretending to be works of fiction that won the Hugos were not submitted, or were not judged worth?

Blogger F Harper September 04, 2016 3:37 PM  

2015 was peak SJW. The winning is just getting started.

Blogger buwaya puti September 04, 2016 3:46 PM  

Congratulations to Mr. Wright, who deserves it for Somewhither, and all of his other work.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 04, 2016 3:47 PM  

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Blogger seeingsights September 04, 2016 3:50 PM  

Wow, this is great news! And I'm optimistic about the future of Dragoncon.

Dragoncon is truly more diverse than the World Science Fiction Convention. Dragoncon has about 5 times more attendees than WorldCon, and more attractive attendees too. The books that were nominated, let alone won, represent the tastes of mainstream readers. Highly unlikely that Dragoncon will be hijacked by Social Justice Warriors.

Blogger Franz Lionheart September 04, 2016 3:52 PM  

Somewhither, Ctrl Alt Revolt, Son of the Black Sword. All worthy, fantastic (in every meaning of the word) works.

But the overall best imo has to be the Black Sword. Simply amazing, and such a tremendous improvement over the Monster Hunter series.

I haven't read Souldancer yet .... I certainly shall now.

Blogger VD September 04, 2016 3:56 PM  

Highly unlikely that Dragoncon will be hijacked by Social Justice Warriors.

They will try. Expect them to try to minimize the Dragon Awards at first, then put on a full-court press to try to win them.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 3:57 PM  

Declan Finn accepted for John. He suggested that he say: "Thank God, thank Jagi, thank Mom, thank the fans and thank Vox. And thank an award that appreciate good writing" John thought that was good.

If he said this...then the very first Dragon Award given, ever...someone thanked Vox. ;-)

Anonymous MendoScot September 04, 2016 3:58 PM  

seeingsights wrote:
Highly unlikely that Dragoncon will be hijacked by Social Justice Warriors.


They will try. Oh yes, they will.

Especially after the lesson of Hugos 2017.

Blogger The Other Robot September 04, 2016 4:01 PM  

Did Scalzi withdraw his nomination so he could not be defeated?

Anonymous Nathan September 04, 2016 4:02 PM  

Anyone have the full list of winners yet? My Google-fu has been lacking.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 04, 2016 4:04 PM  

(sniff)We all know that those books just pander to the (sniff) prejudices of the mob. They're not (sniff) real quality litrachure. Just because a commercial book wins tens of thousands of votes at (sniff) Dragoncon doesn't mean it's good writing. I mean, well, do they even have a (sniff) Code of Conduct at Dragoncon? Safe Spaces? They're all just (sniff) Racist Old White Men.
They're not welcoming and open, like we are. I mean we did eject that (sniff) Republican (shudder) troublemaker when he told us we were small-minded intolerant assholes. That's the sort of thing you have to just put up with at (sniff) Dragoncon. How would a Person of Color or genderfluid man-girl-child feel after that?

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 4:13 PM  

If he said this...then the very first Dragon Award given, ever...someone thanked Vox. ;-)

Did the earth stop spinning on it's axis?

Anonymous 6184 September 04, 2016 4:14 PM  

DAMN right! Congrats to all three! They were my ballot choices as well, good to see a well deserved win.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 4:16 PM  

Can't find the whole list:
Somewhither
Son of the Black Sword
A Dave Weber book
Alt Control Revolt by Nick Cole
Soul Dancer by Brian Niemeier
A Terry Pratchett book
Neil Gaiman
Ms. Marvel
Game of Thrones
The Martian
Call of Cthulhu (for games)
Fallout 4
And a couple of other games that I didn't memorize.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 04, 2016 4:24 PM  

Mike Glyer has the results over at file770, along with all the idiot virtue signalling commentary you could wish for.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 4:26 PM  

Best Science Fiction Novel

Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
Best Fantasy Novel

Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)
Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)
Best Alternate History Novel

League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Best Apocalyptic Novel

Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)
Best Horror Novel

Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)
Best Comic Book

Ms. Marvel
Best Graphic Novel

The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Game of Thrones
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

The Martian
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 4:29 PM  

The tears are flowing: https://mobile.twitter.com/didic/status/772524872018829313/photo/1

Anonymous IncoherentM September 04, 2016 4:33 PM  

Congratulations to those well deserving authors and works!

The disqualify is strong over at File 770.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit September 04, 2016 4:34 PM  

@35 indeed, while insisting that they don't care, these freaks still find the time to complain that books were judged on writing and not the author's skin color or admitted deviancies - shocking!

Blogger pyrrhus September 04, 2016 4:39 PM  

My only complaint is the absence of Man in the High Castle...

Blogger photog September 04, 2016 4:39 PM  

Mostly excellent results but Dead Pool lost. I thought it was much better than The Martian. Well there's no accounting for taste.

Blogger buwaya puti September 04, 2016 4:41 PM  

See File 770 - I think Glyer is implying VD gamed it.

Blogger buwaya puti September 04, 2016 4:41 PM  

See File 770 - I think Glyer is implying VD gamed it.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 4:41 PM  

On File 770 someone asked how Hugos affect sales. I responded that according to the late David Hartwell, not at all...maybe a modest bump, and that he also said that the World Fantasy Award winners actually lost sales.

Someone else, however, responded that the Hugo definitely helped, because NKJ was getting interviews and articles.

...

Not something the next winner of the Hugos can look forward to.

Blogger Dave September 04, 2016 4:42 PM  

John Scalzi
@scalzi
Aug 24
Lots of good stuff up for the Dragon Awards this year -- and it's their first time round. Check it out and vote. twitter.com/AletheaKontis/…


Can't forget this tweet.

Blogger Banjo September 04, 2016 4:43 PM  

I've read, and immensely enjoyed, all those mentioned in th OP. I would not have found them were it not for this blog. So congrats to the winners and thanks to our host.

Dicks out for the Hugos?

Blogger Rantor September 04, 2016 4:43 PM  

Congrats! I thoroughly enjoyed "Somewhither" and "Ctrl-Alt-Revolt" will take a look at the others.

Blogger EscapeVelocity September 04, 2016 4:47 PM  

Novick, Ms Marvel, & Neil Gaiman won too. This was a true expression of fandom

Blogger VD September 04, 2016 4:47 PM  

See File 770 - I think Glyer is implying VD gamed it.

If I had, Deadpool would have won.

Blogger Terry Weatherby September 04, 2016 4:49 PM  

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Anonymous Steve September 04, 2016 4:50 PM  

Congratulations chaps!

All the winners I've read thoroughly deserved their recognition.

SOMEWHITHER - absolutely smashing fantasy adventure story. I loved, loved, LOVED it. It deserves a bunch of sequels, a movie and a TV show.

SON OF THE BLACK SWORD - Ditto. I thought Larry Correia was firing on all cylinders for NEMESIS, but it turns out he was just warming up.

CTRL-ALT-REVOLT - this introduced me to Nick Cole, who is one of the best new SF authors in years. It's a bit like READY PLAYER ONE, if that book was awesome. Tons of fun.

I haven't got around to Brian Niemeier's SOULDANCER yet, but I really liked NETHEREAL so am looking forward to it.

Novels like this are the reason I read SFF. Amazing tales, every one.

Blogger residentMoron September 04, 2016 4:56 PM  

Congratulations to John Wright, a most deserving winner. Also to Nick Cole, Larry Correia and Brian Niemeier.

Many thanks and congratulations to Vox Day and Castalia House!

Anonymous Wyrd September 04, 2016 5:02 PM  

Congrats to John Wright. Just bought Somewhither. Loved Iron Chamber Of Memory.

And congrats to Correla and Cole for their wins. Loved their Son Of The Black Sword and Ctrl-Alt-Revolt as well.

Blogger Nick S September 04, 2016 5:07 PM  

I'm proud of all you guys.

"Oh the times they are a changing." - Bob Dylan

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 04, 2016 5:10 PM  

Special congratulations to John Scalzi; for having successfully predicted how well he would done at the Dragon's Awards.

Blogger Nick S September 04, 2016 5:11 PM  

I'm proud of all you guys.

"Oh the times they are a changing." - Bob Dylan

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 04, 2016 5:14 PM  

Anybody know if Gaiman was as gracious at the Dragon's as he was at the Hugos?

Nice speech Neil! Did Jonathon Ross write it for you?

Blogger J A Baker September 04, 2016 5:20 PM  

Hahaha, yeah I saw some of the comments over at 770. Who are the conspiracy theorists now?

But, those awards look pretty cool.

Blogger EscapeVelocity September 04, 2016 5:21 PM  

Also Terry Pratchett won in YA instead of Changlings Son

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 04, 2016 5:30 PM  

Also Terry Pratchett won in YA instead of Changlings Son

Honoring Terry Pratchett's memory (and it is his memory at this point, I'm pretty sure his daughter wrote that one), is probably good thing.

It gives the Dragons a touch of formality as well as dignity.

Blogger VFM #7634 September 04, 2016 5:41 PM  

I suppose that's one way to burn down the Hugo Awards... with Dragons.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 04, 2016 5:59 PM  

Considering that Hugo Gernsback would have been hard pressed even to send a rejection letter for something as bad a Fifth Season, It's pretty clear that the Hugo awards have been replaced by an award that matters.

I am curious to see if there's a serious uptick in sales for the winners this week.

Blogger Jack Ward September 04, 2016 6:04 PM  

@59 Uptick sales? I will probably get Larry's Son of Black Sword [finally] Read Ctrl Alt Delete; and, just thinking of it may tripper a re-read. And, JCW; of course.

Question: Has anyone read Black Rain by Delaney? May get it but want some input first. Jack Delaney, I think he is.

Anonymous Napoeon 12pdr September 04, 2016 6:08 PM  

Vive Monsieur Wright! Vive Monsiuer Correia! The Legion d'Honneur for both of them!

Anonymous MendoScot September 04, 2016 6:12 PM  

How about "There's a slow train coming"?

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 04, 2016 6:15 PM  

residentMoron wrote:Congratulations to John Wright, a most deserving winner. Also to Nick Cole, Larry Correia and Brian Niemeier.

Many thanks and congratulations to Vox Day and Castalia House!



Yes. Congratulations!

Anonymous Somme Body September 04, 2016 6:19 PM  

@35 That guy's feed is salty.

>Yup. This was pretty much designed to be the Puppy Award, which is part of why I'm delighted Ms. Marvel won.

Like there was much to vote for in that category. Though maybe Dixon's Clinton's Cash will be eligible next year or something.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 04, 2016 6:20 PM  

VD wrote:ighly unlikely that Dragoncon will be hijacked by Social Justice Warriors.

They will try. Expect them to try to minimize the Dragon Awards at first, then put on a full-court press to try to win them.


Ah. A scientific predictio... oh:

Didi Chanoch – ‏@didic
@MeghDrummond Appalling, yes. Not super disappointing imo, because the award was practically built to be a Puppy show. 1:15 PM - 4 Sep 2016

Thomas Wagner – ‏@SFF180
@didic @MeghDrummond Yeah, it's hardly disappointing that non-prestigious work wins awards with no prestige. 3:02 PM - 4 Sep 2016

Blogger Bard September 04, 2016 6:50 PM  

Wow. What a start. Have Control Alt downloaded and plan to start it tomorrow. Congrats to the writers. John and Brian are very original and creative.

Blogger The Other Robot September 04, 2016 7:00 PM  

Perhaps Microsoft can help the SWFA folks by creating a safe echo chamber for them.

Anonymous David September 04, 2016 7:02 PM  

Excellent, excellent news. Hugo eaten by Dragon!

Blogger Pseudotsuga September 04, 2016 7:05 PM  

Congratulations to the winners-- people seem actually LIKE these stories, rather than just voting for the cause du jour.
It is telling that the "others" just cannot congratulate the winners and then leave it alone. No, they must trash and spin and spit all over it.
This typical SJW behavior is what drives me away from compromise with them -- they claim they want diversity and equality, but they don't. They pretend not to care with their sneers and prevarications...but they really do, because they can never admit that perhaps what they hold dear is simply rubbish.

Blogger JWM September 04, 2016 7:18 PM  

Somewhither, and Ctrl Alt Revolt are going on the Kindle tonight.
Congratulations John C Wright, Brian Niemeier, and everyone else.

JWM

Anonymous Wyrd September 04, 2016 7:19 PM  

Wright explains why Dragoncon is great:

http://www.scifiwright.com/2016/08/dragoncon-and-worldcon/

Anonymous URL IRL September 04, 2016 7:40 PM  

Congrats to all!

Blogger Silly But True September 04, 2016 7:50 PM  

The observation: I will not see the following headline anywhere:
"Just 3 years after repeat offender multiple-child molester Ed Kramer quits owning DragonCon, John C. Wright wins best Science Fiction Novel and Larry Correia wins best Fantasy in the same year Worldcon No Awards Moira Greyland."

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 04, 2016 7:59 PM  

Out of curiosity does anybody know what the ballot numbers were?

Anonymous dh September 04, 2016 8:12 PM  

Dragoncon and some of the other new cons is so much a better representation of fandom that it's comical. Worldcon is the fandom of old: old ideas, old people, old women, old men, old old old.

When I see the crowd at Dragoncon, I see actual diversity. More types of art, more stories, more characters, more types of fans, young fans, old fans, middle-aged fans. I see female fans of more shapes than just "bowling ball". I see male fans that are of all different varieties.

Worldcon is on the way out, DragonCon is rising.

Blogger The Other Robot September 04, 2016 8:14 PM  

@75: Perhaps you can make that observation at File770.com.

Blogger S1AL September 04, 2016 8:20 PM  

For a group of SFF fans, the 770's are rather maladroit with regards to, y'know, reading.

Anonymous IsRaHoWaEl September 04, 2016 8:30 PM  

@46 Quibbling over Crtl-Alt-Right now as it was really rejected vanity press and not a CH book. The usual faggotry.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 04, 2016 8:53 PM  

VD wrote:See File 770 - I think Glyer is implying VD gamed it.

If I had, Deadpool would have won.


And CH would have swept all the categories, not just the ones they actually publish in. Any of the thousands of VFM, Ilk, etc. could have informed Glyer of this, but why spare the lolz?

Blogger Escoffier September 04, 2016 9:09 PM  

Am I the only person who found Deadpool kinda...meh?

Blogger Tim September 04, 2016 9:32 PM  

Are total sales available for Hugo vs Dragon winners? That would be interesting information.

Blogger horsewithnonick September 04, 2016 9:38 PM  

Nope.

Anonymous Dark Eldar September 04, 2016 9:39 PM  

No, but there's Amazon.

Somewither
$4.99 Kindle
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,055 Paid in Kindle Store

The Fifth Season
$9.99 Kindle, $9.52 Paperback
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587 Paid in Kindle Store
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873 in Books

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 10:00 PM  

It wasn't the Hugo that put NKJ up that high...it was the Atlantic interview and other such.

Blogger Zaklog the Great September 04, 2016 10:00 PM  

Okay, guys, a few of you have expressed interest in an Ilk reading group for Aristotle's Rhetoric. It exists. Feel free to join in.

Just FYI, I have also invited the readership of John C. Wright's blog.

https://disqus.com/home/channel/thedreadilkreads/discussion/channel-thedreadilkreads/preparatory_matters/

Blogger Dire Badger September 04, 2016 10:17 PM  

The biggest thing that pisses me off about 'a game of thrones' is that I can name every single damned fantasy trope Martin has stolen, and cite where he has stolen it from.

It shocks me that a lot of the writers don't sue him for IP violation. At least the ones that are not dead.

Blogger John Wright September 04, 2016 10:47 PM  

@87
John C Wright, wearing a striped shirt, domino mask, and cap, is holding a large bag in his hand labeled 'swag'. He tries unsuccessfully to hide it behind his back, and look innocent.

"Yeah, those writers who steal ideas from other writers should be punished! Get them!

"Meanwhile I will be writing my new and completely original book about an orphan boy who discovers he is a vampire apprentice that sparkles in the twilight and knows wizard magic! And enters Star Fleet as the youngest vampire wizard star captain ever! Fighting a Dark Lord!"

Nothing is new under the sun.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr September 04, 2016 10:52 PM  

@88 John Wright:

True. The difference between good writers and unprofessional hacks is that good writers are honest about the theft...and have the dignity to change things around.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 04, 2016 11:13 PM  

@81 You have to accept the mood of the piece, Escoffier. It does its best, but if you don't want it in some way, it can't make you want it.

You have to want Colossus, the real Colossus, done the way he should always have been done, with just the tiniest bit of exaggeration, for example.

Blogger Austin Ballast September 04, 2016 11:32 PM  

The Islamic Ms. Marvel?

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 04, 2016 11:40 PM  

John Wright wrote:Nothing is new under the sun.

You stole that line; I'm sure of it. But it's wrong and it's a limiting belief.

Blogger lowercaseb September 04, 2016 11:40 PM  

John Wright wrote:"Meanwhile I will be writing my new and completely original book about an orphan boy who discovers he is a vampire apprentice that sparkles in the twilight and knows wizard magic! And enters Star Fleet as the youngest vampire wizard star captain ever! Fighting a Dark Lord!"

Where do I tell the dumptrucks to deliver your advance money?

Blogger lowercaseb September 04, 2016 11:41 PM  

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Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 04, 2016 11:42 PM  

John Wright wrote:@87

John C Wright, wearing a striped shirt, domino mask, and cap, is holding a large bag in his hand labeled 'swag'. He tries unsuccessfully to hide it behind his back, and look innocent.


And most congratulations on your new DragonCon award! Can't hide that one.

Blogger Nate September 04, 2016 11:58 PM  

CH is the only publisher with multiple wins.

Micro publisher yall

Blogger Brian Niemeier September 05, 2016 12:01 AM  

Thanks for the kind words, everybody. And congratulations to John, Nick, Larry, and all of the winners!

While you're at it, dear readers, congratulate yourselves. You won this victory.

@84: Amazon rankings are on a delay. Somewhither's rank as of this writing reflects its sales right after the Dragon winners were announced. It's already in the top 7500. That means its sales roughly doubled within an hour. Give it a week.

That's leaving aside the crucial question of what each book's rank was before it won.

By the way, if you think #587 is good, consider that I got Souldancer into the top 100 free Kindle books, which requires moving the same number of copies as the paid list, after LOSING the Campbell.

TL;DR: KDP Select Free Day > the most prestigious Hugo.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit September 05, 2016 12:43 AM  

@57 Also Terry Pratchett won in YA instead of Changlings Son

As, I wrote elsewhere... I've read them both, and Mr. Freer's book is hands down the better young adult novel. I personally, enjoyed it better, because I generally like SF better than fantasy, and Freer built a more interesting alien world. But adult readers without my preferences could go either way.

But in realio-trulio fan-favourite award, in a dead heat, the fan fave author will win.

It's a good sign for the Dragon.


I've been holding my breath (metaphorically speaking) since the award was announced. Because I had an hypothesis: despite the claims about the relative virtues of the Rabid Puppies versus the Campaigners to End Puppy-Related Sadness, both of them are hands-down more ethical, more just, and yes, with apologies to our host, more egalitarian then any of the Puppy Kickers.

If you are looking for a moral victory, may I draw your attention to the dog that did not bark in the night.

At every stage in the Dragon awards the SJWs claimed loudly and publicly that these were infested and dominated by the various "puppies."

And yet, SJW fan-favourites, including the egregious Ancillary Noun and other Puppy-Kicker choices like Ms Marvel, not only made the ballot, but also won.

Where were the hordes of alt-Righters kicking up dust on social media demanding that these workkks be put down and shut out? Where was the international campaign of denunciation and slander against their creators and the fans that nominated them? Where was daily vitriol on our websites?

All I ever saw from all y'all, was: "Books and media I like could be up for a Dragon Award. They are open to everyone. Go vote."

It is almost as if, when it came to these fandom awards, you folks: the ones they excoriate for supposedly being white supremacists, racists, and this-haters, and that-o-phobes were morally superior to them in every way.

Ca ira.

Blogger The Other Robot September 05, 2016 1:51 AM  

@84: I wonder how many of those people who purchased Fifth Season feel ripped off?

Anonymous Coral September 05, 2016 1:55 AM  

While I have promoted The Dragon Awards in my bookstore as a replacement for the lamentable Hugo's, I can't do much for winners that lack a print edition. Will there one day be print editions with retail distribution for Castalia House titles, or are brick-and-mortar bookstores out of luck?

Blogger John Wright September 05, 2016 2:49 AM  

O frabjous day callooh callay!

The relish on the meat is that the Morlocks over on File 770 will lose what little is left of their minds when they hear someone won based on merit, not on political correctness or pull or bull, and their dark, cramped, crooked hearts like scurrying insects will take shelter in whatever paranoid fantasies their inner demons will concoct to soothe them, and keep the hateful truth at bay.

Hugos delenda est.

I hope the Evil Legion of Evil Authors will continue to burn the undead mockery of the Hugos to the ground, until nothing is left but cratered rubble to the horizon, and by one broken and crumbling pink wall of once was a safe space, an overweight, weeping dinosaur bride or were-seal crying over the torn fragment of a nongenderbinary cat picture.

Anonymous ChildofOldLeech September 05, 2016 3:44 AM  

"Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

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

Just in case someone thought how this award has any actual legitimacy.

Anonymous ChildofOldLeech September 05, 2016 3:47 AM  

John Wright wrote:The relish on the meat is that the Morlocks over on File 770 will lose what little is left of their minds when they hear someone won based on merit
One always says how award is based on merit when one wins it. Just like with SJWs and their Hugos. Somewhiter is far from your actually worthwhile works, let alone from being a best SF novel of the year.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 3:53 AM  

Will there one day be print editions with retail distribution for Castalia House titles, or are brick-and-mortar bookstores out of luck?

There already is for Ctrl-Alt-Revolt, which is available in both paperback and hardcover editions. Last month, 24 percent of our sales were print, and most of our print sales did not go through Amazon.

Anonymous Clay September 05, 2016 4:08 AM  

Did I do something wrong? John Wright recommended an author, but before I could get his name, (Zelaney?), our convo disappeared...?

Blogger Markku September 05, 2016 4:09 AM  

Coral, and anybody else in the book retail business: All hardcopy editions that we have published, and will publish, can be found in the Ingram Catalog. They are NOT in the more pricey Ingram Advance Catalog.

You can find information here, or contact Ingram, to tap into the distribution network. We have no special sweetheart deals with any distributor for hardcopies, so you will be getting the exact same terms as Amazon does.

Blogger John Wright September 05, 2016 4:12 AM  

Roger Zelazny. A Dark Traveling

http://www.abebooks.com/9780380705672/Dark-Traveling-Zelazny-Roger-Woods-0380705672/plp

I also recommend LORD OF LIGHT, NINE PRINCES IN AMBER, NIGHT IN A LONESOME OCTOBER and the short story 'For Breath I Tarry'.

Anonymous Anonymous September 05, 2016 4:12 AM  

wow actually good books at a sci fi award. how da heck did this happen. i guess the sjws are waiting for them to get more popularity before they can start race and gender baiting

Anonymous Clay September 05, 2016 4:14 AM  

Thanks.

Blogger John Wright September 05, 2016 4:22 AM  

@103

"Somewhiter [sic] is far from your actually worthwhile works, let alone from being a best SF novel of the year."

I agree, but who am I to argue with the majority? The voice of the people is the voice of the divine.

"One always says how award is based on merit when one wins it. Just like with SJWs and their Hugos. "

(Dear Lord, forgive them, they know not what bullshite they spew.)

I will explain this phenomenon to you, since apparently you were not paying attention to the science fiction field these last twenty years.

You see, when one side, let us call them the Morlocks, lies and lies, and logrolls the election, and buys votes, and honest men oppose them, the Morlocks accuse the honest men of their own flaws.

That is because that is what they do. It is their mode of operation, and the only tactic they know.

The honest men object and call bullshit on the results, which any man with eyes to see can see.

Likewise, when honest men vote in an fair election and the tally is sound, the liars are required to level the same accusations. And they are laughably false.

I do not even know who is running DraconCon. How did I logroll the election? Whose vote did I buy?

I asked the mom of the boy scout who comes over to my house to play D&D to my sons to vote for Somewhither.

I think that is the only person I asked to vote for me, aside from a blog post.

So shut the full cup, Wormtongue.

Of course the devils make the same accusations as the angels. The difference is devils lie, and it perfectly obvious to anyone who looks.

So look. The thing was not done in a corner.

Blogger VD September 05, 2016 4:23 AM  

I'll second LORD OF LIGHT and NINE PRINCES IN AMBER. The latter series falls apart once it gets to Chaos, though.

Anonymous John C. Clay September 05, 2016 4:28 AM  

LOL. Ok.

You've got the attitude...when can you use the "nasty" words?

God Bless you and yours.

Blogger Ostar September 05, 2016 4:34 AM  

John Wright wrote:Roger Zelazny. A Dark Traveling

I also recommend LORD OF LIGHT, NINE PRINCES IN AMBER, NIGHT IN A LONESOME OCTOBER and the short story 'For Breath I Tarry'.


You, sir, have gone up in my estimation, and you already occupied stratospheric heights for your writing and apologetics talents.

Blogger John Wright September 05, 2016 4:42 AM  

"You, sir, have gone up in my estimation, and you already occupied stratospheric heights for your writing and apologetics talents."

Yup. I steal from the best. (ORPHANS OF CHAOS was my homage to Amber)

Blogger John Wright September 05, 2016 4:43 AM  

"You, sir, have gone up in my estimation, and you already occupied stratospheric heights for your writing and apologetics talents."

Yup. I steal from the best. (ORPHANS OF CHAOS was my homage to Amber)

Blogger residentMoron September 05, 2016 4:55 AM  

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Anonymous Clay September 05, 2016 4:57 AM  

Uh huh.

Seems like you've got a "nice" side to you as well.

Lemme guess what side of that family came from?

Blogger residentMoron September 05, 2016 5:37 AM  

Lord of Light has long been on my top 5 list of novels.

I really enjoyed the Amber series, but it suffers from the same problems as all 10 book series that were not intended to be such; the author ran out of interesting ideas before he ran out of contract advances.

(And even for a series designed from ground up to be 10 books long, one suspects very few authors have the creativity to sustain such an arc.)

I loved the first three novels of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, for example, but after that it became more obvious with each successive issue that he had no idea how to finish it.

The final book he wrote made me want to torture him with Vogon poetry read by Steve Urkel combined with nails on chalkboard.

Blogger Fenris Wulf September 05, 2016 8:10 AM  

Zelazny's CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS is very inventive. Upon re-reading, it's a lot more like a proto-Douglas Adams than I remembered.

Blogger Tim September 05, 2016 8:13 AM  

Not sure how we got to Zelazny, but he is in my top 5 all time favorites. If you like his work, try and find Changeling and Madwand, and Dilvish the Damned and The Changing Land. But I agree with everyone about A Night in the Lonesome October, a truly great novel. Spoiler alert...........Only Zelazny could write a book with Jack the Ripper as the hero..and make it work to perfection.

Anonymous keener September 05, 2016 9:14 AM  

Congratulations to John Wright and Nick Cole and I will read the others as soon as payday comes around, so happy that deserving, good writers are recognized and lauded!

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx September 05, 2016 9:44 AM  

John Wright wrote:O frabjous day callooh callay!

The relish on the meat is that the Morlocks over on File 770 will lose what little is left of their minds when they hear someone won based on merit, not on political correctness or pull or bull, and their dark, cramped, crooked hearts like scurrying insects will take shelter in whatever paranoid fantasies their inner demons will concoct to soothe them, and keep the hateful truth at bay.

Hugos delenda est.

I hope the Evil Legion of Evil Authors will continue to burn the undead mockery of the Hugos to the ground, until nothing is left but cratered rubble to the horizon, and by one broken and crumbling pink wall of once was a safe space, an overweight, weeping dinosaur bride or were-seal crying over the torn fragment of a nongenderbinary cat picture.



Wow, Mr. Wright, that is really good! I have this idea for a story but i cant rite so good. It's sort of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets The Count of Monte Cristo meets The Lord of the Rings. The protagonist escapes from a combo thought prison/mental asylum, then goes on to raise an army using a global communications system. They start off slowly, then gather momentum, to eventually sweep the planet clear of SJW. Can you help write this or are you too busy living it?

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 05, 2016 11:29 AM  

I am, as anyone who has read anything I write knows, an devout fan of Roger Zelazny.

I think Brian Niemeier's stuff is a bit like Zelazny's sf. In particular, Nethereal reminds me of Creatures of Light and Darkness.

What happened to the excerpt from Swan Knight's Son that was above this?

Blogger Were-Puppy September 05, 2016 12:16 PM  

@1 MendoScot
FUCK YEAH!
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DRAGON AWARDS - FUCK YEAH!*

*to the tune of Team America

Blogger Were-Puppy September 05, 2016 12:19 PM  

@15 sigsawyer
Boss. Dragoncon is a hell of a time, sad I couldn't make it this year.
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Me too. I haven't been in a couple years due to health issues. But that will be resolved hopefully by next year.

It's very different than what I saw described of the world con. At Dragon con its feels like everybody there is putting the world aside to have fun, enjoy hobbies, and forget the cares of the world for a few days. And the parade is pure entertainment drawing crowds each year that aren't even attending the con. they just want to see.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 05, 2016 12:33 PM  

@88 John Wright

John C Wright, wearing a striped shirt, domino mask, and cap, is holding a large bag in his hand labeled 'swag'. He tries unsuccessfully to hide it behind his back, and look innocent.
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Mr. Wright, may I suggest you get a nephew or some such to follow you around at the con wearing a backpack? It works for me.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 05, 2016 12:34 PM  

@91 Austin Ballast
The Islamic Ms. Marvel?
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It has to be, since the real one came out in the 70s IIRC

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 1:06 PM  

Mr. Wright, may I suggest you get a nephew or some such to follow you around at the con wearing a backpack? It works for me.

Child abuse.

Blogger Dave September 05, 2016 1:13 PM  

What happened to the excerpt from Swan Knight's Son that was above this?

I thought they might be only temporary but the first excerpt posted is still up?

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 05, 2016 1:41 PM  

@125 John has two sons who would be idea for such a job. (He has three sons, but two who would be idea for the job of junior story thief.)

@128 Thanks.

Blogger S1AL September 05, 2016 10:50 PM  

In case anyone needed more evidence that the 770's are both ancient and out-of-touch:

"? Maybe airboy means something different by “gamers” than the meaning I grew up with? Because my husband, my brother, and I all take turns running and playing RPGs like D&D and White Wolf, and I hadn’t noticed Baen offering much in that market."

Blogger 1337kestrel September 05, 2016 10:58 PM  

Dead pool tried too hard and the 'edgy' humor wasn't actually funny,

Still a great departure from all the other crap. I would watch again.

Blogger 1337kestrel September 05, 2016 11:36 PM  

Somewither was the best plotted JCW novel to date. If you refer another of his works, it's because of the extra elements that he adds on top of the bare minimum requirements of a novel- the 50 ideas per page of the Golden Age, the mythological struggles of the Count to the Eschaton, the weird pathos of the Night Lands...

Somewither was the perfectly prepared sushi roll prepared by a master chef. Not bland, but magnificent execution of the concept. And frankly, I didn't think he could pull off a thriller style page turner.

Blogger bob k. mando September 06, 2016 12:15 AM  

127. Dave September 05, 2016 1:06 PM
Child abuse.


is perfectly acceptable as an "alternative lifestyle choice" at WorldCon.

Anonymous 6184 September 06, 2016 8:34 PM  

Definitely Lord of Light on my top 10 list.

The Chronicles of Amber compendium was one of the very first SF/F novels that I ever read. Loved that, still re-read it every few years.

The second half in Chaos is good but not as good as the first half. The craptastic ending..ugh...I once read that some folks attributed that to Zelazny's own lack of a father in his life.

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