Saturday, July 07, 2018

Dragon Awards 2018

Here are my recommendations for the 2018 Dragon Awards. In the comic book category, note that they want the series name first, then the issue and publisher. And while it might seem a bit much to put John C. Wright's novels forward in both categories, frankly, I defy you to find a better science fiction novel published in the last year than Superluminary: The Lords of Creation or a better fantasy novel than Tithe to Tartarus. The man is simply the greatest science fiction author alive, and I say that despite being a hard-core fan of both Neal Stephenson and China Mieville.

The rules follow. Be sure to get your nominations in before the deadline. I'll post a reminder as we get closer to it.

Once you have submitted a nomination for a category you cannot change it. If you are not sure about a category, then leave it blank. You can come back at a later date and add nominations for any category you leave blank using this same form. Make sure your name (First and Last), and the email address match your original submission. No need to fill in your original nominations, the form will append the new nominations to your prior list. Do not nominate a book for more than one category. If the same book is added more than once, all your nominations will be null.

Nomination Deadline: July 20, 2018. We encourage you to get your nominations in early.

Best Science Fiction Novel
Superluminary: The Lords of Creation
John C. Wright

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Tithe to Tartarus
John C. Wright

Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
Young Man's War
Rod Walker

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Wardogs Inc. #1 Battlesuit Bastards
G.D. Stark

Best Alternate History Novel
Hammer of the Witches
Kai Wai Cheah

Best Media Tie-In Novel   
Before the Storm (World of Warcraft)
Christie Golden

Best Horror Novel    
The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack
Nate Crowley

Best Comic Book
Alt-Hero #2 Rebel's Cell, Arkhaven Comics

Best Graphic Novel
Rebel Dead Revenge
Gary Kwapisz, Dark Legion Comics

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series, TV or Internet
Stranger Things

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Incredibles 2
Brad Bird

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Warhorse Studios

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
The 7th Continent
Serious Poulp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Starship Samurai
Plaid Hat Games

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Blogger tublecane July 07, 2018 7:11 AM  

I, like many, found last season of Stranger Things to be uncomfortable in a Pizzagate sense. But I'm not aware of any better series. Game of Thrones went to crap.

Blogger VD July 07, 2018 7:16 AM  

I like Supernatural a lot. But no one ever votes for it and Stranger Things is very good despite its flaws and possible sketchiness.

Blogger Lurker July 07, 2018 7:51 AM  

Best Science Fiction Movie - Incredibles 2!?

How about Avengers:Infinity War?

Blogger VD July 07, 2018 8:04 AM  

How about Avengers:Infinity War?

Not even close. The Incredibles 2 isn't as good as the first one, but it's much better from a story-telling and character perspective, even if it's not as much of a spectacle.

Blogger Lurker July 07, 2018 8:15 AM  

Not even close.

Heard it was cucked.

Blogger Unknown July 07, 2018 8:18 AM  

Is Kingdom Come eligible? I don't believe it has any scifi or fantasy elements.

Blogger VD July 07, 2018 8:34 AM  

I don't believe it has any scifi or fantasy elements.

Like healing potions? It's very low fantasy, but it's clearly fantasy/alternate history.

Blogger VD July 07, 2018 8:48 AM  

Heard it was cucked.

And you think Infinity Wars wasn't? These are mainstream major motion pictures we are talking about here. They are ALL cucked to varying degrees.

Blogger ÆtherCzar July 07, 2018 9:48 AM  

I'd like the VFM to consider A Rambling Wreck as their selection in the "Alternate History" category of the Dragons. An Atlanta hometown favorite (set at Georgia Tech), my novel is already on Jon del Arroz's Happy Frogs List, it made Declan Finn's list of Dragon recommendations, and it was a Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance 2018 Book of the Year Finalist. Here's the blurb:

He's a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech!

Off to college for the education he'll need to defeat the guardians of the hidden truth, Peter must infiltrate a deadly conspiracy, thwart an attempted social justice takeover of the school, save his professors from assassination, and somehow find time to study for finals.

The stakes are now higher than ever. To succeed, Peter must discover who burned down the Tolliver Library, find new allies in his fight, and secure the assistance of the legendary George P. Burdell himself.

One reviewer said, "It’s sort of like what might happen if one of Heinlein’s juvenile heroes (say Kip from Have Spacesuit Will Travel) was thrust into the modern era and was forced to use SJWs Always Lie as his freshman orientation guide while battling the Black Hats."

What's more, Jack Ward stands with me... or at least with the previous novel in the series. Hope you will, too.

Blogger David The Good July 07, 2018 10:04 AM  

Heck yeah on "Young Man's War."

Blogger David The Good July 07, 2018 10:05 AM  

Though, no disrespect to John, but TURNED EARTH: A JACK BROCCOLI NOVEL was totally the best fantasy book of the last decade.

Blogger Unknown July 07, 2018 10:24 AM  

Infinity Wars was so broken it should be awarded a Razzie. I kept waiting for the "holy shit I got this kid into a space war and now he's going to die because of me" moment from Tony. They set it up and did nothing with it. Just bad writing.

Blogger David The Good July 07, 2018 10:24 AM  

Kai Wai Cheah is an impressive writer as well. Definitely.

Blogger Jack Ward July 07, 2018 10:36 AM  

@9 What's more, Jack Ward stands with me... or at least with the previous novel in the series. Hope you will, too.

Have read and liked both novels; and, looking forward to more of them. The writers bio alone gives him great cred. and, the writing backs that up.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 07, 2018 10:43 AM  

VD wrote:I like Supernatural a lot. But no one ever votes for it and Stranger Things is very good despite its flaws and possible sketchiness.

I don't think it qualified for this year's award but Netflix Lost in Space is worth a look.

It has actual science in it's science fiction and everything. That shocked the hell out of me.

Blogger ÆtherCzar July 07, 2018 10:58 AM  

@14 Thanks, Jack. Book 3 is nearly done and will be out later this year. Lots of great science fiction being written these days. Makes for some tough choices come award time.

Blogger Crazy Dave July 07, 2018 11:11 AM  

Agree with almost everything, but best military scifi for me goes to Galaxy's Edge, any of 'em.

Blogger Alfred Genesson July 07, 2018 11:18 AM  

Glad to see the push for 7th Continent. I don't agree with all the book picks, but it is a respectable list.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 07, 2018 11:25 AM  

Vox, you like Supernatural as in the TV series on CW with the two brothers?

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 07, 2018 11:26 AM  

That said, Stranger Things is a shoe in.

Although it did have a few problems.

On the whole a good show with a few problems. The first and most obvious to all of us was addressing the complaints of SJW Tumblrinas. The Duffer Brothers added more POCs, a major new girl character and a requisite cross racial romance (Sorry Dustin but we all knew it was going to be Lucas the moment both of you showed an interest in the same White girl). Oh, and endless moaning about the death of the thoroughly forgettable Barb.

The end result?

The non-Tumblrina fans were bored and annoyed about the Barb bitching. Meanwhile the SJWs being true to form, ignored the fact that they had been catered to and demanded more concessions. Sure the Mindflayer is evil but that is all he is. I mean in what way is he a metaphor for Donald Trump? Why isn't the Evil Thing clearly and obviously Donald Trump?

You cannot make these "people" happy. Don't try.

Blogger Bobiojimbo July 07, 2018 11:34 AM  

Starship Samurai looks good, but I haven't played it. How is it?

The only substitute I can offer its place would Rising Sun by CMON. Can any tell me if Rising Sun has won anything?

Blogger VD July 07, 2018 11:40 AM  

Although it did have a few problems.

Without question. But it was still different and better than anything else out there in the category. I liked Westworld better myself, but it had all of the problems you mentioned and more.

Blogger Starboard July 07, 2018 11:53 AM  

Did Lost in Space get better? The first episodes were maddening. Extremely capable dad who keeps losing kids, kids doing remarkably stupid stuff, and a super magical robot who saves them. I found myself rooting for Dr. Smith.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau July 07, 2018 12:39 PM  

I like The Expanse as Television show and Hull Breach by Clarion Games as the Card Game.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 07, 2018 1:13 PM  

Starboard wrote:Did Lost in Space get better?

No, not really. If you weren't into it by the second episode you weren't going to be. YMMV.

Skylark Thibedeau wrote:I like The Expanse as Television show.

I must now view you with some concern, Skylark.

Last week I was subjected to a minor SJW siege for giving that show a thumbs down on my blog.

Blogger Starboard July 07, 2018 4:53 PM  

25. Thanks! I'll have to scroll back through your blog. Sorry to have missed it.

Blogger Bellomy July 07, 2018 4:54 PM  

Incredibles 2 was not as good as the original, but it was hesitantly better than Infinity War. I judge it more harshly because the original is quite simply one of the greatest movies ever made, period.

Blogger Bellomy July 07, 2018 4:57 PM  

Also the train sequence in Incredibles 2 is easily better than the action scenes in Infinity War, and I LIKED the action scenes in that film.

Blogger Jabari July 07, 2018 5:50 PM  

Hearthstone? Really?

Game used to be good, but the balance and actual gameplay has gone to crap. Mike Donais is an awful designer.

(Not that I have a better suggestion. The only other mobile game I play is FF Record Keeper, and while it's a great game and surprisingly deep, it's a gacha game and that disqualifies it for awards to me. *laugh*)

Blogger SirHamster July 07, 2018 7:24 PM  

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

VD, you play Hearthstone?

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 07, 2018 7:39 PM  

Amos Bellomy wrote:Incredibles 2 was not as good as the original, but it was hesitantly better than Infinity War. I judge it more harshly because the original is quite simply one of the greatest movies ever made, period.

It is a good movie. You can enjoy it as such but it is not in truth a good sequel.

Meaning the next movie in a sequence.

The trilogy is classically speaking, supposed to be the film analog of a three act play. The first act is sort of slice of life presentation. The second presents the protagonists at their lowest point. The third act is the resolution.

Incredibles II fails at this.

It's really just a different slice of life. This movie is more like a TV series where everything resets at the end of the episode.

Honestly, the only reason Brad Bird made it was the same reason that Andrew Stanton made "Finding Dory". He needed a nice slow pitch right across the center of the plate after making a live action film that was a box-office disaster.

Blogger Bellomy July 07, 2018 8:04 PM  

Nah, that's only if you're making an intentional trilogy. Sequels on their own can be episodic, and in the past, pulp era specifically, often were.

Blogger tuberman July 07, 2018 8:09 PM  

17. 63worldseries

Thanks, have to check this series out.

I will get out in a day or two to make picks:

Tithe to Tartarus
John C. Wright Will be one

And, Young Man's War by Walker will be another

Also, Alt-Hero #2 Rebel's Cell
and, Rebel Dead Revenge will be among my picks

Blogger tuberman July 07, 2018 8:23 PM  

Have not yet read, Hammer of the Witches
Kai Wai Cheah, but read one of his other novels and liked it.

nor, Wardogs Inc. #1 Battlesuit Bastards, which was next on my list.

Blogger tublecane July 07, 2018 8:43 PM  

@31- That's only if you're making a trilogy. And that's only one type of trilogy. The Star Wars type. What if your three-act play is a tragedy? King Lear definitely isn't at its lowest point in the middle. (It's not in three acts, admittedly. But it does have a beginning, middle, and end.)

James Bond has had like 27 installments, or whatever. You could only lump them into threes arbitrarily. There's nothing illegitimate about doing franchises that way.

Also, Incredibles II was definitely not like a sitcom in that everything ended up the way it was at the beginning. Prospects of future installments changed now that they have billionaire backing.

Blogger GK Chesterton July 07, 2018 8:50 PM  

Wolfe is still alive and it is pretty clear Wright would like to follow in his footsteps. Still need to read Superluminary though. The son loved the Moth series and is waiting for the second hardback to come out.

Blogger Bellomy July 07, 2018 9:14 PM  

I2 had issues. They handled Helen's character arc badly by noy giving her one and making her flawless while Bob did all the growing. I don't recommend giving money to the Mouse to watch it.

But as a whole it does a lot REALLY well and has superb action setpieces. It's no comparison to the near-perfect original but it's better than most Hollywood nowadays.

Blogger LastRedoubt July 08, 2018 12:32 AM  

Still need to catch up to Hammer of the Witches but I'm sure it's great given the first book. That said, I just read The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese released in 2017, and thought it was very well done.

For those who've read Peter Grant's new Mil SF series, that may be worth consideration. I believe Peter recommended the second book.

Blogger Dire Badger July 08, 2018 12:57 AM  

Is it just me, or is stranger things season 2 really piss poor compared to season 1?

I cannot even get past episode 4.

Blogger Skyler the Weird July 08, 2018 4:33 PM  

Sorry Cat but I like the Spaceship battles in the EXPANSE better than the Kwitsatz Haderach of SJW'S with Eleven.

Blogger Declan Finn July 09, 2018 10:04 PM  

For Best SF: I'd actually go for Karl Gallagher, Torchship Captain. Very David Weber ... I'm sure some people would compare it to Firefly, but this is actually GOOD. But I'm never going to argue against the master (JCW). I just haven't read it yet.

Fantasy: Try Russell Newquist, War Demons. I think you'd like it.

YA: I'm tempted to say Young Man's War just to find out if I can hear Scalzi's head explode from this far away. Though I'm going to keep voting for Jagi's Rachel Griffin novel until she wins one. So much better than that Potter crap...

For MilSFFF: I'm going with Daniel Humphrey's, though I'm certain Wardogs will get it.

Alt-History ... oy. that's a tosseup. But I'm going with AC above, and Hans Schantz's Rambling Wreck. Though Kai will almost undoubtedly make it on the finalist list.

Media Tie-In: I have no horse in this rate.

Horror: I don't think anyone will be surprised if I vote for "Good to the Last Drop"

Alt-Hero should be fun to see nominated. Though I don't know of Rebel Dead Revenge. And I have yet to see anything to make me interested in Stranger Things or Incredibles 2

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