2019 Dragon Awards Discussion

The Dragon Awards are open for voting … and we’re getting close to the cut off date for the nominees. Let the discussion begin.

And yes, I said discussion. I’d like people to come on, and tell me what you want to see nominated. Hell, I’ve already made adjustments to the list below. I haven’t changed who I’m voting for yet, since something would need to blow my socks off to change my mind. But I want to make certain that this become a DISCUSSION.

Now, again, please remember the eligibility is from the start of July 2018 to the end of June 2019.

So, let’s continue.

Yeah, it’s been a fast month. Hell, I feel like I just did this blog.

Though trust me, you have no idea how much I wanted to title this post “Sad Puppies 6, Zombie Puppies Bite Back,” but my click bait instinct has a filter.

Anyway, let the discussion begin. And yes, I’ve got additional suggestions kicking around from you folks who came to play

And yes, I said discussion. I’d like people to come on, and tell me what you want to see nominated. Hell, I’ve already made adjustments to the list below. I haven’t changed who I’m voting for yet, since something would need to blow my socks off to change my mind. But I want to make certain that this become a DISCUSSION.

Now, again, please remember the eligibility is from the start of July 2018 to the end of June 2019.

So, let’s continue.

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Best Science Fiction Novel

I have already reviewed Heroes Fall by Morgon Newquist. You might think …. whatever you like. But this was one Hell of a solid novel, and some of the best SF I’ve read in years.

What is it? Superheroes. If you liked Astro City, or JMS’s Rising Stars, or, hell, the MCU, you’re going to want to read this one, and I think you’re going to agree with me that it’s pretty kickass.

Now, as was suggested last time, Richard Paolinelli has a new book out, called When the Gods Fell.

A friend of mine, MA Rothman, has an SF book out that might be of interest.

Also, Christopher Ruocchio would like people to recall that his novel, Empire of Silence has also come out.

Nathan, from the Pulp Archivist has Pop Kult Warlord, by Cole.

A Mr John Boyd suggested in my comments on the April post for Causes of Separation by Travis Corcoran. It was seconded by Karl Gallagher. So there may be some competition this year.

Best Fantasy Novel 
(Including Paranormal)

I have not yet reviewed Bokerah Brumley’s “Keepers of New Haven: Woe for a Faerie” on my blog. However, I can tell you that it has some interesting ideas and concepts

I had considered putting one of Daniel Humphreys Paxton Locke novels up for this one (again, I got the ARC. Heh heh heh), but he was more interested in emphasizing another topic.

Also, to be honest, while I know the book is done, I don’t know when it’s going to be released, so there’s that too.

Nathan has thrown in a suggestions for this one:  Sword of Kaigen, by M. L. Wang. I honestly cannot speak to this one, since I haven’t read it yet. Though the price is $.99 today apparently, so that might be cool.

Karl Gallagher has sent me a copy of his book The Lost War, so I have to make time for that.

Best YA / Middle Grade Novel

Mutter mutter mutter. The Kings Regret by Ligon is not yet out, so you’ll have to take my word on it for this moment. I can’t say too much. It’s Steampunk YA.

Lucky for him, Jagi hasn’t come out with another Rachel Griffin novel.

Nathan, however, does have another option: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, vol. 12, by Omori… da heck? I have looked it up and concluded that yes, this is a novel, despite the cover. Honest. I was confused there for a moment.

 

Best Military SFF Novel

Daniel Humphrey’s A Place For War… Yes, this is what Daniel wanted to be nominated in instead of his Night’s Black Agents, so I concurred.

For the record, no, I have not yet read David Weber’s Uncompromising Honor. I suspect he will not need additional support.

Nathan (and apparently Anspach and Cole) has another thought: Galaxy’s Edge: Order of the Centurion.

Best Alternate History Novel

This was a tough one.

Because in addition to Hans Schantz’s Brave and the Bold (reviewed here), you also have yet again another Robert Kroese Iron Dragon novel …. which I will admit, I have not read, but let’s face it, Robert isn’t going to start to suck at this late date, now is he?  The Iron Dragon has been seconded by a John Boyd in my comments from April’s post.

So this should end well.

Best Media Tie-In Novel

Thrawn: Alliance
Timothy Zahn is doing a Thrawn novel. Your argument is so invalid, it’s not even funny.

Nathan at Pul Archivist wants to throw Realmslayer, by Guymer. It is apparently a Warhammer novel.

Best Horror Novel

This is funny, since by the time the Dragons comes out, I will have SIX horror novels eligible.

Hell Spawn
Death Cult
Infernal Affairs
City of Shadows
Crusader (Coming soon)
Deus Vult (Coming soon….ish)

….. But as I argued, it’s best to nominate Hell Spawn and move on. And if you disagree and would like to nominate one of the other books in another category … okay, but I’d like you not to split the vote too too much.

Please refer here for my thoughts on the matter.

Best Comic Book

Dark Maiden #2, by Jonathan Baird.

Joan of Arc fantasy comic book.

I dare you to find me something better.

Best Graphic Novel

Good question. Any ideas?

Nathan had one: Conan le Cimmérien – Le Colosse noir  …. I don’t know why Nathan wanted it in French, but okay.

Though I’m tempted to say the comic adaptations of PD Wodehouse by Chuck Dixon, just because Jeeves and Wooser are just so much fun.

Best SFF TV Series

I actually have a tossup on this one.

Okay, I had one. While I greatly enjoyed Reverie, which had some great ideas, solid executions, and generally well-done … the series is cancelled. I shouldn’t be surprised. It was a series over the summer.

So, I’m going to have to say God Friended Me … It might actually be one of the better shows out there, with a solid character arc for everyone, even the bit players. And everything fit together brilliantly in the end.

I await the next season to screw it up, because television.

Best SFF Movie

The Meg

No. No question. Just The Meg.

Yes, I’m biased. Damn straight. I’ve only waited 20 flipping years for this movie.

Though wouldn’t it be funny if it’s The Meg vs Aquaman?

Water on water violence.

Though I await people to just tell me “Endgame.”

Best SFF PC / Console Game

Spiderman, PS4, Insomniac games.

Yup. No hesitation. This was …. amazing.

As for … Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game ….
AND
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game….

No idea.

However, 

Best SFF Miniatures / Collectible Card 
/ Role-Playing Game….

Nathan to the rescue on this one: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Other nominees

You might remember that last year, I had at least half a dozen nominees for each category….

Nope. Not anymore.

Again, the upcoming Daniel Humphreys’ Come Seeling Night is something I’d suggest in paranormal, but he wanted military.

And unknown person commented that he wanted “Supersync by Kevin Inkenberry for Best Science Fiction novel”… but I can’t find any such person.  Unknown aslo seconded “A Pale Dawn for best Military Science Fiction novel.”

….So, yeah, right now, I’m out of alternate suggestions at the moment. Maybe I’m just out of authors. Heck, I would love to nominated Simon R Green for Night Fall… but it is one of his lesser works, and really dropped the ball for the finale of his magnum opus, largely by having it as a crossover with a series I truly and deeply hate.

However, author and publisher Chris Kennedy has a set of choices. I put them all in one place since he’s the one who gave me the most suggestions.

  • Best Science Fiction Novel – Salvage Title, Kevin Steverson
  • Best Fantasy Novel – A Tangled Fate, Jon R. Osborne
  • Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel – Black and White, Mark Wandrey (Which I cannot find to link to, so, sorry)
  • Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel – A Pale Dawn, Kennedy and Wandrey
  • Best Alternate History Novel – The World Asunder, Kacey Ezell (Again, not out, so I can’t link to it)
  • Best Media Tie-In Novel – The Replicant War, Chris Kennedy
  • Best Horror Novel – Darker Nights, Eric S. Brown
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game – Turbolance, Ryan Kennedy and Noah Bowden
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game – The Four Horsemen: Omega War, Clarion Games

If you want to give me alternate suggestions, please be sure to leave one in the comment — author, title, and genre category.

As of now, let the discussions begin.

And if you want to vote RIGHT THIS MINUTE, that would be here.

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About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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