Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Dragon Award 2019 nominations

With the Dragon Awards picking up steam in discussions as of late, here are my current choices for the categories. The Award eligibility period is July 2018-June 2019, and the nominations remain open until 19 July, 2019. Unlike other awards, there is no cost for nominating or voting.

Not all categories have selections, especially gaming, TV, and movies. Also, unlike the Hugos, voters only nominate one title per category, which means that there are a couple hard choices to make. Fortunately, there's still a couple months before the deadline.

Best Science FictionCombat Frame XSeed, by Brian Niemeier, or Pop Kult Warlord, by Nick Cole, if Brian declines.

Best Fantasy - Sword of Kaigen, by M. L. Wang or Sowing Dragon Teeth, by James Alderdice. 

Best Young Adult - Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, vol. 12, by Fujino Omori. It's a decent novel, horribly misleading title. Rather than the adventures of a rake, a young teen decides to be an adventurer, but has to get rescued when he gets in over his head. He crushes on his rescuer, and the puppy love drives him to become a hero worthy of fighting by her side.

Best milSF - I like Retribution better, but Jason Anspach and Nick Cole want the fans to get behind Galaxy's Edge: Order of the Centurion

Best Media Tie-In - Realmslayer, by David Guymer

Best ComicsAlt-Hero Q #1

Best Graphic Novel - Conan le Cimmérien - Le Colosse noir, or Elric, the White Wolf, vol 1. by Julien Blondel, et al.

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mini Game - Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team


A few comments on the Dragons. It is good to see a fan-oriented science fiction award that fits the current practices of other Internet Age awards. That said, short fiction exists, and it would be nice for the Dragons to acknowledge this admittedly atomized field. Maybe in the future?

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