Dragon Awards

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Dragon Awards
Awarded for Best science fiction, fantasy, horror, and alternate history works of previous year
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Country United States
Presented by Dragon Con
First awarded 2016
Website awards.dragoncon.org

The Dragon Awards are fan-voted awards that "recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy literature, comics, gaming and filmed entertainment". They are given out annually at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia since 2016.[1] The award process consists of two steps: a nomination step where each voter nominates one work of choice in each category, and a voting step where the finalists selected from the nominated works are voted on by each voter. The nominations and votes are collected electronically. Participation is available to everyone, requiring no membership or other fees to vote.[2]

The finalist shortlist for the first Dragon Awards was announced on August 11, 2016,[3] and the winners were announced on September 4.[4][5]

Controversy: The Dragon Awards have been criticized in Science-Fiction and fantasy fandom because of the appearance that the awards were created in conjunction with campaigns by the Rabid and Sad Puppies to attack the Hugo Award, giving the impression that Dragon Con as a convention is itself aligned with these campaigns. [6]

Critics, such as bloggers "Camestros Felapton", Mike Glyer of File 770, and their commenters,[7] have noted that the Dragon Awards process is not transparent, but "opaque".[8] According to the Dragon Awards process, "The Dragon Awards reserves the right to invalidate suspect or questionable ballots without notice." Language describing the review of nominations does not state that nominations are counted numerically but are "gathered and reviewed to create a final ballot."[9] Neither counts of nominations nor votes have ever been made public. The system for voting is done by email and unprotected Survey Monkey, and is easily subject to mass voting campaigns, whether by self-promoting authors, or by organized political groups. In its first year, the Dragon Awards lined up with the slate promoted by Vox Day[10]

In 2017, nominated authors, Allison Littlewood, John Scalzi, and N.K. Jemisin asked Dragon Con to remove their names from the ballot. John Scalzi then reconsidered and kept his name on the ballot. The Dragon Awards initially refused to remove authors names, and received criticism across blogs and Science-Fiction related publications. [11] [12] [13]


There are currently fifteen categories for the awards.

Winners[edit]

The full list of nominees ("shortlist") can be found at List of Dragon Award Nominees.

Best Science Fiction Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Somewhither: Being the First Part of A Tale of the Unwithering Realm John C. Wright Castalia House [14]
2017 Babylon's Ashes James S. A. Corey Orbit Books [15]
2018 Artemis Andy Weir Crown Publishing Group [16]

Best Fantasy Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Son of the Black Sword Larry Correia Baen Books [14]
2017 Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge Larry Correia, John Ringo Baen Books [15]
2018 Oathbringer Brandon Sanderson Tor Books [16]

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 The Shepherd's Crown Terry Pratchett Doubleday [14]
2017 The Hammer of Thor Rick Riordan Disney-Hyperion Books [15]
2018 Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi Henry Holt [16]

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Hell's Foundations Quiver David Weber Tor Books [14]
2017 Iron Dragoons Richard Fox Triplane Press [15]
2018 A Call to Vengeance Timothy Zahn, David Weber and Thomas Pope Baen Books [16]

Best Alternate History Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 League of Dragons Naomi Novik Del Rey Books [14]
2017 Fallout Harry Turtledove Del Rey Books [15]
2018 Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah A. Hoyt Baen Books [16]

Best Apocalyptic Novel[edit]

The category "Best Apocalyptic Novel" was removed from the awards in 2018.

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Ctrl Alt Revolt! Nick Cole self-published [14]
2017 Walkaway Cory Doctorow Tor Books [15][17]

Best Media Tie-In Novel[edit]

The category "Best Media Tie-In Novel" was first introduced in 2018.

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2018 Leia: Princess of Alderaan Claudia Gray Disney-Lucasfilm [16]

Best Horror Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Souldancer Brian Niemeier self-published [14]
2017 The Changeling Victor LaValle Spiegel & Grau [15]
2018 Sleeping Beauties Stephen King and Owen King Scribner [16]

Best Comic Book[edit]

Year Work Author(s)/
Artist(s)
Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Ms. Marvel Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona Marvel Comics [18]
2017 The Dresden Files: Dog Men Jim Butcher, Mark Powers Dynamite Entertainment [19][20]
2018 Mighty Thor Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman Marvel Comics [16]

Best Graphic Novel[edit]

Year Work Author(s)/
Artist(s)
Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 The Sandman: Overture Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III Vertigo Comics [14]
2017 The Dresden Files: Wild Card Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez Dynamite Entertainment [15]
2018 White Sand, Volume 1 Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin and Julius M. Gopez Dynamite Entertainment [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series[edit]

Year Work Creator(s) Released on Ref.
2016 Game of Thrones David Benioff, D. B. Weiss HBO [18]
2017 Stranger Things The Duffer Brothers Netflix [19]
2018 Game of Thrones David Benioff, D. B. Weiss HBO [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie[edit]

Year Work Creator(s) Studio Ref.
2016 The Martian Ridley Scott (director), Drew Goddard (writer) Scott Free Productions, Kinberg Genre, TSG Entertainment [18]
2017 Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins (director), Allan Heinberg (writer), Zack Snyder 9writer), Jason Fuchs (writer) RatPac-Dune Entertainment, DC Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films [19]
2018 Black Panther Ryan Coogler (director, writer), Joe Robert Cole (writer) Marvel Studios [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game[edit]

Year Work Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Fallout 4 Bethesda Softworks [21]
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo [22]
2018 Middle-earth: Shadow of War Monolith Productions [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game[edit]

Year Work Developers(s) Ref.
2016 Fallout Shelter Bethesda Softworks [21]
2017 Pokémon Go Niantic [22]
2018 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Jam City [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game[edit]

Year Work Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Pandemic: Legacy Z-Man Games [21]
2017 Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk Avalon Hill [22]
2018 Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains Slugfest Games [16]

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game[edit]

Year Work Publisher(s) Ref.
2016 Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th edition) Chaosium Inc. [21]
2017 Magic: The Gathering: Eldritch Moon Wizards of the Coast [22]
2018 Magic: The Gathering: Unstable Wizards of the Coast [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Dragon Awards". Dragon Con. March 31, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Official Press Release". Dragon Con. April 4, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The #DragonAward voting is up and running!". Facebook. Dragon Con. August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Dragon Awards Presentation". Dragon Con. August 29, 2016. Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Winners - The Dragon Award". Dragon Con. September 4, 2016. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://corabuhlert.com/2016/09/06/the-2016-dragon-awards-or-participation-trophies-for-puppies/
  7. ^ http://file770.com/2018-dragon-awards-ballot/comment-page-1/
  8. ^ https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/category/dragon-awards/
  9. ^ http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/fan-faq/
  10. ^ https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-obligatory-dragon-awards-post/
  11. ^ http://www.jimchines.com/2017/08/dragon-awards/
  12. ^ https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/9/16118054/john-scalzi-alison-littlewood-dragon-awards-controversy-sci-fi-horror
  13. ^ http://nkjemisin.com/2017/08/withdrawing-from-the-dragon-awards/
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  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "2017 Dragon Award". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "2018 Recipients – The Dragon Award". Dragon Con. Retrieved September 19, 2018. 
  17. ^ "More Dragon Awards News", Locus, August 11, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c "2016 Dragon Awards Shortlist". Locus Online. August 12, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c "2017 Dragon Awards Shortlist". Locus Online. August 4, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.  See revised list at More Dragon Awards News", Locus, August 11, 2017. Accessed April 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "2017 Recipients". Dragon Con. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b c d Liptak, Andrew (August 13, 2016). "The first ever Dragon Awards shortlist aims to be the next major award for science fiction fans". The Verge. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d Liptak, Andrew (September 3, 2017). "Here are the winners of the 2017 Dragon Awards". The Verge. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.