2021 Dragon Awards

2021 Dragon Award trophies. Photo by Sean CW Korsgaard.

The 2021 Dragon Awards winners were announced September 5 at Dragon Con. (Information livetweeted by Sean CW Korsgaard.)

1. BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

2. BEST FANTASY NOVEL (INCLUDING PARANORMAL)

  • Battle Ground by Jim Butcher

3. BEST YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

4. BEST MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY NOVEL

  • Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown

5. BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY NOVEL

  • 1637: No Peace Beyond The Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon

6. BEST MEDIA TIE-IN NOVEL

  • Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon

7. BEST HORROR NOVEL

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

8. BEST COMIC BOOK

  • X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar

9. BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak

10. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY TV SERIES

  • The Expanse, Amazon

11. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY MOVIE

  • The Old Guard by Gina Prince-Bythewood

12. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY PC / CONSOLE GAME

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Ubisoft

13. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY MOBILE GAME

  • Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells, Zynga

14. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY BOARD GAME

  • Dune: Imperium, Dire Wolf Games

15. BEST SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY MINIATURES / COLLECTIBLE CARD / ROLE-PLAYING GAME

  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game, Cubicle 7

30 thoughts on “2021 Dragon Awards

  1. Yay! Oor Wombat’s young wizard is baking her way to all the awards, it seems.

    Nice choices in the Series and Movie as well.

  2. Lev Grossman’s (Best) Graphic Novel, “The Magicians: New Class,” is great — I don’t see it on Hoopla, but odds are your library (or its interlibrary loan network) can get it for you. I’m eager to see subsequent issues! (I also loved this previous comic/GN, The Magicians: Alice’s Story, written by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by Pius Bak)

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  4. Is Battle Ground worth reading?
    I got it last year, and the first third or half left me so depressed I’ve not picked it up since. Should I finish it? TIA

  5. Congrats to T. Kingfisher. 2 Dragons and and and …
    It is an interesting mix of good works and meh winners. I think MilSF is only somethink for me in very rare circumstances.
    Good not counting the young adult winner (I haven’t read the other Kingfisher yet, bought but not read, but looking forward to it) are both comicwinners. (The X-Menrun is very interesting), TV and movie.
    From past performance Andy Weier should be very worth reading and I don’t mind him winning.
    Fantasy I am more meh also Best alternative History because there were much more interesting works nominated.

  6. Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to T. Kingfisher, whose works are an absolute treasure.

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  8. Is Battle Ground worth reading?
    I got it last year, and the first third or half left me so depressed I’ve not picked it up since. Should I finish it? TIA

    I liked it all right, but IMO the Dresden Files has been fading for a couple of books now. I even voted for it, but by default, because I don’t care for Stross and Sanderson and while I like Schwab and Harrow, I haven’t read these particular books, so Battle Ground it was.

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  10. Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to Red Wombat, who gets the community local nod (also. I LOVED A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking and it’s been very hard not to run off and buy The Hollow Places until I could keep the TBR under control.)

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  12. Just following one of the links (to Smash Pages):

    After a jury selected the nominees, the winners were selected in an open vote from the general public.

    Interesting

  13. Thank you all! I have been trying to arrange contractors to replace my mom’s roof for daaaays and then a pipe burst between the road and the house so the Dragons completely slipped my mind in the haze of sorting Yet More Repairs. This was a very nice thing to come up for air to!

  14. Hooray for Oor Wombat! Well-deserved.

    Hope the repairs are done quickly and well.

    (I’ve traveled back to 6570 from the 9800’s. Still no sign of Shoggoth.)

  15. Congrats to the best Wombat!

    Coincidentally, Wizard’s Guide is next up on my list of T. Kingfisher rereads-via-audiobook (having just finished up Seventh Bride, the Clocktaur Wars duo and Bryony & Roses in that manner). Or, rather, I was trying to figure which of her novels available as audiobooks to make my bedtime listening next–I was having a hard time deciding between Wizard’s Guide on the one hand and the two comfort horror reads on the other. This news was the tie-breaker. So, not a coincidence, is what I should be saying.

  16. StefanB on September 6, 2021 at 10:37 am said:

    Just following one of the links (to Smash Pages):

    After a jury selected the nominees, the winners were selected in an open vote from the general public.

    Interesting

    Wow, the quiet part loud!

  17. To be clear, if you follow the link above my comment, it does reference the Dragon Award, I should make clear that it is not an oficial statement, just a newssite that makes the remark.
    I have no proof that it is not a screwup from SMASH PAGES but now comes the but.
    Exspecially the fact that Black Sun was nominated for Best Science Fiction Novel is more than strange. Fans are not stupid, for me it stretches credibility that it was nominated in the wrong category by mistake. (It is not the same as the first year were Niemeier did campaign for a certain category)
    Not the smoking gun but I like I wrote I find it interesting and quite posible.

  18. George Phillies: “After a jury selected the nominees, the winners were selected in an open vote from the general public.” This doesn’t appear to refer to the Dragon Awards, for which there is a preliminary ballot to the public.

    Yes, but one of the Dragon Awards administrators has publicly admitted that the final ballot is a curated list decided by the administrators which only uses those nominations as guidance (as StefanB points out, the appearance of Black Sun on the SF Novel ballot is proof of this). And the award’s rules openly admit that the administrators can pick whatever finalists and winners they want.

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