First Dragon Awards Presented

Dragon Con announced the winners of the inaugural Dragon Awards at a ceremony on September 4 emceed by Bill Fawcett.

John C. Wright, Larry Correia, Terry Pratchett and Naomi Novik were among the winners.

In terms of victories for publishing houses, Vox Day’s Castalia House picked up two awards, Baen, Tor and Del Rey one each, and a self-published book won.

Sad Puppy Declan Finn was shut out again – though only because Superversive’s Brian Niemeier won the category they were both nominated for.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

  • The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

  • Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)

Best Alternate History Novel

  • League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best Apocalyptic Novel

  • Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)

Best Horror Novel

  • Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)

Best Comic Book

  • Ms. Marvel

Best Graphic Novel

  • The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Game of Thrones

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • The Martian

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

  • Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

  • Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

  • Pandemic: Legacy by ZMan Games

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

  • Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.

Fran Wilde posted a photo of the awards ready to be given out.

Ray Radlein made a funny. (There was no category File 770  could have been nominated in.)

591 thoughts on “First Dragon Awards Presented

  1. Congratulations to the winners, of course, but mostly it’s good to have Mike back scooping the news again!

  2. The Award results are what happens when you effectively encourage the time honored practice of vote early, vote which the Puppies dod here. I took one look at the failure to at least limit it to one email address, one vote and decided to something more productive like brushing the coats of my three felines.

    Can any pf the writers here tell me just how the Hugos help in sales? Seriously I see them quoted in press releases all the time, but I’m very curious what impact they have on sales.

  3. Two neutral observations:

    (1) The ceremony was brisk. In and out, the whole thing clocking in at less than thirty minutes.

    (2) None of the nominees who were actually at Dragoncon — not Fran Wilde, not Cherie Priest, not Eric Flint (who was a presenter for two categories) — actually won any of the categories in which they were nominated.

  4. It had not actually occurred to me that Somewhitter was science fiction. Ok, so I’ve not read it, there might be snow and a tavern in the opening scene, but the cover seems very fantasy.

  5. Ok, so I’ve not read it, there might be snow and a tavern in the opening scene, but the cover seems very fantasy.

    As does the subtitle (‘A Tale of the Unwithering Realm’). And its Amazon page actually calls it ‘science fantasy’.

  6. Meanwhile, over on Twitter, my Mentions column is full of people with #Gamergate and #rabidpuppies hashtags in their profiles. Fortunately, they’re just there from Retweeting my livetweeting coverage of the awards, which I did without any editorialization.

    (unless #damnyouautocorrect counts as editorializing, since I tweeted that after my tablet turned “Niemeier” into “Near”)

  7. Can any pf the writers here tell me just how the Hugos help in sales?

    They certainly help draw attention. NKJ gets more reviews, more interviews.
    It probably helps a lot in persuading editors to pay attention to the next manuscript.

  8. For reference, these were VDs entirely personal picks:
    1. Best Science Fiction Novel
    Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright

    2. Best Fantasy Novel
    Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

    3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
    Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer

    4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
    Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber

    5. Best Alternate History Novel
    League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

    6. Best Apocalyptic Novel
    Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole

    7. Best Horror Novel
    Souldancer by Brian Niemeier

    8. Best Comic Book

    Don’t know. Don’t care.

    9. Best Graphic Novel
    The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman

    10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
    Game of Thrones – HBO

    11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
    Deadpool

    12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
    Metal Gear Solid V by Konami Digital Entertainment

    13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
    Fallout Shelter by Bethesda Softworks

    14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
    Talon by GMT Games

    15. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
    Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th Edition) by Chaosium Inc.

  9. Ctrl Alt Revolt. That win is worth 1,000 words.

    Has anyone read the Weber book? I’m curious about it. He’s one of those authors on my “seriously, you still haven’t read anything of theirs yet?” list.

  10. Mark: What’s interesting about VD’s list here is how many picks were not human shields, and still won — that really tells you whose voters were in control.

  11. Well, good on them. Congratulations to all the winners.

    (I’d be right happy if all involved concentrated on the Dragon Awards from here on out, and left the “irrelevant, fading” Hugos to those who want to be irrelevant and faded.)

    Also: Glad to see a news post again, Mike!

  12. Cat Elldridge: According to the late David Hartwell, when we spoke to him last summer. The Hugo used to improve sales but has not done so in years…maybe a modest improvement.

    He also said, with chagrin, that the World Fantasy Award books actually went down in sales. (No idea if he was joking, but I heard him say this more than once.)

  13. Congratulations to some. To others… meh. The Horror award alone makes the process, if not the actual awards, (what we used to call in the Boy Scouts) a circle jerk.

  14. >Gee, an award put together by puppies, was awarded to puppies.

    No puppies were involved with this at all. Dragon Con did it on their own.

    That being said, may Puppy fans were eager to vote in a new award and may have been more vigilant than general fans who didn’t necessarily know about the Dragon Awards ahead of time.

  15. @kathodus

    The Weber book is from his Safehold series which I’m not a fan of. I prefer his Honor Harrington series. Some of it is a question of what kind of infodumps do you prefer, how much discussion of religion, do you prefer battles in space or navy battles?

    Safehold has, IMHO, more infodumps (building ships, guns, sailing), one main religion dissected, and navy battles as well as less interesting or harder to keep track of characters. Other Weber fans might disagree with me.

    Honor Harrington has space battles, interesting characters, treecats with telepathy, infodumps (building space navies, space travel, politics), multiple religions, a more diverse cast, more action. The newer YA books are a good entry point.

  16. (I’d be right happy if all involved concentrated on the Dragon Awards from here on out, and left the “irrelevant, fading” Hugos to those who want to be irrelevant and faded.)

    Well, except that an award actually given by DragonCon, and reflecting the outlook of its participants, would actually be quite a nice thing and complement the Hugos well, and this seems to destroy the possibility of it. (In the Comic Book category, where VD didn’t nominate, the real DragonCon shows through. Possibly also in the game categories, of which I know nothing.)

  17. Well, except that an award actually given by DragonCon …

    This is an award given by DragonCon, isn’t it? The con’s director of programming was directly involved in it, per an email discussion we had.

  18. In the second fifth comment, Ray Radlein says none of the winners were there to accept their awards.

  19. This is an award given by DragonCon, isn’t it?

    Well in some sense, yes: it isn’t actually fraudulent. But how much the management of DragonCon actually had to do with the organisation of it seems to be in doubt.

    (How was the Director of Programming involved? They don’t sound like the right person to be running an award. Unless they just assigned a time and place for it – which presumably the Director of Programming of Worldcon does for various awards not given by Worldcon.)

  20. I had more confidence in my game votes than I did in anything else. And those went as I thought they would. DragonCon has an entire hotel devoted to gaming.

    Call of Cthulhu 7th edition was a no brainer. It has been extremely well received by the game press and gamers. Fallout 4 is a also a very solid pick.

    Happy Son of the Black Sword won.

    Probably will buy Weber’s book (if I don’t already have it in a Baen monthly bundle) and the horror winner.

    Won’t buy John Wright’s book because I have not read all of the Narnia books yet and I own those already.

    The only pick that I strongly supported that did not win was Freer’s book. Changeling Island was a really good YA title. It may have lacked enough action to win though.

  21. airboy on September 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm said:

    Probably will buy Weber’s book (if I don’t already have it in a Baen monthly bundle) and the horror winner.

    The Weber book and the preceding seven volumes in its series are published by Tor.

  22. I like Weber’s Safehold series as much as his Honorverse. Unfortunately, more recent books are falling into the infodump trap. If he left out 80% of the infodumps, I bet he could crank out two more books a year. Which I would appreciate.

    He’s still on my “auto-order” list, even with the infodumps. I’ve learned to skim them.

    I don’t think Safehold has more characters to keep track of — considering that Honorverse is now on at least three tracks. Original Honor, Michelle Henke’s track, and Victor Cachat and the whole Torch track.

  23. Good. The Puppies have been saying since these were first announced that they would be the “real” awards as far as they were concerned. They get to give each other awards, they’ll hopefully leave the rest of us alone, everyone wins. And as it’s a new award, there’s no cultural expectation getting in their way. They can talk on their own blogs about how the Hugos are irrelevant, and we can ignore them.
    And welcome back, Mike. You’ve been missed.

  24. Congratulations to VD. Now he has found an award that actually is run by a cabal (albeit his cabal), maybe he’ll fuck off and leave the Hugo’s alone.

    I encourage everyone to go look at the opening page of Somewhither on Amazon. Shocking piece of sophomoric crap.

    For Puppies by Puppies, as mentioned above.

  25. @Tasha – *sigh* “treecats with telepathy” is roughly the equivalent of an inescapable trap for me ;). I guess I’ll start there. I’ve already got the first Honor Harrington, anyway.

    @airboy – I’ve heard good things about that Freer novel in the past. Having read his blog posts I’m A little suspicious that he could create a coherent world. I may have to try it and find out.

  26. In terms of Awards I see in press releases, only two generally get mentioned: the Hugos and WFC ones. If it’s horror or dark fantasy that won a Stroker, that’ll get mentioned.

    Galleys, as in paper ones, for genre releases, are getting much rarer these days from the remaining imprints though speciality presses still do them.

  27. Looking forward, I’m anticipating the suggestion that the Dragon award be put to a vote of Dragon Con members – and the howls of protest from the same people currently praising it as Dragon Con’s award.

    The idea of it being anything more than the freeped award of Vox Day’s mailing list is likely to be compared to Stalin.

  28. @Techgrrl1972 I don’t think Safehold has more characters to keep track of — considering that Honorverse is now on at least three tracks.

    I found the 1st Safehold book characters names/titles harder to keep track of that I did the 1st Honor Harrington cast. Subsequent books in both series same. YMMV

    I’m with you on the infodumps. In my experience us Weber fans can spend days arguing over what should be kept and what should go. Weber did help me learn how to scan fiction and I’ll be forever grateful to him for it. 😉

  29. Cat Eldridge on September 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm said:
    In terms of Awards I see in press releases, only two generally get mentioned: the Hugos and WFC ones. If it’s horror or dark fantasy that won a Stroker, that’ll get mentioned.

    I think you meant to type “Stoker”. Unless it’s a very different sort of horror/dark fantasy to which you refer…

  30. @Chris S

    I encourage everyone to go look at the opening page of Somewhither on Amazon. Shocking piece of sophomoric crap.

    Great Ghu, that is awful.

    Bad prose and infodumps. What a combination. Along with a girl supposedly named “Penny Dreadful.”

    I imagine the list of Dragon winners will become “My List of Books to Avoid.”

  31. @Bonnie,

    So you didn’t read far enough to get into the heavy-handed religious part? That’s page two, I think. He held off for an entire page!!

  32. How was the Director of Programming involved?

    I contacted the con with questions and got a response back from her that was worded to indicate it’s a con project, not just a project the con gave some space and web support for. I don’t know more specifics than that about the team involved or how it will be managed going forward.

  33. I think you meant to type “Stoker”. Unless it’s a very different sort of horror.

    Sigh… I did type it that way but spellcheck in iOS corrected it and I didn’t notice.

  34. Other than voting, I don’t remember any Puppy (R or S) involvement in the Dragon Awards.

    Before they were announced, a lot of Sad Puppies floated the idea in comments that a really big convention like Dragon Con or San Diego Comic Con should have an award to show the Hugos how it’s really done. However, they didn’t start the awards and I doubt if any were involved with running the awards.

  35. My viewpoint on the book aspect of these Awards is that DragonCon is the antithesis of WorldCon, ReadererCon or the WFC in that it’s not really interested in books in any meaningful sense unless it’s related to a game, series or film. Nothing wrong with that but that means that I don’t expect DragonCon participants to give a rats ass about the book awards.

    So it’s easy for the Puppies to game these Awards as the number of votes I expect was fairly small.

  36. Congratulations to the winners. I will be curious how we go forward–will the Puppies focus on this award? Divide their efforts between Hugos and Dragon Awards? Let the Hugos “fade into irrelevance?”

    Time will tell

  37. Hartwell was wrong. I did an analysis of the last ten years for Hugo Awards novel winners and sales dramatically spiked and books that normally would have been op were still in print years later. It also ignores, though, subsequent subsidiary sales that would have resulted.

  38. “No puppies were involved with this at all. Dragon Con did it on their own. ”

    Eh, whatever you have to tell yourself to sleep at night, Lamplighter. Considering that one of the admins told Correia that he should get people to vote for Correia… you’re going to have a hard time convincing people of anything else.

    I’d be highly suprised if the number of actual people voting for the award was more than that of the Hugo. Especially considering that all you need to play is an email address, and many of Beale’s ilk were making none to subtle jokes about having multiple email accounts.

    I mean, isn’t it funny that an award for a convention as large Dragoncon so closely matched the exact list that Beale told his followers to vote?

  39. I point out that Stroker is often how those in the horror community refer to the Stokers, for various reasons.

  40. Sean say Hartwell was wrong. I did an analysis of the last ten years for Hugo Awards novel winners and sales dramatically spiked and books that normally would have been op were still in print years later. It also ignores, though, subsequent subsidiary sales that would have resulted.

    Good to know. I’d say that I do notice when a book has won a Hugo and that will make me take a closer look at it in terms of if its worth reading. Thanks for this point, Sean.

  41. The Weber book is from his Safehold series

    No Hell’s Foundations Quiver is from Weber’s Hell’s Gate Series published by Baen Safehold is from his Safehold series published by Tor

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