2017 Dragon Con Awards Nominees

On August 3 registered voters received to their online ballots for the Dragon Con Awards (as the ballot calls them, versus the Dragon Awards on the website.)

Dragon Con’s Twitter feed says fans can still register and vote on the winners.

The voting deadline is Tuesday, August 29. The results will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta on Sunday September 3.

  1. Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards
  • Rise by Brian Guthrie
  • Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier
  1. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
  • A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day
  • Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta
  • Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi
  • Beast Master by Shayne Silvers
  • Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle
  1. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
  • Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Firebrand by A.J. Hartley
  • It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett
  • Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  1. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
  • The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico
  • Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke
  • Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon
  • Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes
  • Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey
  • Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz
  • Aliies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy
  • Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox
  1. Best Alternate History Novel
  • Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
  • Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler
  • Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli
  • No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah
  • A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry
  • 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint
  • The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville
  • Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
  1. Best Apocalyptic Novel
  • The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz
  • A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
  • ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes
  • Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (withdrawn by author)
  • Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz
  1. Best Horror Novel
  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
  • Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn
  • The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood (withdrawn by author)
  • A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau
  • The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers
  • Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga
  • Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten
  1. Best Comic Book
  • Motor Girl by Terry Moore
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
  • Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis
  1. Best Graphic Novel
  • Stuck in My Head by J.R. Mounts
  • Girl Genius: the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, Book 2: The City of Lightning by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
  • Clive Barker Nightbreed #3 by Marc Andreyko, Clive Barker, Emmanuel Javier
  • March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Love is Love by Marc Andreyko, Sarah Gaydos, James S. Rich
  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
  • Lucifer, Fox
  • Westworld, HBO
  • Stranger Things, Netflix
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1
  • Doctor Who, BBC
  • The Expanse, Syfy
  • Wynonna Earp, Syfy
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
  • Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson
  • Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Passengers directed by Morten Tyldum
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards
  • Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
  • Logan directed by James Mangold
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
  • Titanfall 2 by Respawn Entertainment
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda by Bioware
  • NieR: Automata by PlatinumGames
  • Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo
  • Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
  • Sky Dancer by Pine Entertainment
  • Fire Emblem Heroes by Nintendo
  • Monument Valley 2 by Ustwogames
  • Con Man: The Game by Monkey Strength Productions
  • Pokemon GO by Niantic
  • Super Mario Run by Nintendo
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk by Avalon Hill
  • Hero Realms by White Wizard Games
  • Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games
  • Scythe by Stonemaier Games
  • Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
  • Pulp Cthulhu by Chaosium
  • Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon by Wizards of the Coast
  • A Shadow Across the Galaxy X-Wing Wave X by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Star Wars: Destiny by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Bloodborne: The Card Game by CMON Limited
  • Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

14 thoughts on “2017 Dragon Con Awards Nominees

  1. First!?

    Obviously, the difference between Best Comic and Best Graphic Novel is still not clear. Especially with two separate Dresden Files stories in the two categories.

  2. John Scalzi a finalist? Very interesting.

    BTW, did we ever get last year’s voting breakdown, or are the Dragon organisers continuing to studiously ignore it?

  3. Another snub for Too Like the Lightning, I see. I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t something unique about about EPH or this year’s Hugo voterbase that’s really helping that book even though it’s not making longer lists in popular-choice lists like this or insider-driven lists like Nebula or the Locus Recommended list…

  4. Jeff R.: Another snub for Too Like the Lightning, I see. I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t something unique about about EPH or this year’s Hugo voterbase that’s really helping that book even though it’s not making longer lists in popular-choice lists like this or insider-driven lists like Nebula or the Locus Recommended list…

    TLtL is only half a book. A lot of Hugo nominators were enthusiastic enough about it that they were willing to overlook its incompleteness, but I can see where juried and semijuried awards (and I consider the Nebula mostly a juried award because a smallish group of SFF authors nominate and vote in it) might be more stringent in their requirements.

    And honestly, I don’t think that you can use the Dragon Award as an indicator of anything. I don’t think that they actively promoted it to the convention members (or anyone else, for that matter), and it’s clear, based on a significant number of the finalists, that there is a lot of Friends-and-Family logrolling and Multiple-Email-Address ballot box stuffing going on.

  5. Camestros Felapton: Vox Day will be pleased with his results here I suspect.

    Well, sure. Because he was going to be pleased no matter what the results were, Aristotle!

  6. I would have expected EPH to hurt TLTL if anything; its support would probably overlap a lot with other things popular in the Hugo community. JJ’s explanation of why it’s not doing well in other awards looks good to me. (And Birds and Ninefox are also missing – actually I was a bit surprised to see as many Hugo finalists on the Dragon list as there actually are.)

    As to Comic Book and Graphic Novel, I take it the same thing could be eligible for both if it appears first serially and then in collected form.

  7. Have they not got the results up on an actual webpage yet? The Dragon Con main page is just linking to last year’s results, and I noticed that when Scalzi mentioned his nomination he linked to Nick Cole’s FB to do so.

  8. BTW, did we ever get last year’s voting breakdown, or are the Dragon organisers continuing to studiously ignore it?

    They never released the data. I suspect that the reason is that if they did, it would show that participation was embarrassingly low.

    I suspect that they will never release this year’s data for the same reason.

  9. @Andrew M Both Ninefox Gambit and All the Birds in the Sky were published in the first half of 2016, so are outside the Dragon’s weird July – July eligibility period.

    As for the rest… sigh. I share JJ’s analysis that this is still a ballot that tells us nothing about the state of SFF literature beyond “which specific authors are good at mobilising a section of their fanbase to vote on a poorly advertised award”. It doesn’t give us a sense of what’s most popular among readers in general, or what dedicated book devourers enjoyed the most, or what authors other authors are enjoying. So who exactly is this shortlist useful for? Does “the people who like this author have been successfully persuaded to vote for them in an online poll” help occasional readers to find the best new works in the genre they enjoy? Does it make regular readers (who are more likely to know how the sausage is made) reprioritise their TBRs to pick up works they might have missed first time around? And if it’s not a useful indicator of readership or quality, how can the award help authors themselves, either to promote themselves to new potential readers or to develop their position in the industry?

    I’m all for puppies developing their own awards, but legitimacy isn’t automatic no matter which major Con you can convince to let you share branding with, and the Dragons are never going to have it as long as their shortlist makes so little sense.

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  11. The schedule is out and there are a number of puppies/ puppy friends are on the program: Charles Gannon, Correia, Antonelli, and Eric Flint . Not shy about it either : Flint and Correia will be presenting / speaking at the awards ceremony. I saw last year that 2 of the awards organizers –
    Cody and Fawcett had been posting encouragement to gotv at Monster Hunter Nation. I wonder if turnout is looking different this year – because they are offering a free con membership and trying to encourage voting now.

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