2022 Dragon Awards Ballot

The 2022 Dragon Awards Ballot was published on August 11. Registered voters should expect to receive notice by email.

To be eligible for the 2022 Dragon Awards the book, comic, game, movie, must have been released between July 1, 2021, and the close of the eligibility period, June 30, 2022, which accounts for the mix of nominees from last year and this year.

Most categories have six nominees, but Best Science Fiction Novel and Best Media Tie-In have only five, and Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series has seven.

Recipients of the award will be announced on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Dragon Con.

1. Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  • Goliath: A Novel by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo
  • Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

  • Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham
  • Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
  • Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  • Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
  • Book of Night by Holly Black
  • Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
  • Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor
  • A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

  • The Shattered Skies by John Birmingham
  • A Call to Insurrection by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Citadel by Marko Kloos
  • Backyard Starship by J.N. Chaney, Terry Maggert
  • Against All Odds by Jeffery H. Haskell
  • Resolute by Jack Campbell

5. Best Alternate History Novel

  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • Invisible Sun by Charles Stross
  • The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley by Mercedes Lackey
  • When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
  • The King’s Daughter by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • 1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner by Kerryn Offord, Rick Boatright

6. Best Media Tie-In Novel

  • Star Wars: The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray
  • Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn
  • Star Trek: Coda: Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack
  • Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller
  • Halo: Divine Wind by Troy Denning

7. Best Horror Novel

  • The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  • The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
  • The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
  • My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Hide by Kiersten White
  • Revelator by Daryl Gregory

8. Best Comic Book

  • Devil’s Reign by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
  • King Conan by Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar
  • Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen, Mark Brooks
  • Step by Bloody Step by Simon Spurrier, Matías Bergara
  • Twig by Skottie Young, Kyle Strahm
  • Nightwing by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo

9. Best Graphic Novel

  • Geiger by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
  • Bitter Root Volume 3 by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene, Sofie Dodgson
  • Dune: House Atreides Volume 2 by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Dev Pramanik
  • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Phil Jimenez
  • Monstress, Volume 6: The Vow by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Stranger Things, Netflix
  • The Expanse, Amazon
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Paramount+
  • Wheel of Time, Amazon
  • For All Mankind, Apple TV+
  • Halo, Paramount+
  • The Boys, Amazon

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Dune by Denis Villeneuve
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home by Jon Watts
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Sam Raimi
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife by Jason Reitman
  • The Adam Project by Shawn Levy
  • Free Guy by Shawn Levy

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

  • Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Metroid Dread, Nintendo
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Bungie
  • Age of Empires IV, Xbox Game Studios
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, Frontier Foundry
  • Lost Ark, Amazon Games

13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

  • Diablo Immortal, Blizzard
  • Pokémon UNITE, The Pokémon Company
  • Baba Is You, Hempuli
  • Townscaper, Oskar Stålberg
  • Alien: Isolation, Sega
  • World of Demons, PlatinumGames

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

  • Ark Nova, Capstone Games
  • Cascadia, Alderac Entertainment Group
  • Return to Dark Tower, Restoration Games
  • 7 Wonders Architects, Asmodee
  • Alien: Fate of the Nostromo, Ravensburger
  • Star Wars Outer Rim: Unfinished Business, Fantasy Flight Games

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

  • The One Ring, Second Edition, Free League Publishing
  • Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Evil Hat Productions
  • Root: The RPG, Magpie Games
  • Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Revised Core Set, Fantasy Flight Games
  • Magic: The Gathering, Innistrad: Crimson Vow, Wizards of the Coast

31 thoughts on “2022 Dragon Awards Ballot

  1. Camestros Felapton: Yes, a lot of good books on there. And no entries from what you call the “Scrappy Doos”.

  2. Mike Glyer on August 11, 2022 at 1:24 pm said:

    Camestros Felapton: Yes, a lot of good books on there. And no entries from what you call the “Scrappy Doos”.

    True, they’ve dwindled to nothing. I thought there would be more Baen books though. There are some in MilSF and alt-history but they had been more actively promoting an eligibility list this year for the Dragons.

  3. On Twitter Nick Mamatas just pointed out that Vonda McIntyre’s “The Kings Daughter” is a finalist (in alt-history) – even though it was written well before 2021/22.

    Still, its Vonda McIntyre who deserves more awards. So I’ll put this down as a positive feature of the Dragon’s odd approach to “rules”

  4. … How in the world does The King’s Daughter by Vonda N. McIntyre qualify? That’s just a reprinting of The Moon and the Sun, which came out in 1997. (It only got retitled because of the movie adaptation at the beginning of the year.)

  5. Camestros Felapton: Wow, times do change. Who could have predicted that Nick Mamatas would be worried about the integrity of the Dragon Awards?

  6. Didn’t anybody on the awards staff check the copyright of the McIntyre award? Astonishing.

  7. You overestimate the due diligence done by whoever runs the Dragon Awards.

  8. Alan Ziebarth: While ISFDB knows it’s the same as the 1997 book, if you only looked at Amazon all you would know is The King’s Daughter was released October 12, 2021. At first glance the Amazon page seems only to associate it with the movie. It may be an understandable mistake.

  9. I’m with Cam…not really bothered by this. Now if it were something that would have been eligible for a Dragon before, that would different.

  10. I thought that was odd about Vonda getting nominated. The movie itself has an odd history, having been originally scheduled for release in 2015, and only finally was released early this year. As pointed out, the paperback tie-in really doesn’t make it clear that it is a retitled book.

  11. I wonder what book got knocked off the ballot by McIntyre’s–another Baen book, perhaps?

  12. David H. on August 11, 2022 at 4:26 pm said:

    I wonder what book got knocked off the ballot by McIntyre’s–another Baen book, perhaps?

    No way of knowing. However, Baen books had promoted three books as being eligible for this category:
    The Romanov Rescue by Tom Kratman, Kacey Ezell & Justin Watson
    1637: The Coast of Chaos by Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett & Gorg Huff
    1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner by Kerryn Offord & Rick Boatright <-Only this one made the ballot, so potentially one of the other two might have been finalists. There’s no way of knowing though. The actual finalist process has been subject to a lot of speculation.

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  14. I just voted and must say I am very, very impressed with the quality overall of much of what of what was nominated. It was easy to find novels to vote for.

    I mean Cat Rambo was nominated! That’s impressive! It was one of my favorite reads of recent years. I’m looking forward to the sequels.

    No, I didn’t voted in any of the video game categories as I don’t play them, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t good nominations.

  15. I know that this is a incredibly minor issue for the people right here but the fact that they have nominated Diablo Immortal is a shame. It is just a trap to lure and bankrupt vulnerable people.
    The dragon awards will be better if they just retire tue mobile gaming award.

  16. @Pello: It is minor for me, because I don’t know anything about Mobile gaming.
    Most of the Ballot is good, the McIntyre is typical Dragon Award. Wouldn’t be the Dragon without a choice that shouldn’t be here.
    My really is Halo, I haven’t heard anything good about it.

  17. Woah, I hadn’t heard of “Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons” but that looks groovy as hell! Jimenez and Ha artwork? I’m there!

    So I’m picking up new things based on Dragon nominations. Will wonders never cease!

  18. Walt Boyes on Facebook (public post):

    It is bittersweet, but I am proud of my brother from another mother, Rick Boatright, whose novel, written with Kerryn Offord, _1637 Dr Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner_ made the ballot for the Dragon Award for Alternate History novel. Rick’s wife. Sherri, his son Zacory Boatright, and his daughter Amanda should be very proud. Rick wanted so very much to be a top flight writer, and through the wonderful world of Eric Flint’s 1632, he was.

    Blessings, Rick!

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