I’ve been meaning to get to this much earlier but it seems like every time I get ready to start in on it about five or six fires spring up that require my attention. Well, all the blazes are out so it is time for me to hand out my recommendations for the upcoming Dragon Awards.
The Dragons, for those not in the know, are in their second year of existence. Connected to Dragon Con in Atlanta, one of the largest attended sci-fi/fantasy conventions anywhere (it crushes WorldCon – the old standard for cons much like the Dragon Award is crushing the dying Hugo Award) short of San Diego’s ComicCon of course.
The best part of the Dragon Award is that it is voted on by the fans of sci-fi/fantasy. Even better, you don’t have to buy a membership. Yes, it is absolutely free to nominate and, later on, vote for the finalists.
Here’s the link to nominate your favorites in any category you want (you don’t have to nominate in all of them unless you want to) and don’t forget to check the box so you will be e-mailed the link to vote on the finalists later this summer:
Here’s my nominations:
Best Science Fiction: Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli
Ok, it shameless but I think this is definitely deserving of a nomination.
Best Fantasy: Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn
I know Declan probably feels this is more suited to Horror, but if I nominate his latest addition to his vampire franchise here, it allows me to nominate another worthy work in the Horror category.
Best Young Adult: Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter.
While I am not a reader of Young Adult, I have read enough of this one to know this is my selection here.
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy: Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz.
Writing tie-ins to existing films, TV series or games isn’t easy, yet Jon did a masterful job with Star Realms.
Best Alternate History: Breath of Earth by Beth Cato.
A member of my family tree died in the 1906 Earthquake, so this book had a personal connection for me.
Best Apocalyptic: A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys.
It’s got zombies. Enough said.
Best Horror: Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten
One of the most entertaining books I’ve read this year and worthy of a nomination. Add to the fact that it is a father/son team – one in the U.S. and the other in New Zealand – who collaborated on this despite having never once met in person and you’ve got a great book and a great feel-good story if they bring home the Dragon all wrapped up in one.
Best Comic Book: No nomination
Ok, I can’t even remember the last time I even looked at, much less read, a comic book. So I don’t feel comfortable nominating anyone here.
Best Graphic Novel: No nomination
Same reason here as above in comic books. I don’t think it is fair to nominate anyone if I haven’t read a single thing in the category.
Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy TV Series: Sleepy Hollow
The show likely won’t see a sixth season and I thought the mix of true history and fictional characters was entertaining and far better than most of what pollutes the TV today.
Best Sci-Fi Or Fantasy Movie: Doctor Strange
This was a close call, because Passengers was extremely good and Rogue One was a hell of a lot better than I expected, but Doctor Strange was just too fun to pass over.
Best PC or Console Game: Final Fantasy XV.
The Final Fantasy series just keeps churning out quality, challenging games.
Best Mobile Game: No nomination
Yeah, I use my phone to make phone calls. I’m old-school dinosaur that way. So I don’t play mobile games, thus, I’m not qualified to nominate anyone here.
Best Board Game: No nomination
My gaming is done on my PC with one exception – when I am teaching my grandson to play chess, on a real board. So, no nomination here.
Best Miniatures/CCG/RPG: No nomination
This is not something I’m into either so I’m not picking anyone here.
Those are my picks, now go on over and make yours here: http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php