2019 Dragon Awards

So, I was minding my own business when I suddenly heard a great scream of:


It sounded like the Great Lady Cora Butthurt’s voice and then suddenly I remembered: Its Sunday, September 1st and the Dragon Awards are here!!! And I’m thinking the Lady doth protest the winners.

Ok, in all seriousness, yes, the Dragon Awards were announced today. First, congratulations to all of the winners on well-deserved victories. And to all of the other finalists, you have nothing to hang your head over. You should be very proud today.

So, below you will find the categories, the winners, the finalists and who I voted for. I did not vote in every category but in the 11 that I did, I chose four of the winners. Much better than I fared last year.

And one other note, we have a Helicon Award winner picking up the Sci-Fi Double. Keep an eye out for that one.

Here are the winners:


2019 Dragon Awards


Best Science Fiction Novel


A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen


Other Finalists:

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Europe at Dawn by Dave Hutchinson

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson

Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

My vote: Torgersen


Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)


House of Assassins by Larry Correia


Other Finalists:

Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

House of Assassins by Larry Correia

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie


My vote: Correia


Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel


Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard


Other Finalists:

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Armageddon Girls by Aaron Michael Ritchey

Imposters by Scott Westerfeld

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

The King’s Regret by Philip Ligon

The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler


My vote: Dennard


Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel


Uncompromising Honor by David Weber


Other Finalists

A Pale Dawn by Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey

Order of the Centurion by Jason Anspach, Nick Cole

Marine by Joshua Dalzelle

Sons of the Lion by Jason Cordova

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley


My Vote: Anspach & Cole


Best Alternate History Novel


Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling


Other Finalists:

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Iron Codex by David Mack

The World Asunder by Kacey Ezell

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar


My vote: Tidhar


Best Media Tie-In Novel


Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn (Also won a 2019 Helicon Award in this category)


Other Finalists:

Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove, Nancy Holder

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher

Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray

The Replicant War by Chris Kennedy

The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack


My vote: Zahn


Best Horror Novel


Little Darlings by Melanie Golding


Other Finalists:

Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon

Riddance by Shelley Jackson

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Zombie Airman by David Guenther

100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent, Nicholas Kaufmann


My vote: Guenther


Best Comic Book


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples


Other Finalists:

Batman by Tom King, Tony S. Daniel

Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

Mister Miracle by Tom King, Tony Daniel

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man by Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert

The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder, Mark Simpson


My vote: (Batman) King & Daniel


Best Graphic Novel


X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis by Ed Piskor


Other Finalists:

Berlin by Jason Lutes

Hey, Kiddo by Jarret J. Krosoczka

I Am Young by M. Dean

Monstress Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden


My vote: Lutes


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series


Good Omens, Amazon Prime


Other Finalists:

Game of Thrones, HBO

Lucifer, Netflix

The Orville, Fox

The Umbrella Academy, Netflix

Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access


My vote: The Orville


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie


Avengers: Endgame by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo


Other Finalists:

Alita: Battle Angel by Robert Rodriguez

Aquaman by James Wan

Captain Marvel by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Spider-Man: Far From Home by Jon Watts

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman


My vote: Aquaman


I did not vote in the following categories. Winners bolded:


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game


Apex Legends by Electronic Arts

Assassin’s Creed: Odysssey by Ubisoft

Life is Strange 2 by Dontnod Entertainment

Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games

Outer Wilds by Mobius Digital

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth by Blizzard


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game


Cyber Hunter by NetEase

Elder Scrolls: Blades by Bethesda Softworks

Grimvalor by Direlight

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite by Niantic, WB Games San Francisco

Reigns: Game of Thrones by Nerial

Sega Heroes: Puzzle RPG Quest by SEGA


Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game


Architects of the West Kingdom by Garphill Games

Betrayal Legacy by Avalon Hill Games

Cryptid by Osprey Games

Everdell by Starling Games (II)

Nemesis by Awaken Realms

Root by Leder Games


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


Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep Slipcase Set by Chaosium Inc.

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare by Modiphius Entertainment

Keyforge: Call of the Archons by Fantasy Flight Games

Magic: The Gathering Ravnica Allegiance by Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering War of The Spark by Wizards of the Coast

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team by Games Workshop


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