The Best Accolade Yet

The official announcement is coming later, but I got an e-mail yesterday regarding The Timeless, the first novella in a six-part series. I am writing the series with my grandson

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and the first two books are already out.

The e-mail in question came from the New Apple Awards. Back in 2017 they awarded Official Selection in Science Fiction to Escaping Infinity which was a much-appreciated accolade. Wednesday they informed me that The Timeless was honored with Official Selection in the Short Story category. That means it was up against stories from every genre out there, not just in sci-fi and fantasy.

This award is extra special because my grandson is involved and his reaction to the news was the cherry on top of an extra-large ice cream sundae. The celebration has been ongoing ever since, so much so that when I got the e-mail stating that When The Gods Fell did not earn an award in its category I really didn’t mind it at all.

Secret Of The Sphinx (Amazon / Others), the second novella, is already out and we are hammering away on the next two books, Odin’s Runes and Empire of the Golden Dragon. Check them out. I think you’ll see why the judges gave it such high marks.

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First, They Came For…

We’ve all watched as the “Cancel Culture” has become all the rage. Happily, it seems like people are tiring of it and trying to bring it to an end. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until folks on the right started to play by those rules that folks on the left discovered just how onerous the practice is.

Ruining someone’s ability to make a living, chasing them from going out to dinner or to show or just having a personal life, simply because their politics aren’t yours is ridiculous. It has no place in a civilized society. But it is the product of a generation or two that was never properly disciplined or held to any standard of conducting themselves like adults. We’ve allowed them to remain immature children into their 30s and 40s and we’re now reaping that odious harvest of what was sown.

Hopefully, we are seeing the end of it but there are still far too many instances of it happening today. Sadly, it seems to be going on strong in the literary world and it hasn’t been limited to creators who are still alive. Those people can at least defend themselves from attack. Lately, writers and creators long dead have become targets of the “Cancel Culture” and they cannot defend themselves from the grave.

It began with Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame. Enter the American Library Association – infested with the Social REVENGE Justice crowd’s “Woke” brigade – who decided to strip Wilder’s long-associated name from its children’s books award.

The reason? She used contemporary language and viewpoints to describe interactions between her family and other settlers with the American Indians in her books written decades ago.

Then the same organization (yes, ChinaMike, it was the same organization and not “two separate ‘major’ organizations” as you claimed. But I have come to expect slipshod work and false information from your vile site for some time now) set their sites on Melvil Dewey. When you go to your public library and pull a book off the shelf, that tag on the spine with several numbers on it? That’s the Dewey Decimal System. Dewey was also prominent in establishing public libraries and encouraging reading. He was one of the founders of the American Library Association over 140 years ago.

His crime? He may – MAY – have sexually harassed women (there were never allegations of physical assaults, but of inappropriate comments and unwanted advances). He may have been anti-Semitic and racist. I say may, because no official charges were ever brought and the only evidence is a policy he wrote for the Lake Placid Club that barred membership for non-whites in 1904. In 2019, the same American Library Association that he founded stripped his name for one of its awards.

As with Wilder, the action was taken with no debate and the accused unable to present a defense.

With Wilder, all she did was accurately chronicle the times she lived in. To ostracize her for truthfully recording life in her times defeats the purpose of recording history. If we do not understand not only what happened, but why, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

With Dewey, he sounds like a bit of a creep. Sadly, there was no shortage of that type of attitude back then.  As for the racism, the only evidence appears to be the Lake Placid Club. Was the document written to reflect his personal views? Or, was it a reflection of the times? Like it or not, the first half of the 20th Century was not a nice place for Jews, Blacks, Italians, Irish and many other groups in the United States.

Recently, a no-name author was awarded the John W. Campbell award for best new writer at the Hugos. She promptly showed her appreciation by trashing Campbell and triggered an immediate change in the award’s name for next year.

Campbell was crucified for being a fascist (I still haven’t seen anything to back up the allegation) as well as some “un-woke” views he put to paper decades ago. Again, the views Campbell published were considered “mainstream” in his time. Did he truly hold them or was he simply publishing what he thought the reading public wanted to hear? Or, was he simply trying to start a debate on the issue by getting the conversation started? I don’t know. No one alive truly does. And Campbell died a long time ago and is unable to defend himself today.

Which begs the question: What purpose is served by digging up the long dead and beating up on the corpse for past “sins” which weren’t considered “sins” during the time with which they lived? Had they committed actual crimes during their lives, I could see the outrage. But Wilder murdered no person because of their ancestry. Dewey was never accused of rape or causing physical harm to another because of the color of their skin.

Do we really want to set the precedent of being found guilty of being a product of one’s time? Would any of us fare better than they in a century if the people of the 22nd Century look back and judge us by the standards that they live by?

I doubt it. No one’s life can withstand scrutiny under that kind of a microscope. So, do we erase the good they did simply because they are guilty of not being the “Woke” creatures that *right thinkers* demand we all be today?

How about this. Let’s honor the good they accomplished and continue to have a discussion about all of the other parts of their legacy out in the open where something might be learned. Maybe even avoid repeating some of their errors along the way while we are at it?

This is one of the reasons why the Helicon Awards have adopted all three of these creators and named awards in their honor. Because we come to praise creators’ legacies, not to bury them.

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Remembering A Lost Friend

Today marks two years since I received the phone call you never want to get, especially at 5:30 in the morning.

Michael Gibson was a very good friend of mine, even though we’d never met in person or even spoken a word to each other. It is a testament to the age of the Internet that we live in today that strong friendships can be formed in cyberspace.

We were both avid fantasy football players and met on an old BBS-style site devoted to the hobby called The Asylum. We both started writing our first novels at about the same time and often e-mailed chapters back-and-forth to be critiqued. While I decided to write under my real name, he decided to go with a pen name. I sometimes wonder if he had the right idea all along on that decision.

About the time my first novel, Reservations, was released by Oak Tree Press, Michael released his first novel, Storm Clouds Gathering, the first of the Sentience Trilogy. The third book, Wrath of an Angry God, was nominated for Best Military Sc-Fi Novel in the first-ever Dragon Awards in 2016.

Unfortunately, David Weber was also nominated in that category that year. Mike was just happy to be nominated. And he was the first to commiserate with me the next year when Escaping Infinity, a 2017 Dragon Award nominee for Best Sci-Fi Novel, was similarly steamrolled by James S.A. Corey.

We were supposed to finally meet in person in March of 2017, but my trip to Texas was canceled when I got very ill and could not travel. He was supposed to fly out to Santa Barbara, California on Sept. 14th and I would drive up from Thousand Oaks and meet him.

Then came the phone call.

He had started his day off as usual, in his office getting ready to resume working on his fourth novel with a cup of coffee on his desk. He was talking with his son one second and then dead from a heart attack the next. If there was any comfort to be found that morning it was that it was that sudden and he did not suffer.

His family and  many friends were left to do all of the suffering. All of us still miss him terribly to this very day. I was the eldest child of three in the family. The older brother to my siblings.

Mike was my older brother. His council and humor more valuable to me than any amount of gold you would choose to name. It has been two years now and I still find myself wanting to drop him a message or ask his advice online.

So when his family asked me to help finish his fourth, and what will be his last, novel there was no chance I’d say no. His novel, Eerie, has taken longer to get through the final steps before being released. But it is hoped to be out before the end of the year. It will be worth waiting for, I promise.

As I reflect on my lost friend, it is hard to believe it has been two years since he was taken from us. I wonder, after Eerie what he would have done next. We were cheated out of a great voice in SF/F.

So that this doesn’t end in sadness, I want to share a somewhat lengthy joke Mike once shared with me. I don’t know where he found it. I just know that by the time I get to the end I am in tears, laughing so hard. Those kind of tears are the ones I want to shed when I think of my friend.

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Texas Chili Cookoff

 

Recently, a visitor from the Mid-West named Frank was selected as a judge at a Texas Chili cook-off, mainly because no one else wanted to do it. Also, the original person called in sick at the last moment and Frank just happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came in. Frank was assured by the other two judges that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy, and besides they told him that he could have free beer during the tasting, so he accepted.

 

Chili # 1: Mike’s Maniac Mobster Monster Chili

JUDGE ONE: A little too heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.

JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato flavor Very mild.

 

FRANK: Holy shit, what is this stuff? You could remove oil stains from your driveway with it. Took two beers to put the flames out. Hope that’s the worst one. These people are nuts.

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Chili # 2: Arthur’s Afterburner Chili

JUDGE ONE: Smoky (barbecue?) flavor with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeño tang.

JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavor, but needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

 

FRANK: Keep this out of reach of children! I’m not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. Shoved my way to the front of the beer line. The barmaid looks like a professional wrestler after a bad night. She was so irritated over my gagging sounds that the snake tattoo under her eye started to twitch. She has arms like Popeye and a face like Winston Churchill. I will NOT pick a fight with her.

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Chili # 3: Fred’s Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili

JUDGE ONE: Excellent firehouse chili! Great kick. Needs more beans.

JUDGE TWO: A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of red peppers.

 

FRANK: This has got to be a joke. Call the EPA, I’ve located a toxic chemical spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now and got out of my way so I could make it to the beer wagon. Barmaid pounded me on the back; now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. She said her friends call her “Sally.” Probably behind her back they call her “Forklift.”

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Chili # 4: Bubba’s Black Magic

JUDGE ONE: Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

JUDGE TWO: A hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.

 

FRANK: I felt something scraping across my tongue but was unable to taste it. Sally was standing behind me with fresh refills so I wouldn’t have to dash over to see her. When she winked at me her snake sort of coiled and uncoiled. It’s kinda cute…. Damn, that 300 lb. bitch is starting to look HOT, just like this nuclear waste I’m eating.

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Chili # 5: Linda’s Legal Lip Remover

JUDGE ONE: Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

JUDGE TWO: Chili using shredded beef; could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

 

FRANK: My ears are ringing and I can no longer focus my eyes. I belched and four people in front of me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed hurt when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue by pouring beer directly on it from a pitcher. Sort of irritates me that one of the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw these rednecks!

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Chili # 6: Vera’s Very Vegetarian Variety

JUDGE ONE: Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spice and peppers.

JUDGE TWO: The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.

 

FRANK: My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous flames. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except Sally. I asked if she wants to go dancing later. Is chili an aphrodisiac? I’m getting shit-faced from all the beer.

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Chili # 7: Susan’s Screaming Sensation Chili

JUDGE ONE: A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned Peppers.

JUDGE TWO: Ho Hum, tastes as if the chef threw in canned chili peppers at the last moment. I should note that I am worried about Judge Number 3, he appears to be in a bit of distress.

 

FRANK: You could put a hand grenade in my mouth and pull the pin and I wouldn’t feel it. I’ve lost the sight in one eye and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My clothes are covered with chili which slid unnoticed out of my mouth at some point. Good, at the autopsy they’ll know what killed me. Go Sally, save yourself before it’s too late. Tell our children I’m sorry I was not there to conceive them. I’ve decided to stop breathing, it’s too painful and I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air I’ll just let it in through the hole in my stomach. Call the X-Files people & tell them I’ve discovered a super nova on my tongue.

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Chili # 8: Helen’s Mount Saint Chili

JUDGE ONE: A perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili, safe for all, not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.

JUDGE TWO: This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge Number 3 passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it. Poor Yank… I wonder how he’d have reacted to a really hot chili?

 

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ASJ: Show #32: Christie Stratos

Historical fiction author, Christie Stratos, joins the show today. She talks about her psychological thrillers set in the Victorian era, the research that goes into writing fiction set in the past and her own video shows that she does with and for authors.

It was a great show to do and Christie was a magnificent guest! Enjoy!

VIDEO: SHOW 32

 

AUDIO: SHOW 32

That’s Amo-REEEEEEEEEEE

A little earlier today I listed some of the reactions to the 2019 Dragon Awards from the woke crowd. We have a late entry to the field.

This personage, s/he doesn’t rate high enough on the annoyance meter to get a nickname, has crossed my path before. Namely, posting something very incorrect on her blog regarding my work, acknowledging receipt of the correction and its accuracy and then failing to publicly correct the error. It’s a common trait among the “woke”, their “truth” has zero fucks to give about the facts.

Anyway, s/he weighed in and s/he did so with a whopper. Here is the premise:

The Dragon Awards, despite holding a 4-to-1 or more advantage in voter participation over the Hugos, is still not a legitimate award because of the Goodreads Awards, which has somewhere around 100,000 voters.

Yes, they do have more voters, dear, they also vote on every genre out there, not just Sci-Fi/Fantasy. And lets add in all the non-fiction categories too. So yeah, they have more voters because they have a much larger pool to draw from.

How many of those tens of thousands voted in Sci-Fi/Fantasy? I’m betting the answer is not 100%. I’ll be surprised if its even 10%. Most of those voters are there for Romance and other higher drawing genres.

And let us not even get into the reason why I call it TrollReads. I know of one person who has 30, yes, THIRTY, different Goodreads accounts. How many of those votes are one person casting multiple votes for their choices? How many different people are in the mix with multiple accounts? Sorry, dear, no sale.

So s/he will have to forgive me if I am not impressed by Goodreads numbers when it comes to SF/F. The truth is, the Dragons are the number one award in SF/F, both in prestige and in voter participation.

The other point s/he brings up is that Indie publishers didn’t win this year and the larger publishers did. I’m not sure why that matters. As long as the number of voters continues to increase, the better read we will get on what types of stories SF/F really do enjoy.

This year’s Dragons sent a statement to the woke crowd, accounting for the wailing “REEEEEEEEEEEEE” we keep hearing: The trash you tried to shove down our throats is rejected, go peddle it to your own kind the next time you gather down in mom’s basement for Pop Tarts and Kool-Aid.

Yes, it was a good day for Baen and some of the other larger publishers. Yes, I’d like to see an Indie author collect of those amazingly beautiful awards. It looks like they have a new design this year and it looks awesome. As soon as I can track down a good photo of it, I’ll post it.

I don’t doubt for a second that an Indie publisher will have his or her name called one day soon. The challenge for those of us who are Indie (or a hybrid like me who publishes his novels Indie but publishes short stories traditionally) is to make it happen.

And it will happen, trust me.

And when that day arrives they’ll be able to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth all the way to that little planet that circles Tau Ceti, 12 light-years from Earth.

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Dragon Awards 2019: AAR

I waited a couple of days to do this so I could get a read on the post-Dragon Award reactions to Sunday’s winners being announced.

To no one’s surprise, the usual suspects have been in full “REEEEEEEEEEEE” mode ever since. So much so that they do two things: Expose their hypocrisy and prove once again that the Sad Puppies won the debate that night in 2015 in Washington State at WorldCon when the Hugos basically committed seppuku.

Our good friend, the Great Lady Cora Butthurt – canonized in the Divine Trolls Comedies – led the charge. You see, the Dragon Awards are misogynist. Wymen can’t win. Don’t bother telling her that women have won at the Dragon Awards over its four-year history. Her “truth” trumps your facts, you racist, sexist, ableist, etc, etc.

She took her vile hatred a step further by attacking the race of one of the winners, Larry Correia (Best Fantasy Novel) by claiming he’s actually a white man who “identifies as Latino.”

Honey, Larry doesn’t just “identify”, he is 100% Latino by birth, by heritage and by his life. He was born near Merced, California – about 30 miles south of where I was born and grew up – and worked on his family’s dairy as he grew up. Go to Merced – hell, anywhere in the Central Valley – and tell people the Correias are “white people” and you’ll get laughed at so hard every single one of your ancestors will leap from their graves and commit seppuku out of shame.

Frau Butthurt, she hails from Germany (yes, a country with such a great record of race relations that only tried to gas an entire race into extinction) is a man-hater. That much can be seen from her blog posts. She cheers the Hugos and Nebulas on as they go full sexist and to an extent racist if the man being targeted is white. She would be delighted if every category of those two awards were women-only nominees every year from now on.

Then, of course, we have our good friend, the Australian Asshat. (Nope, Cam, I won’t use your fake name again).

On his blog there is a post – and I would not be surprised to learn he posted it under another fake screen name to make it look like people actually go to his blog – claiming the Dragon Awards are sexist and they have the numbers to prove it!

You see, the top two awards (I feel all of the categories are equally special, but they have to segregate two of them to justify their hate) have gone to – GASP! – men “10 times out of 10”.

Pause here for a second. The claim is 10 times out of 10 the Best SciFi and Best Novel Awards have gone to men at the Dragon Awards.

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In two categories each year.

In four years.

Do the math. 2 awards per year for 4 years = 10? Maybe if you are using Common Core math. In the real world, it doesn’t work, does it?

Yes, in each of the four years, a male writer has won both the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novel awards. But that isn’t the desired result programmed into the award, unlike the Hugos and Nebulas. It just worked out that way.

UPDATE: (8/3/2019 2:12 PDT) The aformentioned dodo brain has backtracked and is now claiming he meant that 10 men have won all of the Dragon Awards in the top two categories over the four years. Sure. Because no one would ever think that saying 10 out of 10 meant 10 separate awards were won by 10 separate men, right? Look, pal, you either bungled the math or you tried to inflate the numbers to make it look even worse. Either way, you got caught. Just own up to it and move on.

By the way, the Hugos combine Sci-FI and Fantasy into one award for Best Novel. Out of ALL of the writers in those two genres, a female writer has won the award in each of the last four years. Including one writer winning three straight years.

I think that is more statistically improbable than the Dragons’ results. At least, without the vote being influenced, which we know is the case with those other two awards.

How do I know? Look at the history of those awards. They are exclusive, closed to outsiders unless a poll tax is paid to participate. The Nebulas require membership into the SFWA, a hefty sum that also requires an applicant to survive a strict set of qualifications. These are designed to filter out all but those desired to be a member and thus ensure the status quo remains in place. There are also allegations of publishers and major authors buying memberships for people to go and vote for their benefactor.

The Hugos? A membership is also required and the minimum amount to get to nominate and vote is $50. Oh, and if you are voting for a *wrongthinker* the Hugos have a firewall called No Award. This club was used in 2015, which helped keep the award from going to the *wrongwriter*. It also helped show to the whole SF/F world that what the Sad Puppies had been saying all along was absolutely true.

12391200_1051842254836608_5427364927344955744_nI mentioned the phrase “poll tax” earlier. That’s exactly what it is. The old Jim Crow Poll Tax designed to keep a certain group from being able to participate. And it has worked. Voting numbers for both awards are down. Funny, how the folks claiming to be “inclusive” act like the racist, sexist, bigots they falsely claim others are.

The Dragon Awards? Absolutely free, to nominate and to vote for the finalists. While the Hugos drew a paltry 1,800 nominations and less than 3,100 votes for the finalists, the Dragon Awards are reported to have exceeded 10,000 votes last year and I’m willing to bet had even more this year.

SF/F readers would much rather spend their $50, $100 or more on books and other memorabilia than waste it voting for an award run by people that despise them.

So, to wrap it up for this year, long live the Dragon Awards. They are, and may they forever be, the premier award in all of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Congratulations to all of the winners over the first four years. And well done to all of the finalists from all four years as well. We are all of us in good company.

And, more importantly, thank you to all of the readers and fans who purchase our works and vote in the Dragon Awards.

In the final analysis, it is all of you who are the true winners today.

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2019 Dragon Awards

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

“REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!”

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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