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Dragon Awards Shortlists

By / August 15, 2016 / no comments

And there’s another new award on the block. It’s organised by DragonCon, which turns 30 this year, and which bills itself as the world’s largest “multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music & film”, which is a lot of focus, and which may be why there are so many awards . It’s a fan award, apparently voted on by members of DragonCon, and there are so many categories (Best Comic Book, Graphic Novel, PC Console Game, Mobile Game, Board Game, Miniatures/Collectible Card/Role-Playing Game) that I’m not going to list all of them. You can find the full shortlists here (I would direct you to the DragonCon site, but although they have lots of information about the awards, they don’t seem to have the actual shortlist announcement anywhere).

The major science fiction categories are:

Best Science Fiction Novel

The Life Engineered (World Engineered)The Life Engineered, J-F. Dubeau (Sword & Laser)





Raising Caine (Caine Riordan)Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)





Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch)Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit)





Agent of the Imperium: A Story of the Traveller Universe

Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller (Far Future Enterprises)





AuroraAurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)





Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering RealmSomewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)





Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Blood In the Water (Destroyermen)Blood in the Water, Taylor Anderson (Roc)





Chains of Command (Frontlines)Chains of Command, Marko Kloos (47North)





Wrath of an Angry God: Book-3 in the SENTIENCE TrilogyWrath of an Angry God, Gibson Michaels (Arc Flash)





Allies and Enemies: Fallen (Volume 1)Allies and Enemies: Fallen, Amy J. Murphy (Self-published)





The End of All Things (Old Man's War)The End of All Things, John Scalzi (Tor)

At the beginning of the year, Scalzi announced that he didn’t want his books to be considered for any awards this year. He has specifically asked that The End of All Things should be removed from this shortlist. In the absence of any official announcement on the DragonCon site, it is not clear whether this has been done.



Hell's Foundations Quiver (Safehold)Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)





The Price of Valor (The Shadow Campaigns)The Price of Valor, Django Wexler (Roc)





Best Alternate History Novel

GermanicaGermanica, Robert Conroy (Baen)





1635: A Parcel of Rogues (The Ring of Fire)1635: A Parcel of Rogues, Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis (Baen)





1636: The Cardinal Virtues (The Ring of Fire)1636: The Cardinal Virtues, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt (Baen)





Deadlands: GhostwalkersDeadlands: Ghostwalkers, Jonathan Maberry (Tor)





League of Dragons (Temeraire)League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)





Bombs Away: The Hot War (Hot War, The)Bombs Away: The Hot War, Harry Turtledove (Del Rey)





Best Apocalyptic Novel

CTRL ALT Revolt!Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)





Chasing FreedomChasing Freedom, Marina Fontaine (Self-published)





Dark AgeDark Age, Felix O. Hartmann (Self-published)





The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth)The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)





The Desert and the Blade (Change Series)The Desert and the Blade, S.M. Stirling (Roc)





A Time To DieA Time to Die, Mark Wandrey (Henchmen)





DragonCon is its own little world, but I do wonder if these are the shortlists we might have expected to see if the Puppies had had complete freedom to decide the Hugo shortlists? The winners will be announced at DragonCon early in September.

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