Son of the Dragon (Awards)
It’s June. We have only one or two Dragon Awards posts to go. Thank God, because the work is starting to pile up.
AND I have to redo this because all the review links are toast. the Upstream Review site was infested with malware, and Wordpress decided to hold us ransom—pay them $200, they’ll clean the site AND protect us from future incidents. Which is funny, even the mafia is less explicit with their protection racket. We moved to Substack in about ten minutes, and we’re up and running already
I yap about the Dragon Awards around here. And my reasons for it are numerous. Some of them are here. They’re the largest fan-voted awards out there. It’s free to vote on. You don’t even have to register or attend the convention.
It will only cost you time.
And if you want to vote, trust me, I’m going to be investing WAY more time than you are.
It also gives me an excuse to talk about books.
Not that I really need an excuse, but I do enjoy having one. I don’t feel as weird.
Yes, I have a list of who I’m voting for.
If I leave the categories blank, it means I STILL got nothing.
If you wonder why I’m not having a full, massive, months-long discussion, gathering up every eligible author and product. Been there, done that. It was a train wreck and I’m not doing that to myself again.
But I seriously want a discussion if I can get one. Why do this? Because if I don’t try one, who will? And again, the nominations **are already open.**
Please remember that eligible nominees came out AFTER 7/1/21, up 6/30/22. So double check before throwing something into the ring. I’m starting with who I’m voting for at the moment.
So... here... we ... go.
It could also be Military SF, but since it’s a space opera, it’s genre fluid.
Then again, I’m so far behind on my TBR pile, this is one of the few SF novels that I know came out in the eligibility window.
Yes, for the record, White Ops is mine. I’d like to boast that I deserve it. I’m the best out there. I covet the shiny award, blah blah blah.
But I also can’t name you a damn thing in SF that came out in the eligibility window that isn’t written by me.
Okay, I can name you something that’s supposed to come out. One is a book by Michael Z Williamson, That Was Then, This is Now. Don’t even ask me about it, I haven’t read it, or the first one.
The other is Abbott in Darkness by D.J. Butler. Again, I know of it, and I may own it, but I’m not going to be able to read it by then…
Also, I know Timothy Zahn has The Icarus Plot. Not sure if that’s happening before the end of the month. In fact, I don’t know if any of those three are even out yet.
Sorry, I just miss having a brain.
Best Fantasy (Paranormal)
Sigh. I’m starting to remember why I didn’t post a Dragon Award post in April.
Because I wanted to nominate The Dragon and his Wrath, by Dan Humphreys.
Isn’t this an awesome cover?
Pity that it’s also from Silver Empire, and it’s also been unpublished. I have no idea if it’s going to be live again by the time the eligibility window closes.
And I’m not sure I can get enough people to read it before then.
Yes, this this is an Urban Fantasy novel. Why can’t the Dragons please get one lousy UF category? We can call it the Jim Butcher award.
Anyone have anything they can put in here? Just in case?
You know what? Let’s shoot for Tim Powers' Stolen Skies.
Sworn to the Light, the Avatar Wizard Book 1, by Denton Salle.
Good God, this was just plain FUN. I do recommend you at least check out the review over here. It’s where I did most of my gushing.
Best Military SFF Novel
Karl Gallagher, Seize What’s Held Dear.
Imagine if Honor Harrington were fighting 1984 and not the French Revolution. You’d get this. I don’t think I’m exaggerating how good this is in the review.
Best Alternate History Novel
The Romanov Rescue, by Tom Kratman, Kacey Ezell, et al.
Yes, I finally got off my ass and reviewed the damn thing. Amen!
Best Media Tie-In Novel
I just found out that Timothy Zahn released a Thrawn book last year, called Lesser Evil. I’ll read it and get back to you.
Best Horror Novel
Best Comic Book
No, I haven’t read it. I haven't read a comic book since Straczynski left Amazing Spider Man nearly 20 years ago.
However, I’m told that Demon Slayer outsold the entire American Comic book industry last year. And the English run finished in in August 2021. So it’s eligible.
I’m told Kamen America is good.
Any other suggestions?
Best Graphic Novel
Black Tide Rising, Volume 1 by Chuck Dixon, Brett R. Smith & John Ringo (Baen)? I read the books, and they were fun. And Chuck Dixon did the entire Knightfall saga back in the 90s. I can’t see how they can fail.
Best SFF TV Series, TV or Internet
I hope someone comes up with something, or Disney shills are going to just vote in Book of Boba Fett, and everyone seems to hate that... except for when it's an episode of Mandalorian.
I’m not a fan of what they’ve done to The Witcher.
I couldn’t get into The Expanse.
However, I’m told that Resident Alien is pretty good.
Best SFF Movie
While I haven’t seen anything that came out last year, I’m told the following were good.
~Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
I have no idea, I have a stack of video games over a foot high that I haven’t touched.
~Halo: Infinite, 343 Games?
~It has been suggested that I try: Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
And now, the "I have no f***ing idea" categories.
Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game?
New edition of the Twilight 2000 RPG, from Free League Publishing (suggested)
Good luck with those, I have no clue.
So that’s it. Those are my best guesses for right now. I'd throw in hashtags or tag people, but most of the ones who I'd want to bring in either don't care, or are so self-aggrandizing, it wouldn’t be a discussion, it'd be nothing but "ME ME ME."
Trust me, been there, done that. Never again.