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Dragon Awards: Congrats to the shortlisted nominees!

Recently Dragon Con announced the shortlist for the very first Dragon Awards. As this list is currently only available on their site to those who registered to vote (though, a few other sites have posted the list), we figured we would share it here.  There are a lot of amazing novels on here that I have personally read and loved. We’d like to wish all those who have been shortlisted a hearty congratulations!

Below is the list for each of the categories:

Best Science Fiction Novel
The Life Engineered, J-F. Dubeau (Sword & Laser)
Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller (Far Future Enterprises)
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright (Castalia House)

Best Fantasy Novel
Asteroid Made of Dragons, G. Derek Adams (Sword & Laser)
Blood Hound, James Osiris Baldwin (Gift Horse Productions)
The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc)
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)
Changeling’s Island, Dave Freer (Baen)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Grave Measures, R.R. Virdi (Self-published)

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Holt)
Changeling’s Island, Dave Freer (Baen)
Steeplejack, A.J. Hartley (Tor Teen)
Trix and the Faerie Queen, Alethea Kontis (Self-published)
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)
Carry On, Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Calamity, Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte)
Updraft, by Fran Wilde (Tor)

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Blood in the Water, Taylor Anderson (Roc)
Chains of Command, Marko Kloos (47North)
Wrath of an Angry God, Gibson Michaels (Arc Flash)
Fallen, Amy J. Murphy (Self-published)
The End of All Things, John Scalzi (Tor)* — Scalzi has declined/attempted to decline his nomination, I will leave this here until it’s officially removed.
Hell’s Foundations Quiver, David Weber (Tor)
The Price of Valor, Django Wexler (Roc)

Best Alternate History Novel
Germanica, Robert Conroy (Baen)
1635: A Parcel of Rogues, Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis (Baen)
1636: The Cardinal Virtues, Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt (Baen)
Deadlands: Ghostwalkers, Jonathan Maberry (Tor)
League of Dragons, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Bombs Away: The Hot War, Harry Turtledove (Del Rey)

Best Apocalyptic Novel
Ctrl Alt Revolt!, Nick Cole (Castalia House)
Chasing Freedom, Marina Fontaine (Self-published)
Dark Age, Felix O. Hartmann (Self-published)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
The Desert and the Blade, S.M. Stirling (Roc)
A Time to Die, Mark Wandrey (Henchmen)

Best Horror Novel
Honor at Stake, Declan Finn (Caliburn)
Alice, Christina Henry (Ace)
An Unattractive Vampire, Jim McDoniel (Sword & Laser)
Souldancer, Brian Niemeier (Self-published)
Chapelwood, Cherie Priest (Roc)
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

Best Comic Book
Astro City
Civil War II
DC Universe: Rebirth
Ms. Marvel

Best Graphic Novel
The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
Chicago, Glenn Head (Fantagraphics)
March: Book Two, John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf Productions)
Virgil, Steve Orlando (Image)
Sacred Heart, Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics)
Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Doctor Who
The Expanse
The Flash
Game of Thrones
Jessica Jones

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Captain America: Civil War
Crimson Peak
The Martian
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

For more information on the Dragon Awards, read up about them on their website, here. You’ll also be able to register for voting on their site.

Rebecca created The Arched Doorway back in 2011 as an outlet for her thoughts on the books she reads. She spends her time as a freelance editor and reviewer. Her first anthology, Neverland's Library, came out in 2014 from Ragnarok Publications. Rebecca primarily reads historical and epic fantasy novels, such as those by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Christian Cameron and Terry Brooks. She lives in Toronto, ON with her two snakes and hundreds of books.

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