Dragon Awards: 2019

UPDATE: Voting for the Dragon Awards ends this week. So if your’re going to vote do it now.

It’s only been three years and already the Dragon Awards have easily outstripped the disgraced and damn near forgotten Hugos as the award representing the best and brightest in science fiction and fantasy.

Final Ballot for 2019 is up.

A single ” * ” indicates a work that Cataline Recommends.

A double ” ** ” indicates a work that is slap in the face to Kathleen Kennedy or something else that needs one.

If I put nothing I have no recommendations in that category but I am open to suggestions from my beloved readers.

2019 Dragon Award Ballot

Best Science Fiction Novel 
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
* A Star-Wheeled Sky by Brad R. Torgersen
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

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal) 
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

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel 
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Armageddon Girls by Aaron Michael Ritchey
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
Imposters by Scott Westerfeld
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
The King’s Regret by Philip Ligon
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel 
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
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Best Alternate History Novel 
* Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling
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

Best Media Tie-In Novel 
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
** Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Best Horror Novel 
Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
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

Best Comic Book 
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
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder, Mark Simpson

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

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones, HBO
Good Omens, Amazon Prime
Lucifer, Netflix
** The Orville, Fox
The Umbrella Academy, Netflix
Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie 
* Alita: Battle Angel by Robert Rodriguez
Aquaman by James Wan
Avengers: Endgame by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
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

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

3 thoughts on “Dragon Awards: 2019

  1. Order of the Centurion is fantastic. One of the best GE books in my opinion, and a great example of “subverting expectations” in a GOOD way by playing with one of the series tropes.

    I have the first nu-Thrawn book but haven’t read it yet. I don’t like supporting the devil mouse anymore.


  2. So “The Orville” isn’t totally converged garbage? I figured if Seth MacFarlane was involved it had to be a cocktail of tired, anti-christian, “I freaking love science!!” stupidity, crossed with AIDS. But if you think it’s more deserving of a Dragon Award than Good Omens, it can’t be that bad.

    Would you consider doing a “Cataline recommends” about it?


    1. Please let me assure you, EVERYTHING in that category is totally converged garbage.

      But since Game of Thrones blew itself up in the wire this season there is actually a chance it will go to somebody else for a change.

      The Orville is a slap in the face to Star Trek: Discovery, as it is basically a fan fic version of Star Trek the Next Generation.

      And it does give me the occastional belly laugh.


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