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DRAGON CON’S Dragon Awards Publishes Its 2017 BALLOT


Fans-Focused Awards Recognizes Excellence in Fifteen Categories of Fiction,
Comics, Gaming, and Filmed Entertainment

Second Annual Awards Will Be Announced at Dragon Con over Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA – August 7, 2017 – Dragon Con’s Dragon Awards, a fan-chosen awards program to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy literature, comics, gaming, and filmed entertainment, has published its 2017 ballot.

The Dragon Awards are decidedly a “fans’ choice” award. All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – are invited to select the Dragon Award winners by voting – for free – on the second annual Dragon Awards ballot. The full ballot can be accessed here:

To vote, fans much register on the Dragon Awards website:   Ballots are then emailed to registered voters a few days later.

“We believe strongly in the principle of one fan, one vote,” said Pat Henry, president of Dragon Con, Inc. “We believe that the vast body of fandom is in the best position to identify and recognize the most beloved works in science fiction and fantasy today.”

Henry went on to encourage every fan to go vote for their favorite works.

“We all know that a determined minority can carry the day when not enough people vote,” Henry said. “For that reason alone, we think it’s critical that fans everywhere vote for the books, games, comics and shows they love.”

The Dragon Awards were introduced in 2016 as part of the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

To accommodate as many creative genres as possible, awards will be given in each of 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming and tabletop gaming. Winners will be announced on Sept. 3rd at Dragon Con, which will be held September 1 to September 4, 2017 in Atlanta.

The ballot was selected in an open nomination process. Using the dedicated Dragon Awards website, fans were invited to nominate one (and only one) of their favorite properties in any or all the award categories.  Nominations ran from early April until July 25. The best and most popular of the nominated properties were elevated to the ballot.

All voting will be done electronically and only on the Dragon Awards site. No memberships or other qualifiers are required, making the voting open to all of the fans of all forms of science fiction. Fans have until Monday, August 28that 11:59 p.m., Eastern, to register.  Voting ends 24-hours later, on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:59 p.m., also Eastern.

Further details are available on the awards website Please direct all inquiries to or mail them to: Dragon Awards, PO Box 16459, Atlanta, GA 30321-0459 USA

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television programming, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Best Science Fiction Novel

Rise by Brian Guthrie
Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Death’s End by Cixin Liu
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier
Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli
Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards

  1. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day
The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta
Beast Master by Shayne Silvers
Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle

  1. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Firebrand by A.J. Hartley
Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright

  1. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico
Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey
Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes
Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox
Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz
Allies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy
Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon
Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke

  1. Best Alternate History Novel

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville
A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry
Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint
No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah
Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli
Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

  1. Best Apocalyptic Novel

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes
The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz
American War by Omar El Akkad
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz

  1. Best Horror Novel

Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn
Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga
The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau
The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers
Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten

  1. Best Comic Book

Motor Girl by Terry Moore
Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis
Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

  1. Best Graphic Novel

Stuck in My Head by J.R. Mounts
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Girl Genius: the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, Book 2: The City of Lightning by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
Clive Barker Nightbreed #3 by Marc Andreyko, Clive Barker, Emmanuel Javier
March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
Love is Love by Marc Andreyko, Sarah Gaydos, James S. Rich
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Doctor Who, BBC
Lucifer, Fox
Westworld, HBO
Wynonna Earp, Syfy
Marvel’s Agents of Shield, ABC
The Expanse, Syfy
Stranger Things, Netflix
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn

Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson
Passengers directed by Morten Tyldum
Logan directed by James Mangold
Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve
Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix
Titanfall 2 by Respawn Entertainment
Mass Effect: Andromeda by Bioware
Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios
NieR: Automata by PlatinumGames
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Monument Valley 2 by Ustwogames
Sky Dancer by Pine Entertainment
Con Man: The Game by Monkey Strength Productions
Super Mario Run by Nintendo
Fire Emblem Heroes by Nintendo
Pokemon GO by Niantic

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games
Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games
Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk by Avalon Hill
Hero Realms by White Wizard Games
Scythe by Stonemaier Games

  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games
Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon by Wizards of the Coast
A Shadow Across the Galaxy X-Wing Wave X by Fantasy Flight Games
Bloodborne: The Card Game by CMON Limited
Pulp Cthulhu by Chaosium
Star Wars: Destiny by Fantasy Flight Games

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