Dragon Con took place this weekend and during it, the 7th annual Dragon Awards was announced. The fan’s choice awards recognizes the best in books, comics, games, and filmed entertainment.
Dragon Con announced three other awards, recognizing achievement in short fiction and lifelong contributions to the profession and fandom.
- Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather by Sarah Pinsker was honored with the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, established in the memory of the Nebula-award winning author and long-time Dragon Con volunteer director. A juried award, the “Eugie” celebrates the best in innovative fiction.
- The Julie Award, given to an industry professional for universal achievement spanning multiple genres, was awarded to comic book writer and artist Jim Starlin, who created Thanos, Shang-Chi, Dreadstar, and many other best-recognized characters. Starlin was also a pioneer in securing creator ownership for comics artists and writers.
- And, John Carroll was recognized with the Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award, given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to fandom. Carroll has not only been a 15-year volunteer at Dragon Con, working in the convention’s Tech Ops and other departments, but also has supported several other science fiction and fantasy conventions around metro Atlanta including sister convention MomoCon.
The Dragon Awards were launched in 2016 as part of Dragon Con’s 30th anniversary. More than 7,000 fans cast ballots for this year’s awards and selected from 93 properties across 15 categories.
Congrats to everyone. And the winners are…
Best Science Fiction Novel
Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey
Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Book of Night by Holly Black
Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
A Call to Insurrection by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
Best Alternate History Novel
The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley by Mercedes Lackey
Best Media Tie-In Novel
Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn
Best Horror Novel
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
Best Comic Book
Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen, Mark Brooks
Best Graphic Novel
Dune: House Atreides Volume 2 by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Dev Pramanik
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Stranger Things, Netflix
Best Science Fiction of Fantasy Movie
Dune by Denis Villeneuve
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Best Science Fiction of Fantasy Mobile Game
Diablo Immortal, Blizzard
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Star Wars Outer Rim: Unfinished Business, Fantasy Flight Games
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectable Card / Role-Playing Game
Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast