Dragon Con announced the winners of its 6th annual Dragon Awards. These awards are chosen by fans to recognize the best in books, comics, games, and filmed entertainment. These include three unique convention awards that recognize achievement in short fiction and lifelong contributions to the profession and fandom.
The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter by Elaine Cuyegkeng 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. Past winners include Simone Heller (2019), Fran Wilde (2018), and N.K Jemisin (2017).
Dragon Con awarded the Julie Award, which is given to an industry professional for universal achievement spanning multiple genres, to comic book writer Chris Claremont, best known for his 16 years at the helm of Uncanny X-men. Claremont created several of the best-known characters such as Rogue and Mystique, as well as lifting Wolverine into one of the most popular characters of all time, and turning the notion of mutants into a metaphor for the way America treats minorities and migrants.
And finally, Jeffrey Moore was recognized with the Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award. This award is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to fandom. Moore has not only been a 25-year volunteer at Dragon Con but also has supported several other science fiction and fantasy conventions around metro Atlanta.
The Dragon Awards were created in 2016 as part of Dragon Con’s 30th-anniversary celebration. All fans – not just Dragon Con members or attendees – were invited to nominate their favorite properties for the awards and then select Dragon Award winners by voting on the annual Dragon Awards ballot.
More than 7,000 fans cast ballots for this year’s Dragon Award winners, selected from among 93 properties in 15 categories covering the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming, and tabletop gaming. Winners were announced on Sept. 5 at Dragon Con 2021 in downtown Atlanta.
Here is the full list of Dragon Con Award winners:
Best Science Fiction Novel
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown
Best Alternate History Novel
1637: No Peace Beyond The Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon
Best Media Tie-In Novel
Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon
Best Horror Novel
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Best Comic Book
X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Best Graphic Novel
The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
The Expanse, Amazon
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
The Old Guard by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Ubisoft
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells, Zynga
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Dune: Imperium, Dire Wolf Games
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game, Cubicle 7
All of the winners are to be congratulated for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.