DragonCon is an legendary sci-fi convention held every year in Atlanta. It is a 60,000 person party that takes over four city blocks for a weekend. And it isn’t a stuffy, literati snoot-fest. It is Nerd Mardi Gras. The whole city turns out for the costume parade. And at night every college student in the southeast crashes the place. It is young, vibrant, energetic, and frankly a little crazy. Nobody gives a crap if you are having fun wrong, just that you are having fun.
And this year they have started their own fan awards. http://awards.dragoncon.org/
These awards are open for anybody who loves fantasy and sci-fi to vote. There’s no membership fee. It doesn’t cost anything. They just want as many fans as possible to participate.
This weekend I was at LibertyCon, and I ran into one of the organizers of the Dragon Awards. He said that he was kind of surprised that he hadn’t seen me talk about them online much. I told him that was because of Sad Puppies, I’m a controversial figure, there are just too many bitter harpies and poo flingers from fandom’s inbred pustulent under-choad who automatically flip out about anything I do, so I didn’t want to rock the boat for them.
But his response? Screw that. This award is for ALL FANS. And you have fans. So GO BUG THEM! We want so many people voting in this thing that no little clique or faction can sway it. The more fans involved, the better.
(an attitude that demonstrates why DragonCon is awesome)
There is no *gasp that outsider author dared to talk to his enthusiastic fans rather than suck up to our cliques discreetly* nonsense. Come to the Dragon Award and fly your wrongfan flag proud.
So if you’ve not already, go click that link and nominate your favorite things. Let’s flood this sucker! Tell your friends. Share the link. Spread the word. This award isn’t for a small clique to take turns telling each other how brilliant they are. This award is for all of fandom to celebrate what they think is great.
Now me personally, I’m a little biased. 🙂 I voted for Son of the Black Sword for best fantasy.
(apparently so did a bunch of you for a different prestigious award, but that is tomorrow’s blog post!)
There are categories for military sci-fi and fantasy too, a category that sells piles of books, but traditionally doesn’t get much love from awards. There is also a category for horror, which I think is fantastic, because there is a ton of crossover between fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, and most of us read all of them. And since it is like the biggest thing in the bookstores, they’ve got a Young Adult category, and all I can say to that is about damned time!
So let’s go tell all our friends, and make the 1st annual Dragon Awards as big as possible.
EDIT: This is the first year so they’re working the bugs out of their system. Some people who signed up early had a technical problem where they didn’t get the response email. If you’ve not got a response from the help email there, post in the comments here and I’ll give a heads up to the admin.