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Son of the Black Sword is a Finalist for the Dragon Award

I found out late last night that Son of the Black Sword is a finalist for the Dragon Award.

www.awards.dragoncon.org

This is the first annual Dragon Award. It is a fan award, open to anybody to vote for whatever they think is awesome. If you would like to register to vote go to the link above. DragonCon is an a 60,000 person Nerd Mardi Gras that takes over four blocks of Atlanta for a weekend. They want as many people participating in their awards as possible. They want creators to be enthusiastic and to motivate their fans. It is fantastic.

So everybody, go to that link, get registered. Vote! (They email you your ballot) Wrongfans having wrongfun are welcome! DragonCon loves fans.

Big congratulations to all of the finalists. I know a bunch of them, and there is some great talent here. Last night it was fun seeing authors actually getting excited about an award again.

Going down this list, I’m friends with John C. Wright, Chuck Gannon, Jim Butcher, Dave Freer, Brandon Sanderson, Marko Kloos, David Weber, Eric Flint, Jonathan Maberry, Mark Wandrey, Marina Fontaine, Nick Cole, Declan Finn, and Brian Niemeier. (apologies to anybody I missed, because that’s a lot of names!)

There is a whole lot of remarkable talent here, and some of these categories are going to be tough.

Here are all the nominees.

1. Best Science Fiction Novel

2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

5. Best Alternate History Novel

6. Best Apocalyptic Novel

7. Best Horror Novel

8. Best Comic Book

9. Best Graphic Novel

10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

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

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Vivienne
Guest

I’ve voted for Son of the Black Sword, et al, and shared the fan love on BoardGameGeek (where there wasn’t currently an announcement). Much as I love Pandemic Legacy for Best Fantasy or SF Board Game, I eventually voted for Blood Rage:

https://youtu.be/1sQGkHpmO0w

Steven Schmekel
Guest

OH NO!!! Jim Butcher vs Larry Correia. WWSHD? (What would Sam Haven Do!)

Dave_H
Member

Sam would write his own book just to show these youngsters how it’s done.

Steven Schmekel
Guest

MHI: COWBOY UP, the man, the myth, the legend.

That would be epic…

Shawna
Guest

I was disappointed to see that choice as well, especially when there were other genres I hadn’t read any of the nominees for. I’d actually nominated SotBS in military fantasy to try to avoid this (that plan did not work).

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Congratulations to Larry and all of the nominees! 😀

anonme
Guest

Congratulations Larry! These awards are off to a great start.

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[…] Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher, Ctrl-Alt-Revolt by Nick Cole, Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, and Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, and he enjoyed and recommends all […]

hobanwashburne
Guest

Great googley moogley! There are some non-politically correct choices! Better call the thought police!

Congrats to Larry and the other good writers. Finally some good news.

SingleSky
Guest

To be fair, I registered more to lend votes for the Comic Book categories, but I’m happy to drop Son of the Black Sword a vote too! I genuinely loved the book and can’t wait for the series to continue.

Zavier_Desine
Guest

I am taking my wife to her first DragonCon. Mainly so I can try to get John Ringo’s autograph. Also plan to go to listen to Michael Z. Williamson. You definitely have my vote. Really glad it wasn’t in David Weber’s category cause it would be hard to vote against his Safehold series.

Bruce Strange
Guest

Cool, this gave me the chance to vote for Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter. Speaking which here’s a screenshot of my version of Larry Correia as a vault dweller. 😉

Bruce Strange
Guest
TallDave
Guest

If you’re not too far in (pre-mass fusion I think), get all available companions and send them all to the airport and wait around a few minutes. Oh, and build a bunch of laser/rocket turrets for extra fun.

Then for some real insanity, lob out a vertibird signal grenade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQXOfnRupuw

(“board vertbird? seems legit”)

Kevin P.
Guest

When I saw the email with my ballot last night, I voted immediately. Really excited about these awards, voted for by FANS and not manipulated by opinionated human dingleberries with delusions of relevance.

richard mcenroe
Guest

I’ll be voting!

BTW, Sarah Hoyt has posted a snippet of her approved MHI fic. Grant appears to have flown Delta.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

And her commenters have discovered the reason for Damiern Walter.

TomT
Guest

Well to be accurate Sarah said that Larry said she could share it with her fans without him ripping her head off. 😉

Wait does this mean there is some mortal combat style video game out there where we can pick our favorite author to play as? “IN THIS ROUND LARRY CORREIA VS TOM KRATMAN!”

Shadowdancer
Guest

So excited! Just so I could properly vote for this I reread Cinder Spires and SoTBS.

SoTBS got my vote.

I’m so going to CRY if there is a MHI book AND a Dresden Files book out on the next ballot, which is, well, HIGHLY LIKELY.

TomT
Guest

Choices. Do I vote Larry or do I vote Jim. 😉 Oh well its good to have good choices. 🙂

Diamond Mair
Guest

Congratulations on being a finalist!!
FWIW, I just left a message on The Hollywood Reporter, suggesting that, rather than yet ANOTHER re-make (Lethal Weapon is the current choice), they choose among NEWER BOOKS, specifically the Monster Hunter series. I even suggested Bruce Willis as Earl Harbinger, King of the Werewolves. Hope I didn’t overstep, but personally, I’m TRIED of retread re-makes.
Semper Fi’
DM

Shadowdancer
Guest

TBH besides the MHI series, I’d love to see Hollywood get off their collective asses and have the Disney-Marvel team make Matthew Reilly’s stuff happen.

http://www.matthewreilly.com/in-conversation

viktor
Guest

I;ve registered, but where is the voting page?

DeTroyes
Guest

I think the actual voting hasn’t started yet. At least, that’s the impression I’ve gotten from reading the information pages. Looks like they’ll be letting the voting begin around the time the registration period ends.

Unless I’m missing something, that is. Wouldn’t surprise me if I was.

TomT
Guest

They emailed me a link to a personal survey monkey page with my ballot on it.

DeTroyes
Guest

The only email I’ve gotten has been the confirmation email. Hmmm. Give it a few days, I guess?

kensieg
Guest

exactly!

airboy
Guest

I did not get an email notifying me that I could vote.
I went back to the dragoncon page and my email was registered.

What should I do?

Mts. Wright
Guest

Me, too.

kensieg
Guest

wait a few days or contact the administrators of the award.

Old NFO
Guest

Done 🙂

TallDave
Guest

Congrats. SOTBS was deserving. My favorite India analogue after Glen Cook’s Books of the South.

And of course I’ll take any chance to vote for Somewhither. Easily the best book written last year, at least among the dozen or two I read. A couple of those I don’t know but will have to pick up.

Also picked up Grunge, which was somehow out for a week before I noticed, really looking forward to it. Interested to see what Ringo can do, and Larry rarely disappoints.

kensieg
Guest

I registered a few days ago and received my online ballot yesterday. It was easy to vote and the categories made sense. Everything worked great!

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Vorkon
Guest
For the most part those are some good picks! I’m a bit disappointed that Sanderson’s latest Mistborn book didn’t make the cut in the fantasy category, but at the very least that made voting for SotBS a complete no-brainer. I’m kind of baffled that Witcher 3 didn’t make it in the video games category, though. I guess I sort of have myself to blame for that, since I nominated Undertale , but when I did that I hadn’t quite decided which of the two deserved it more, and mostly picked Undertale as my nomination because I thought there was NO… Read more »
Lawson
Guest

Ya know what the worst thing about these lists are? The possibility that I missed good books/games/ect. due to lack of free-time or hesitation.

Shadowdancer
Guest

The good thing about these lists are that you can use them and go, ‘oh hey, that might be good / oh that’s got a new book/installment out? Sweet!’ ^_^ Kinda ‘brighter side’ thing there while the wallet groans.

John C Wright
Guest

Congrats. SON OF THE BLACK SWORD has my vote. Write the darned sequel. Hurry. Write faster. Skip meals. Neglect duties. Go without sleep.

SirBrass
Guest
Aw man, choosing between Chuck Gannon and John C Wright in best overall Sci-Fi is just NOT FAIR. Both tickle different entertainment parts of my brain. Mil-SF is easy for me: Weber. If it was one of the more recent Honor books, I might not (not very happy with him copy/pasting large chunks of previous books into entire quarters of new books…. Toni needs to tell him to cut that out), but he’s yet to disappoint me with Safehold, even though he REALLY ought to trim down and prune back the back-content (it’s taking up about 10% of the book’s… Read more »
Urusigh
Guest

Newb question: I’m short on debit until payday and my local bookstore doesn’t have Son of the Black Sword (no doubt sold out). Are sample chapters up somewhere?

jic
Guest

Go to the Amazon page and click on the cover image.

Urusigh
Guest

… I did. That brings up the cover image, not sample chapters. There’s no link to read sample chapters there on Amazon (that I found) or here on the “my novels” page. Much as I love Correia’s books, I have neither the cash nor shelf space for another hardcover right now.

Interestingly, Amazon did have The Cinder Spires bundled with SotBS as “frequently purchased together”. That bodes well for taking 2nd place at least (for either book).

jic
Guest

When I click on it, I get the sample. No idea why it didn’t work for you, but try again. If that doesn’t work, try downloading the Kindle sample from the link on the right of the page.

jic
Guest

I noticed it takes a few seconds for the “Look Inside” feature to load before you can click on it, so patience may be the key.

Urusigh
Guest

Still no luck. I’m using my android since Windows 10 broke my laptop. Maybe it’s an issue with accessing the site from mobile?

BobtheRegisterredFool
Guest
BobtheRegisterredFool

I tried to direct my desktop browser to it through the mobile website, and it seemed to work.

That said, here’s the preview on the Baen website. I dunno that it is at all mobile friendly.

http://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781476780863/9781476780863.htm

Urusigh
Guest

Not mobile friendly, but it does work. Much appreciated!

Derth
Guest

Just finished Son of the Black Sword. Great book. I was worried for a bit that it would have a disappointing, weak ending (a la “Name of the Wind”) due to how long it was taking Ashok to get moving, but the ending was satisfying on its own while also setting up the sequel.

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[…] Larry Correia also posted a list of finalists and while he did mention people on the list who were his friends, he didn’t publish any kind of slate or suggest how people should vote: http://monsterhunternation.com/2016/08/11/son-of-the-black-sword-is-a-finalist-for-the-dragon-award/ […]

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