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Son of the Black Sword Wins The 1st Annual Dragon Award For Best Fantasy

The short version.

Son of the Black Sword won the inaugural Dragon Award for best fantasy. I want to congratulate all of the other nominees and winners. There were some truly fantastic stories to choose from. There were a lot of talented creators up for awards, and it is an honor just to be considered.

I want to thank my fans for voting, because they are absolutely amazing. I have the best fans ever. I wouldn’t trade my fanbase for anyone’s (and my fans are better armed too).  I love you guys. Seriously. You are a bunch of bad asses.

I want to thank Toni and the good folks at Baen for putting together one hell of a book, and being awesome to work with.

And thank you, DragonCon. You guys rock. You saw the need for an award that represented all of fandom, and you stepped up. Thank you for all of the hard work this must have been. You did a great job.

Now the long version!

I was at Salt Lake City ComicCon for the last few days. I picked up some nasty con crud which turned into a cold, so I skipped church and slept until 11 on Sunday morning.  I was—am still—pretty wrecked. I was playing World of Tanks (I’m never too sick to tank) when my wife got home from church. I heard the garage door open, and she came in excited and shouting something.  Because Bridget isn’t the excitable/shouty kind, I knew something important was up, so I shut my game off and rushed downstairs.

She was saying you won.

I couldn’t believe it. Son of the Black Sword had won the Dragon Award for best fantasy. It took a minute for that to sink in. Somebody had sent her a text while she was getting out of the car, giving her a heads up. Toni Weisskopf was up on stage accepting on my behalf at that very moment.

I had to grab my phone and start checking Facebook. I had multiple messages from people at the ceremony. Congratulations were pouring in. It was stunning. I would have been watching, but this snuck up on me. I actually thought the award ceremony was later in the day, but then again, when you’re drinking Nyquil straight out of the bottle and don’t get out of bed until lunch, time is relative.

I checked in throughout the day, reading what people had to say. It was great to see so much overwhelming enthusiasm. One really cool thing was that I heard the award show was up-beat. There was no stupid posturing or useless virtue signaling. Nobody talked trash in their speech. Nobody handed out wooden buttholes. They were just fans there celebrating fun.

That’s the nature of DragonCon though. It is a big enthusiastic, Nerdi Gras. I try to hit DragonCon every other year, and I was there in 2015. Because of a scheduling screw up with the building, my local Salt Lake City ComicCon ended up on the same weekend as Dragon this time (and I talked to the program director, they really didn’t want to, because they share so many guests and vendors, but they were stuck this time). I was already committed to SLCC when I found out I was a Dragon finalist, because otherwise I would have loved to have been there. I’m planning on being back at Dragon again next year.

I want to talk about the nominees and winners a little bit. Starting with my category.

You can ask any of the fans who asked me about the Dragons during SLCC, and I told them the same thing. I thought Jim Butcher was going to win my category, and I was cool with that. Not just because Jim is my friend and about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, but because he’s a brilliant, imaginative, storyteller and his work deserves recognition. And though the Venn diagrams of our fanbases overlap, his circle is way bigger, so I figure Jim would take it.

Except for one thing, Jim is such a class act that after they announced the finalists, he came out and told everybody that he voted for Son of the Black Sword!  Aeronaut’s Windlass is a great book, but Jim thought SotBS was the stronger of the two this year. (I was honestly moved by that).

And one of the other finalists I was up against, where our fanbases overlapped a lot, was Dave Freer, who was nominated for Changeling’s Island. And Dave came out and said in that category he was voting for SotBS!  Dave was also nominated in the YA category, and being a gentleman and a scholar, said that was where his book belonged. And he said that knowing that he was up against the late and extremely great Sir Terry Pratchett.

I’ve known Jim and Dave for a few years but I didn’t know the other nominees as well, and had not read the books in question. But I will say that R.R. Virdi is a very nice guy. I ended up talking to him a little bit yesterday on Facebook when he offered his congratulations, and said that he was honored to be competing against other authors that successful. He’s got a great attitude and really wants to entertain his readers. I’d encourage you guys to go check out his stuff.

In sci-fi, I’m not going to say who I voted for, because I’m friends with two of them. It came down to John C. Wright and Chuck Gannon for me, both excellent authors, but with two really different kinds of books.  John took it, and I am really happy for him. I have no doubt Chuck will be back up there again in the future.

Sir Terry to took YA.  I don’t think that surprised anybody, because the man was a legend, and this was all of his fan’s last chance to give him an award. It’s sad to think that this is it. Like Dave said on his page, he’d gladly lose to Terry Pratchett every year, if it meant keeping him around.

Military sci-fi was a tough category, with a bunch of really solid authors in it and a few friends. But I’ve got to say that I am really happy David Weber won. David is a great guy. Honestly one of the nicest people I’ve met, not just in this business, but in general. And when it comes to mil-SF, he’s like a godfather of the whole genre. I really like Marko’s stuff too.

Alternative history was an interesting one. You had some big dogs of the genre. I think the 1632 verse is the biggest thing in alternative history, but there were two of those competing against each other. Then you’ve got Harry Turtledove. And if Weber is a godfather of mil-SF, you’ve got to say the same thing about Turtledove for Alternative History. (I actually voted for Jonathan Maberry, because he’s awesome, and I love Deadlands) Only Naomi Novik took it. I’ve not read that series, but my wife tells me that they are fantastic. At least one book about dragons took home a Dragon!

Apocalyptic was a tough one. I’m friends with three of the nominees, so will plead the 5th as to how I voted. Nick Cole took home the Dragon. I Book Bombed that one, and it got a lot of attention for getting booted from his first publishing house for ridiculous political reasons, so it probably had an attention edge. But let me just say that you guys should all go look up Mark Wandrey’s A Time To Die on Amazon and get a copy. He’s got skills, and I think you will be seeing him as a finalist again. Sorry, Marina, but I haven’t had a chance to read your stuff yet. 🙂

Horror, again, lots of good books. Ironically, the winner Brian Neimeier was at Salt Lake City ComicCon with me (I book Bombed the prior book in the series). When we talked about the Dragons on Thursday, we both figured we would be losing.  Brian is a humble guy, so I’m really happy for him.

I’m not an expert on the comics and graphic novels stuff, so have no idea there. Gaiman won, and despite him knowing jack shit about what Sad Puppies are actually about, the man has mad writing skills and lots of fans. Same with TV shows, GRRM may hate my guts, but Game of Thrones on HBO has tons of fans, so that sounds like another deserving win. (I voted for Daredevil season 2, because the Punisher was amazeballs).  The Dragons are unabashedly about rewarding enthusiastic fans, and those things have lots of excited, motivated fans, so good for them.

The Martian won movies. I actually voted for Captain America: Civil War. But you really couldn’t go wrong in movies.

Fallout 4 won video games. Holy moly, yeah, I can see why. I’ve got about 160 hours into my Fallout game.

Fallout Shelter won mobile. That’s another one that I played the heck out of. Maxed out two vaults before I got bored, and the way I drift away from the vast majority of video games after a day or two, that’s really saying something.

On the games, I was mostly in the dark, because they weren’t things I was up to speed on. Next year I’m going to campaign for some Warmachine and Infinity! 🙂  Though I do love Call of Cthulhu (though have never played that edition) so way to go there.

I look through the list of nominees and winners, and for once it is a bunch of fun stuff, where I’ve read, or would actually want to read most of them. That’s fantastic. I look forward to many more Dragon Award ballots like this.

Somebody was asking me what I’d like to see in the future. I think it would be cool to have Fantasy broken into Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, or maybe even Paranormal Romance, sort of like how they’ve broken up Sci-Fi. Those are genres that sell millions of books, yet where the authors get very little respect from the traditional snooty awards types. I’d love to see those fans have a chance to celebrate what they think is great too.

Whatever the Dragon Award folks decide to do going forward, I have no doubt it will be great. They’ve shown what they’re about—fans having fun—and that’s what is really important.

I don’t even know what the rules are for prior winners, but I’ll tell you guys right now, since I’ve been lucky enough to get one, I am perfectly happy if you never nominate me for a Dragon again. I’ve been recognized. There are so many awesome writers out there who have been ignored by other awards for years and years, that I would love to see some of them get a shot. Spread the love. Read great books. And then next year, nominate whoever you think was great.

Again, thank you. I love you guys. You’re the best.

eARC for Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners is out now
Off to Salt Lake City ComicCon
Bill
Guest

I read the book when it came out, and yesterday finished listening to the Audio Book. A well deserved award!

Tom Walls
Guest

Geez Larry.
Keep this crap up and you might turn into a Real Writer. And stuff…
Congrats m’LOH. Hope that made your cold somewhat bearable.

Lawson
Guest

I think the only way for him to become a real writer now is if he donates all of his “ill-gotten” money to a virtue signaling cause. Incidentally, I opened up a charity called “Snowflakes Anonymous”. It is most definitely not a scam. =D

Maskman
Guest

“Snowflakes Anonymous.:
Sounds… special.
:p

Lawson
Guest

It is, and one simple donation of all your money makes you a real whatever you want to be.

Kevin
Guest

The last SJW cause I contributed to was indirect via a Hugo membership. Guess what I’m not doing ever again? With the Dragons, I can not spend the money on a Hugo membership and instead use it to buy more good books.

Two wins in one!

Vox
Guest

Congratulations, Larry. Very well-deserved. So pleased for you, John, Brian, and Nick.

Steven Schmekel
Guest

Congratulations on the win! Hopefully the spirit of the Dragon Awards stays strong and represents the fans and authors for a long time. Trying to talk the wife into Dragon Con LOL.

Scott
Guest

Great book!

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Congrats on the win, even though I voted for Jim. 😉

Wes S.
Guest
No, Larry, thank *you.* You deserved it. . . . And may I say that it’s great to once again have a true fan award where one has actually read many of the nominated works, and has difficulty deciding which is the “best” because they’re all really, really good, and the writers are themselves such class acts. I’ve remarked elsewhere that only three of *my* picks won – you, David Weber and Nick Cole – but I can’t see a single Dragon winner on there that I actually *disagree* with. Although I was surprised by a couple of the results,… Read more »
Nicki
Guest

I voted for Civil War too. The Martian was good, but I’m a Marvel nerd.

I did review Marina’s book a few months ago. It was very well done! Do pick it up in your copious amounts of free time, Larry! 😉

Graham Bradley
Guest

@Nicki I second that. Even without being a Marvel nerd, Civil War was a brilliant execution. (heh.)

S1AL
Guest

Civil War set the bar for superhero movies, and honestly for story-driven SFF movies.

Shawna
Guest

I also voted for Civil War. It was just a terrific movie. (And I didn’t see The Martian, since ‘guy alone in a place trying to escape’ isn’t a trope I’ve been much interested in for a while. Maybe because I like the relationships side of fiction. If it was two or three people alone in a place, my interest would probably be much higher.)

deadcenter
Guest

the thing about The Martian that tells you this isn’t just your run of the mill ‘survivor’ movie is that it won the Golden Globe in the Comedy category. It’s very, very funny and very, very entertaining.

Shawna
Guest

Did it really? Huh. Maybe I’ll check it out sometime, then.

Maskman
Guest

“The Martin” had a number of science and engineering fails that bugged my nuclear-trained mind. In a ‘less rigorous’ movie. I’d have forgiven them. This movie was too much in the hard science realm to get that leniency.

Then, there was a story-telling fail at the climactic moment of the movie that cheapened a key character and diminished their stature in my eyes, all in pursuit of an unnecessary and cheap drama-grab.

So: “Civil War” for me.

Jonathan G
Guest
WARNING: Spoilers for “The Martian” If you haven’t seen it or read the book,. you should. It’s totally awesome. The whole MAV ascent sequence, both in the book and the movie, was cringe-worthy for me. I mean they’re going “the position is right, but the velocity is wrong” and, of course, they’re tied together so either they’re both right or they’re both wrong. Of course the Martian atmosphere isn’t dense enough to cause anything like a problem with the launch, but let’s ignore that for the moment. The two biggest whoppers in “The Martian”: First, the MAV is going to… Read more »
Shadowdancer
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Every time I head people complain about the Martian, it was because it was ‘scientifically wrong’ but I never could get them to explain why or how. You are literally the FIRST person I’ve run across who explained what your problems with it was, for the rest of us non-science folk. Though, the above is also why I’m probably never going to write hard sci-fi. I’ve always had the impression that if I tried, anything I researched would be out of date; and I’d spend more time fussing over ‘is the science right’ than the story. Which would kill the… Read more »
Khazlek
Guest
** More Spoilers ** Mars does have big dust storms, but the air on Mars isn’t dense even if it is blowing pretty fast, so the whole initial scene with the mess made by the storm is really questionable. I don’t have a good feel for how much the shroud would affect the MAV ascent. As Jonathan G. points out, the air is really thin, but there are people designing airplanes that can fly on Mars, and it strikes me as conceivable that a variation of a few percent could screw up that nutty maneuver, but I agree with Jonathan… Read more »
rocinante
Guest

To it’s credit, The Martian was more scientifically accurate than 99.7% of “science”-fiction movies.

It’s not that easy to get an Atomic Rockets Seal of Approval 🙂

http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/sealofapproval.php

(Admittedly, that was for the novel, but the movie was a much-better-than-Hollywood-typically-does adaptation.)

Zsuzsa
Guest

“To it’s credit, The Martian was more scientifically accurate than 99.7% of “science”-fiction movies.”

I think that was its problem in some ways. It’s easy to roll your eyes and move on at a science error in something like “Star Trek” or “Serenity” because you’re already accepting premises that are so fare out there they can barely be called science. But when something is so very close to being right, it grates when it isn’t quite accurate. Call it the Uncanny Valley of Hard Sci Fi.

Shadowdancer
Guest
Heh, I’ve at least watched the film, though I’ve not read the book yet I’ll admit. So you don’t have to worry about spoilers. As you said, the Martian did better than most in the science department. I’d heard about the astronauts, which only served to increase my confusion. If they thought it was awesome for the science, then I gathered that meant that SOME of it was right as opposed to ‘it got everything wrong.’ It makes me wonder what would be acceptable as fictional reality. Last night, I was talking to my husband about a news article I… Read more »
roystgnr
Member
At the end, the Ares isn’t in a stable Mars orbit, it’s performing a Mars fly-by. That means both that there’s a time crunch (50 km separation is going to grow and grow as both ships leave Mars) and that the Oberth effect applies (every bit of maneuvering Ares does is going to have to be undone with compound interest to get back on track later). If Ares has already been using up their fuel reserves getting into this rescue orbit in the first place, it seems conceivable (albeit extremely unlikely and suspiciously-plot-convenient) that they wouldn’t want to push things… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
Guest
No *you’re* the best! *sticks tongue out, blows raspberry* lol. Seriously, I was *so* excited that SotBS won when I found out! Obviously not as excited as you, heh, but still really excited! It is an *awesome* book, and the win was well deserved. I’m sorry you’re sick, I hope you feel better soon! Have some chicken soup, it really does help. Also, I don’t know if you’re a tea drinker, but chamomile tea is a truly wonderful thing, whether it’s for an upset stomach or a great deal of inflammation. Or at least that’s been my experience, heh. I’ll… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
Guest

*headdesk* insert a comma after “won” and before “when I found out” lol. *embarrassed blush*

Mrs. John C. Wright
Guest

If you remove the part about being ill, John’s experience was a bit similar to yours…in that I received a message from Matthew Bowman that he had won. I couldn’t believe it. (We were expected Chuck Gannon or Ancillary Mercy.) I went downstairs and checked online…when I saw that you had also won, I knew it must be true and I told John. He was totally amazed.

It is not to our credit that both of our first reactions was our own version of “ruined his career” eh, Walters? 😉

Congratulations, Larry. You sooo deserved it.

Graham Bradley
Guest
A thrilling development all around. So many great books and got the recognition and praise they deserved–and in tough categories, to boot. (That said, CA: Civil War was better than The Martian, though I liked both.) The Temeraire books were hot and cold for me, I actually stopped after #6 (easily the worst showing of those.) The first three were pure magic, and the fourth punched you right in the gut with the ending, but then the fifth started to lose steam and the six was basically 300 pages of fruitless wandering in the Outback. Maybe the last three recaptured… Read more »
Shawna
Guest
I really enjoyed Temeraire at first, even went to a book signing. But the Australia book was boring beyond belief, then the next book went, “Surprise! Your favorite character’s gay for a reason that doesn’t even make sense in this historical context!” And then I was pretty much: eff you, Temeraire series. It took me a while to realize that this author’s views of sex/sexuality and its place in an interesting story did not mesh with mine, and when I did the series was ruined for me. Which is especially frustrating because “Napoleon with dragons!” was going so well in… Read more »
Keith Glass
Guest

Sigh. More of the trials of Not Being A Real Author (grin)

LastRedoubt
Guest

But Larry, when will you win a REAL award?

(I kid, I kid, congrats – loved the book, and eagerly awaiting the last exodus book….)

Bill Toscano
Guest

I have been reading alt-hist for a long, long time and obviously I agree with you on Harry.

I have read all of Naomi’s series. She gets a little preachy in spots, but she spins one heck of a story.

I honestly didn’t quite see that as “pure” alt-hist like 1632, Stirling, Conroy or Turtledove because of the dragons. But then, Turtledove has had aliens land in the middle of World War II.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

So, Larry,not that you’re a REAL author, how much is this going to lower your advances and royalties?

Lawson
Guest

Stupid question, but how much do you guys think it costs to make one of the dragon awards?

Andrew
Guest

Depends on how you calculate. The physical object, not much. The Award, with all the sites, publicity, coordination, vote gathering, and presentation, a good bit more, even if that’s only calculated in terms of volunteer hours. If you factor in the costs in time and resources to produce the nominated works, and for voters to consume them and vote…gets pretty hard to calculate, but the number would be “large”.

John Robinson
Guest

Outstanding!
Congrats!

DeTroyes
Guest

Once more, Congrats to you and all the other winners. Looking forward to next year’s vote!

So, what are the odds that Toni is planning to have the words “Dragon Award Winner” added to the cover of SotBS?

Kevin
Guest

I’ll be very surprised (and a bit disappointed) if she doesn’t.

Dave H
Guest

Agreed, It’s to any publisher’s advantage to promote the awards their books have won.

Maskman
Guest

Conga-rats! 😀
SotBS Is actually my favorite of your works; it’s hard to write a self-loathing hero well, but you did a bang-up job.

Maskman
Guest

The field was amazing. Nothing wrong with any of the choices. Some of my choices won, some didn’t. I’m not displeased at all – any way you slice it, the Dragon Awards were a class act.

Thomas Monaghan
Guest

c4c

Julie Frost
Guest

What a super thing to come home to! Congrats!

Joe McDermott
Guest

I tweeted “God, I miss Heinlein, Congrats” to NK Jemison and got blocked. Shocker

Sluf
Guest

In honor of your win, a short line of prose: “If you were a Dragon Con, my love…” ILOH for the win! Congrats.

Kevin Findley
Guest

Congrats Larry!

Khazlek
Guest
Congratulations Larry. Somebody was asking me what I’d like to see in the future. I think it would be cool to have Fantasy broken into Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, or maybe even Paranormal Romance, sort of like how they’ve broken up Sci-Fi. Those are genres that sell millions of books, yet where the authors get very little respect from the traditional snooty awards types. I’d love to see those fans have a chance to celebrate what they think is great too. I’m less enthused about expanding the categories. I’m not too crazy about splitting them in the first place. So… Read more »
Richard McEnroe
Guest

Did you say “paranormal” or
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6epzmRZk6UU&w=460&h=259%5D

Viktor
Guest

I do not share your hand wringing over too many awards. This is why the Hugo’s took 25 years (!!!) to finally OK a sort of not-Hugo for YA.
And as for best series, you are far too concerned that people will vote “wrong”.

Khazlek
Guest
Ah, you mean that my quaint idea that people check out what they are voting on, is hand wringing about voting wrong. You don’t have to actually read the whole thing but you should at least take a look and sample, particularly in this modern age when most stuff at least has a sample in the Hugo packet. So yes having a great number of novel-length categories is going to limit how much people actually check out what’s been nominated. Also some of the categories are just odd; why apocalyptic fiction, and not space opera, cautionary tale, environmental SF, cyberpunk,… Read more »
jic
Guest

I assume that question was rhetorical, but I’ll answer it anyway: because apocalyptic fiction is fashionable at the moment.

Vorkon
Guest
I agree with you that the Dragon Awards probably has too many categories, and that some of them seem nonsensical (the “mobile game” one especially boggles my mind. If they really wanted to break the video game category into multiple awards, it should have been by genre, or by indy vs. AAA publication) but to answer your question as to WHY they are broken up the way they are, you need to look to how Dragoncon is organized. Dragoncon is made up of a bunch of separate fan “tracts” which, for all intents and purposes, put on their own sorta’… Read more »
Phil
Guest
Games was the only category that actually disappointed me. Fallout 4 was the most soul crushingly disappointing thing I have played in years, after having run through the entire series up to this point. It felt like a game that had been designed for people who felt that Skyrim was too complex, and that made me sad. The entire rest of the awards was awesome though. I’ll admit I voted for Aeronaut’s Windlass, but it was a close call. I look forward to making some nominations for next year, and seeing some more awesome stuff on the ballot.
Semiba
Guest

You obviously haven’t tried it on “survival” mode, or with any of the rather fantastic mods that are available.

Vorkon
Guest
Fallout 4 was good for what it was. If you’re a longtime fan of the Fallout series, and were looking for a continuation of that story, with all the great themes and interesting characters it usually explores, I can see how you might be disappointed, but it’s still a fun, anything-goes sandbox with far better action elements and gunplay than the Bethesda Fallouts have had so far, paired with more reactivity and freedom than any comparable FPS or “Ubisoft-Open-World-Game: The Game” with which it is competing. If you think of Fallout 4 as being in the same genre as those… Read more »
georgephillies
Member

Congratulations! And many more!

Bruce Strange
Guest

Congratulations on a well deserved win!

–Glock 19 carrying fan

Jim C
Guest

Congratulations!

Professor Headbutt
Guest

Congratulations, sir. Well done.

Kort
Guest

I’d love to see a short fiction category but I’m excited to see what happens next year.

Oh, and congrats!

Henry
Guest

You’re an uber- class act, Larry. We all love you too. Keep writing stories!

airboy
Guest

Larry:
What a nice set of comments.

Although I voted for Windlass over Son of the Black Sword, I loved both books. You can take pleasure that I own two copies of SBS (Baen monthly bundle e-book and hardback).

Congrats to all of the winners!

Shawna
Guest

I own the audio and hardback of both. I voted for Butcher, but I would have preferred being able to vote for both equally because I honestly feel about equal about these particular two books.

Doctor Locketopus
Guest

I was very pleased that Dave Freer’s Changeling Island was nominated in two categories, so I was able to vote for both it and Larry’s book.

I haven’t read Butcher’s book (it’s in the TBR pile as we speak), so I wasn’t conflicted there.

I’m not actually sure of the last time I saw an award ballot where there were multiple nominees in one category that I wanted to vote for. I could get used to this. 🙂

SingleSky
Guest

Congratulations!

As for the comics/graphic novel awards, Ms. Marvel is a series that ostentatiously features a gender/racial/religious minority protagonist that is actually genuinely entertaining and features for good character development beyond simple tokenism. And Sandman Overture is brilliant (seriously, I would argue it’s better than parts of the original series) and I’m happy to see them both win.

Shawna
Guest

I read the first Ms. Marvel because of the Hugos last year and did not care for it. Among other things, I find the style of art to be a little too… loose and fantastical, I guess. I prefer art that’s more clean and definite. (Sorry about my weird way of describing things. I’m not an ‘art’ person, so I don’t really know the right words to talk about it well.)

Andrew
Guest

It may seem odd, but my first thought on hearing the winner list was “take that Annie Hall!”

Fruitbat44
Guest

Congradulations! Well done! Okay the award may not be “literature” or, perhaps more importantly, come with a fat cheque attached, but it’s fans voting for the stuff they love and that’s awesome!!! Well done again.

Expendable Henchman
Guest

As far as the “fat cheque” is concerned, the Dragon Awards winner’s list is my new “to buy and read” list.

I can’t be the only one.

Maskman
Guest

Not even remotely the only one.

Arwen
Guest

That is wonderful. Congratulations, Larry!

Edward Willett
Guest

I loved Windlass and Son of the Black Sword, but in the end I voted for Son of the Black Sword. Congratulations and well-deserved!

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Congratulations, Larry! And thanks.

Chalk it up to a nasty combo of illness, NyQuil, and poor acoustics, but your memory of our conversation is a bit fuzzy. I actually said that SotBS and SD would both win.

Two weeks ago I also predicted that my readers would serve the CHORFs a nice tall glass of STFU.

You can take back the “humble” part now 😉

Dave Freer
Guest
I am delighted the Dolph Lundgren of of Fantasy and Science Fiction has finally been justly rewarded. 🙂 Seriously, well-deserved. As a writer I recognize the underlying excellent craftsmanship required in writing that kind of hero. The really important part about it is that you did it without slowing the pace or letting the reader see the mechanics. That’s real, deep skill – something those who award prizes for ‘literature’ SHOULD recognize, but never do. But what got my vote and my support is exactly what should count in every fan award – a crackling-good compelling read! Bravo! And, interestingly,… Read more »
Votermom
Guest

You’re a class act, Dave. Good luck in future awards and I hope being nominated helped bring you more readers!

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

The reaction of the Usual Suspects is pretty much: “VOX DAAAAAYYYYYYYY!”

Votermom
Guest

I congratulate all the winners here
http://www.bookhorde.org/2016/09/good-guys-sweep-dragon-awards5.html

and a big high-5 to all the fans for picking the good guys!

SueF
Guest

Congratulations, Larry! 😀

Old NFO
Guest

Well deserved Larry and many hard choices! Congrats to all the winners!

Woelf Dietrich
Guest

Again, congratulations, Larry. I really enjoyed SotBS. It was fresh and reminded me of my heroic fantasy roots. A well-deserved win, mate. Bask away!

Alexandru Constantin
Guest

Congratulations. SotBS was my favorite fantasy book this year. Well deserved.

The Phantom
Guest

Congrats, Larry. Great book, class act all the way.

Alexandru Constantin
Guest

The funny thing about SotBS is that it is chock full of themes that SJW types fawn over. Anti-slavery, class struggle, caste division, racism, anti-militarism. If it was written by anybody but you it would of been all over the Hugos, lauded for it’s championing of the lower classes.

60guilders
Guest

Ah, but look closer my friend.
The foolish SJWs–they looked at SotBS and saw only the author.
The smart ones, though–they read it, and knew immediately that it had to be squelched. Because it goes against one of their core principles, which is that punishing children for the supposed sins of their fathers is The Right Thing To Do.

Shawna
Guest

I agree that if they’re going to continue to have some subdivisions for the sci-fi side, I’d like to see some subdivisions for the fantasy side, too. It doesn’t make sense to have GoT competing against Dresden competing against Half-Moon Hollow.

Jeff
Guest

Urban Fantasy = Steampunk?

Dan Lane
Guest

SotBS rocked. Yes, I flogged it to all my friends, and the reaction pretty much went, “And WHERE’S THE NEXT ONE?!” The whole Dragon awards looks good to me, a lot of stuff I’ve seen or read and liked a lot. Even the ones that were just nominated and didn’t win.

So far, the Dragon’s off to a pretty good start. Now y’all of the writerly persuasion need to get busy and crank out more of the good stuff for next year. Why no, that’s not my reading addiction talking. Honest…

Shadowdancer
Guest
Again, congratulations on the Dragon win, Larry! ^_^ (I celebrated with delicious cake; recipe on my blog.) I think it would be cool to have Fantasy broken into Fantasy and Urban Fantasy, or maybe even Paranormal Romance, sort of like how they’ve broken up Sci-Fi. Those are genres that sell millions of books, yet where the authors get very little respect from the traditional snooty awards types. I’d love to see those fans have a chance to celebrate what they think is great too. I’m okay with paranormal romance branching off into it’s own separate category; kind of iffy with… Read more »
Pogonip
Guest

Congratulations to all winners, and, Larry, I hope you are soon well enough to enjoy yours.

Ben C
Guest
Congrats on the award! I also was happy to see the slate in general. I had read several of the nominated works before the slate was released, and they were good stuff. This tells me that I should also look at the other nominated works! This award is more relevant to me than other awards, for these reasons: I have read works nominated here, before Dragon solicited nominations. I have heard of many of these authors and read some of their other works, before nominations The works I have read are good because I enjoy them Based on this history,… Read more »
Carbonel
Guest

Huzzah! Tickled pink that SotBS won. Wonderful book!

Sharidann
Guest

Probably coming from “non real fans”…

Jest apart, well-deserved. 🙂 Once upon a time, I stumbled on MHI (mind you, was the Omnibus i.e. the first three novels of the series) and kicked myself numerous times in the butt, asking myself why I didn’t begin reading your work earlier…

Since then, just did read about everything you wrote and much of what you recommand.

Just sad I don’t belong to the better armed fans. 🙁

Jack Wylder
Guest

The weapon is not the blade, nor the hand that wields it- the weapon is the mind that controls both. Everything is a potential weapon!

Orvan_Taurus
Member

Congratulations, sir.

Sara
Guest

What are these wooden butt holes of which you speak? Also congratulations on winning best fantasy! One of the things I love most about dragon con is that yes we are a rowdy bunch but we really love what we love and are passionate about it. So I think the dragon awards will continue to be a fantastic experience for all involved.

John Overath
Guest

Congrats Larry!

Zavier_Desine
Guest
Hey Larry, Congratulations on the win. Baen must have thought a lot of you and John Ringo’s collabaritive efforts on MHI @ DragonCon. I kid you not at least 1/4 of their booth was given over to the two of you. They had a huge cutaway of the cover for your MHI:Sinners book at least 8 feet tall. Also at the Military Sci-Fi panel on future tech and weaponry Friday night, John Ringo said he was very glad you became a writer…. because you took his place as the most hated author 😈. Also as future fuel for you sir… Read more »
Richard McEnroe
Guest

That wasn’t mid change, that was shedding. Earl HATES spring and autumn.

Ashley
Guest

What everyone else said but with ice-cream and chocolate sprinkles on top.

Honorbound
Guest

Congratulations, sir. Son of the Black Sword is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and Ashok ranks up there with Harry Dresden in terms of awesome protagonists.

F Harper
Guest

Congratulations, Larry.

I listened to SOTBS as an audiobook right after you announced its release, and it got my vote for a Dragon. You are the only author whose work is an automatic buy for me. Thank you for making my commutes more exciting.

C.S. Gilmore
Guest

Congrats! Glad to be able to meet you in person at Salt Lake Comic Con. Dragon Con sounds awesome, I may have to look into it sometime. Keep writing awesome books, because I intend to keep reading them.

C.S. Gilmore
Guest

Also get feeling better soon.

Beryl Turner
Guest

Congrats, Larry…glad to see you get the accolades you deserve for your work. Haven’t ready SotBS yet (still so frackin’ backlogged), but it’s on the list.

While I got you here…totally unrelated question about the MHI milleu; is PUFF tax exempt?

Congrats again, sir.

Milo
Guest

Haven’t had the chance to pick up SotBS yet, but I will tell you the Grimnoir series has me fully hooked. From the, like, ten books of yours I’ve read I complete endorse the Dragon.

Keep doing the thing.

deadcenter
Guest

Congratulations, well deserved and congratulations to all of the winners. My vote came easy as I’m looking forward to reading the next SotBS book, I am kind of ‘meh’ on reading the next Aeronaut book as much as I enjoyed reading it. You managed to set the hook deeper than Butcher, so you got my vote and will get my dollars!

Frank Probst
Guest

Can you please post a photo of the actual award? The photo on the DragonCon website looks pretty cool, but it’s small, and I’d like to see it up close. Thanks!

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Andrew
Guest

Congrats, Larry! I didn’t get a chance to vote (80 hour weeks, forgive me!) but this is very well deserved, indeed. I keep hoping to see Monster Hunter on tv one day and I always buy your books first day of release!

heath j
Guest

Congrats Sir!

And call it a secondary win for Butcher, Just bought Aeronauts windlass. Gotta read it for comparison sake!

Richard Shirley
Guest

Congratulations, you really did earn this award, and against some great competition! Hope you’re shaking the cold.

nick flandrey
Guest

Anyone else just realize that they never got their Hugo packet or had a chance to vote?

I voted in the nominating round, but never got anything after that…..

Congrats Larry on the Dragon, and I won’t have to worry about the Hugos next year, but I’m wondering now if there might have been some under representation due to uncast votes.

nick

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Of course they cheat. Probably thought it was a military ballot.

Frank Probst
Guest
I think you had to sign in for the nominating packets and download them yourself. Mine wasn’t sent to me. It was a disappointing packet, to be honest. A lot of noms were available only in pdf format. I read the Stephen King story on my kindle and decided I would just ignore the pdfs after that. (And I thought Folding Beijing was a better story, anyway.) I didn’t vote in the novel category. I struggled with the Best Related Work category. I didn’t read Between Light and Shadow cover-to-cover, but I thought it obviously took a lot of effort,… Read more »
Tomyironmane
Guest

I fully expect the news-weenies to discount the Dragons as “not a real award” for the next twenty years for this… I mean, to be forced to call you “New York Times bestselling author…” is one thing. To have to add “Award winning” is really gonna stick in their craw.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Don’t forget “…and imposingly photogenic.”

Wyldkat
Guest

I’m a bit behind the curve, my name only just came up on the library hold list this week. (our network apparently has 1 copy) . I started reading last night and the only reason I put it down was because the bathwater had gotten too cold. -sg-

Loving what I have seen so far. <3 <3 <3

Congratulations sir. If what I have seen so far is any indication of the rest of the book, this was well earned.

Frank Probst
Guest
The Martian versus Captain America: Civil War. I thought CA:CW was phenomenal, but what pushed The Martian over the top for me was the 3D. Normally, I hate it and avoid it like the plague, but the reviews for the 3D version were good, and it really was spectacular to “see” the Martian landscape in 3D. I think the Captain America movies have been the best of the Marvel movies so far, and particularly the last one, because it asked questions that really didn’t have a “right” answer (hence, the Civil War). And the ending (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T… Read more »
TallDave
Guest
Congrats, well-deserved, hope we see more — you can a do lot of interesting things with that culture. Was also thrilled to see Somewhither finally receive its due. I’ve mostly stopped playing Fallout, I think partly because making your companions fight the BOS at the airport is more fun than moving the story ahead by choosing a faction (after which you can’t do that, afaik), but it’s still fun to pop some Jet now and then. And it still makes me laugh when the BOS is like “you got another Scribe killed? Dammit! Oh well, mission complete, here’s another one.”
Vorkon
Guest

I’m a bit late in replying to this, because first I was at the con myself, and then as soon as I got back I started moving into my new place, but congratulations! You earned it!

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