A counter to the Anti-Dragon crowd

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.



I know this won’t set well with the tin-foil hat crowd (i.e. Contrarius & China Mike’s Vile 770 crowd) but the Dragon Awards were never the Puppy’s. Were the Puppies the first to recognize the potential of the brand new Dragon Awards in 2016? Of course.

Why? Because the Dragon Awards are everything the Puppies have been saying the Hugos – and to some extent, the Nebulas – used to be and should be again: Open to everyone and without excluding any person or group for any alleged “wrongthink” crimes.

The 2017 Dragon Award finalists – as originally announced – was a perfect mixture of all of the “factions” in SF/F (and lord knows I wish we didn’t have these “factions” at all) with someone for every group to get behind and support.

Are there groups campaigning for their choices? Of course. The Puppies, the Hugoites, The RedPandas, the folks that are neutral and just want to enjoy good SF/F etc, etc. They all had their favorites. And when you look at the winners from Sunday, it seems everyone walked away with a winner they backed.

That is part of what makes the Dragons the perfect SF/F award. It isn’t shutting anyone out of the process like the Hugos and Nebulas have. It is literally open to every single one of the 7+ Billion inhabitants of Planet Earth who can access a computer and fill out a ballot.

No political BS filter keeping out the “wrong sort”, no rules designed to pre-determine the nominees, no ability for a deep-pocketed publisher to buy an award annually, no Wooden Assholes, No “No Award” designed to embarrass the occasional “wrong thinker” that somehow slipped past the gatekeepers.

A pure award to allow fans of SF/F