My Dragon Ballot

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 put this off to the very last minute, but I’ve decided to share who I voted for in this year’s Dragon Awards. It was a very tough ballot because I know several of the nominees and I hate choosing between friends.

So here goes:

Best Sci-Fi Novel

Escaping Infinity.  C’mon, you really think I wouldn’t vote for my own book?

Best Fantasy Novel

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia & John Ringo. A rare easy call as I didn’t care for any of the others.

Best Young Adult

Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright. Sorry, Jagi Lamplighter, you were a very close second but I had to go with John.

Best Military SciFi/Fantasy

Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz. This was a three-way tie with J.F. Holmes and Mark Wandry’s excellent books. But the tie-breaker was by taking Jon, my good friend Mike Glyer and his Vile, er, File 770 hate site would blow a gasket.

Best Alternate History

Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli. Another close one with Harry Turtledove and Kai Wai Cheah very worthy honorable mentions, but Lou’s book is the class of the field.

Best Apocalyptic Novel

A Place Outside The Wild by Daniel Humphreys. A four-friend category, ugh, and all three books were worthy of winning. But Dan gets the nod over the Declan Finn/Allan Yoskowitz entry and J.F. Holmes’ well-written book. Why N.K. Jemisin is on this list escapes me. I guess when you have a deep-pockets publisher behind a book, one can find a way to scrape up enough votes to get onto any ballot. But, in my humble opinion, her book is unworthy of the honor.

I guess, as we have seen with the Nebula and Hugo Awards the last few years, when you have a