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Dragon Con has announced the nominees for its second annual Dragon Awards, designed to highlight the most popular works in science fiction and fantasy literature. While the award appears to be a populist response to the better-known Hugo and Nebula Awards, it’s a wide-ranging snapshot of the last year in genre publishing.

There are a couple of things to unpack about what these awards actually mean. In recent years, the genre’s biggest prizes, the Nebula and Hugo Awards, have gone to an increasingly diverse group of nominees. One faction of SF fandom therefore claimed the awards are agenda-driven and rigged, and that they don’t represent the traditional action-focused books fandom really likes. Thus, for the last couple of years, groups…

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