"The Undiscovered" is a novelette by William Sanders that won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. "The Undiscovered" was originally published in the March 1997 issue of Asimov's and, in addition to its Sidewise Award nomination, was nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. The story was subsequently reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection, The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, and The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction.
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The story concerns William Shakespeare living among the Cherokee and trying to produce a version of Hamlet for them. The author is Cherokee. To some the results of the story seem comic, but the intent is pessimistic. Essentially the story indicates genius, and hard work guarantees nothing. Failure and constant alienation may even be the most likely result in some cases.
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- Sanders, William (March 1997). "The Undiscovered". Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (New York: Dell Magazines): 86.
- "1998 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. WSFS. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "1998 Nebula Awards". The Locus Guide to SF Awards. Locus. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "1998 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award". The Locus Guide to SF Awards. Locus. 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Dozois, Gardner (1998). The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection 15. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 224. ISBN 0-312-19033-6.
- Turtledove, Harry (2001). The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century. New York: Del Rey. p. 270. ISBN 0-345-43990-2.
- Dozois, Gardner (2005). The Best of the Best : 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction. New York: St Martin's Griffin. p. 380. ISBN 0-312-33656-X.
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