Sidewise Award for Alternate History

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Sidewise Award for Murray Davies's novel Collaborator

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.

The awards take their name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

The awards were created by Steven H Silver, Evelyn C. Leeper, and Robert B. Schmunk. Over the years, the number of judges has fluctuated between three and eight, including judges in the UK and South Africa.

Each year, two awards are presented, usually at the World Science Fiction Convention. The Short-Form award is presented to a work under 60,000 words in length. The Long-Form award may be presented to a work longer than 60,000 words, including both novels and complete series. At their discretion, the judges may also elect to recognize an individual or work with a Special Achievement Award in recognition of works that were published prior to the award's inception.

Award winners[edit]

Long Form[edit]

1995 Paul J. McAuley, Pasquale's Angel
1996 Stephen Baxter, Voyage
1997 Harry Turtledove, How Few Remain
1998 Stephen Fry, Making History
1999 Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
2000 Mary Gentle, Ash: A Secret History
2001 J. N. Stroyar, The Children's War
2002 (tie) Martin J. Gidron (name since changed to Martin Berman-Gorvine), The Severed Wing & Harry Turtledove, Ruled Britannia
2003 Murray Davies, Collaborator
2004 Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
2005 Ian R. MacLeod, The Summer Isles
2006 Charles Stross, The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate
2007 Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union
2008 Chris Roberson, The Dragon's Nine Sons[1]
2009 Robert Conroy, 1942[2][3]
2010 Eric G. Swedin, When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis[4]
2011 Ian R. MacLeod, Wake Up and Dream
2012 C. J. Sansom, Dominion[5]
2013 (tie) D.J. Taylor, The Windsor Faction & Bryce Zabel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas?
2014 Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Enemy Within[6]

Short Form[edit]

1995 Stephen Baxter, "Brigantia's Angels"
1996 Walter Jon Williams, "Foreign Devils" (in War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches)
1997 William Sanders, "The Undiscovered"
1998 Ian R. MacLeod, "The Summer Isles"
1999 Alain Bergeron, "The Eighth Register" (translated by Howard Scott)
2000 Ted Chiang, "Seventy-two Letters"
2001 Ken MacLeod, "The Human Front"
2002 William Sanders, "Empire"
2003 Chris Roberson, "O One"
2004 Warren Ellis, The Ministry of Space
2005 Lois Tilton, "Pericles the Tyrant"
2006 Gardner Dozois, "Counterfactual"
2007 (tie) Michael Flynn, "Quaestiones Super Caelo Et Mundo" & Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Recovering Apollo 8"
2008 Mary Rosenblum, "Sacrifice"[1]
2009 Alastair Reynolds, "The Fixation"[2][3]
2010 Alan Smale, "A Clash of Eagles"[4]
2011 Lisa Goldstein, "Paradise Is a Walled Garden"
2012 Rick Wilber, "Something Real"[5]
2013 Vylar Kaftan, "The Weight of the Sunrise"
2014 Ken Liu, "The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009"[6]

Special Achievement[edit]

1995 L. Sprague de Camp, lifetime achievement
1997 Robert Sobel: For Want of a Nail
1999 Randall Garrett: The Lord Darcy Series


  1. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (August 9, 2009). "Hail Voyageur". File 770. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Reynolds & Conroy Win Sidewise Awards". Locus Online. August 6, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (August 7, 2010). "2010 Sidewise Awards". File 770. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (August 20, 2011). "Sidewise Award Winners". File 770. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Glyer, Mike (August 31, 2013). "2013 Sidewise Awards". File 770. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "2015 Sidewise Awards Winners". Locus. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

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