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 alternative 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 go all topsy-turvy and 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]

1995Paul J. McAuley, Pasquale's Angel
1996Stephen Baxter, Voyage
1997Harry Turtledove, How Few Remain
1998Stephen Fry, Making History
1999Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
2000Mary 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
2003Murray Davies, Collaborator
2004Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
2005Ian R. MacLeod, The Summer Isles
2006Charles Stross, The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate
2007Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union
2008Chris Roberson, The Dragon's Nine Sons[1]
2009Robert Conroy, 1942[2][3]
2010Eric G. Swedin, When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis[4]
2011Ian R. MacLeod, Wake Up and Dream
2012C. J. Sansom, Dominion[5]
2013 – (tie) D.J. Taylor, The Windsor Faction & Bryce Zabel, Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas?
2014Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Enemy Within[6]
2015Julie Mayhew, The Big Lie
2016Ben H. Winters, Underground Airlines
2017Bryce Zabel, Once There Was a Way

Short Form[edit]

1995Stephen Baxter, "Brigantia's Angels"
1996Walter Jon Williams, "Foreign Devils" (in War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches)
1997William Sanders, "The Undiscovered"
1998Ian R. MacLeod, "The Summer Isles"
1999Alain Bergeron, "The Eighth Register" (translated by Howard Scott)
2000Ted Chiang, "Seventy-two Letters"
2001Ken MacLeod, "The Human Front"
2002William Sanders, "Empire"
2003Chris Roberson, "O One"
2004Warren Ellis, The Ministry of Space
2005Lois Tilton, "Pericles the Tyrant"
2006Gardner Dozois, "Counterfactual"
2007(tie): Michael Flynn, "Quaestiones Super Caelo Et Mundo" & Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Recovering Apollo 8"
2008Mary Rosenblum, "Sacrifice"[1]
2009Alastair Reynolds, "The Fixation"[2][3]
2010Alan Smale, "A Clash of Eagles"[4]
2011Lisa Goldstein, "Paradise Is a Walled Garden"
2012Rick Wilber, "Something Real"[5]
2013Vylar Kaftan, "The Weight of the Sunrise"
2014Ken Liu, "The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009"[6]
2015Bill Crider, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
2016(tie): Daniel M. Bensen, "Treasure Fleet" & Adam Rovner, "What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa"
2017Harry Turtledove, "Zigeuner"

Special Achievement[edit]

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