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. These awards are for the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.

The awards are named after the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster. In the story, a strange storm makes parts of the Earth exchange places with similar places from other timelines.

Steven H Silver, Evelyn C. Leeper, and Robert B. Schmunk created the award. The number of judges has changed in different years. There have been three to eight judges, including judges in the UK and South Africa.

There are two Sideways awards. The Short-Form award is for writing that is shorter than 60,000 words. The Long-Form award may be for writing that is longer than 60,000 words. This can include a novel or a complete series of novels. The judges may also give a Special Achievement Award, but this is not required every year. Special Achievement awards are for writing that was published befor1995. The awards are given each year, usually at Worldcon.

Award winners[change | change source]

Long Form[change | change source]

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, 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
2009 Robert Conroy, 1942

Short Form[change | change source]

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"
2009 Alastair Reynolds, "The Fixation"

Special Achievement[change | change source]

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

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