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Sidewise Award

Entry updated 10 July 2023. Tagged: Award.

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short Timeslip/Parallel Worlds story "Sidewise in Time" (June 1934 Astounding).

The winners below are listed by their year of eligibility, theoretically corresponding to first English language publication but usually – for non-US work – deferred until first US publication. Special Achievement awards are occasionally presented, either to mark notable examples of alternate history which precede the founding of the Sidewise Awards (after the manner of the Retro Hugos) or as career achievement honours. These are listed by year of presentation.

The 2019 awards which would normally have been presented in 2020 were held over until the 2021 Worldcon (at which the 2020 awards were also presented) owing to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. [DRL]

Long form

Short form

  • 1995: Stephen Baxter, "Brigantia's Angels" (January 1995 Asimov's)
  • 1996: Walter Jon Williams, "Foreign Devils" (January 1996 Asimov's)
  • 1997: William Sanders, "The Undiscovered" (March 1997 Asimov's)
  • 1998: Ian R MacLeod, "The Summer Isles" (October/November 1998 Asimov's)
  • 1999: Alain Bergeron, "The Eighth Register" (in Northern Suns, anth 1999, ed Glenn Grant and David G Hartwell)
  • 2000: Ted Chiang, "Seventy-Two Letters" (in Vanishing Acts, anth 2000, ed Ellen Datlow)
  • 2001: Ken MacLeod, The Human Front (2002)
  • 2002: William Sanders, "Empire" (in Alternate Generals II, anth 2002, ed Harry Turtledove)
  • 2003: Chris Roberson, "O One" (in Live Without a Net, anth 2003, ed Lou Anders)
  • 2004: Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, and Laura DuPuy Martin, Ministry of Space (3 issues, May 2001-April 2004 Ministry of Space)
  • 2005: Lois Tilton, "Pericles the Tyrant" (October/November 2005 Asimov's)
  • 2006: Gardner R Dozois, "Counterfactual" (June 2006 F&SF)
  • 2007: (tie) Michael Flynn, "Quaestiones Super Caelo et Mundo" (July/August 2007 Analog); Kristine Kathryn Rusch, "Recovering Apollo 8" (February 2007 Asimov's)
  • 2008: Mary Rosenblum, "Sacrifice" (in Sideways in Crime, anth 2008, ed Lou Anders)
  • 2009: Alastair Reynolds, "The Fixation" (in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Three, anth 2009, ed George Mann)
  • 2010: Alan Smale, "A Clash of Eagles" (Panverse Two: Five Original Novellas of Science Fiction and Fantasy, anth 2010, ed Dario Ciriello)
  • 2011: Lisa Goldstein, "Paradise Is a Walled Garden" (August 2011 Asimov's).
  • 2012: Rick Wilber, "Something Real" (April 2012 Asimov's)
  • 2013: Vylar Kaftan, "The Weight of the Sunrise" (February 2013 Asimov's)
  • 2014: Ken Liu, "The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009" (November 2014 Clarkesworld)
  • 2015: Bill Crider, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (in Tales from the Otherverse: Stories of Alternate History, anth 2015, ed James Reasoner)
  • 2016: (tie) Daniel Bensen, "Treasure Fleet" (in Tales from Alternate Earths, anth 2016, ed anon); Adam Rovner, "What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa?" (in What Ifs of Jewish History: From Abraham to Zionism, anth 2016, ed Gavriel D Rosenfeld)
  • 2017: Harry Turtledove, "Zigeuner" (September/October 2017 Asimov's)
  • 2018: Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez and Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra (2017 ebook)
  • 2019: Harry Turtledove, "Christmas Truce" (November 2019 Asimov's)
  • 2020: Matthew Kresal, "Moonshot" (in Alternate Australias, anth 2020, ed Jared Kavanagh)
  • 2021: Alan Smale, "Gunpowder Treason" (in Tales from Alternate Earths, Vol III, anth 2021, ed anon)

Special achievement


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