Sidewise Award for Alternate History

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

Long Form

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]
2015 Julie Mayhew, The Big Lie
2016 Ben H. Winters, Underground Airlines
2017 Bryce Zabel, Once There Was a Way
2018 Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars

Short Form

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]
2015 Bill 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
2017 Harry Turtledove, Zigeuner
2018 Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez and Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra

Special Achievement

1995 L. Sprague de Camp, lifetime achievement
1997 Robert Sobel, For Want of a Nail
1999 Randall Garrett, the Lord Darcy series
2018 Eric Flint, the 1632 series


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