Sidewise Award for Alternate History

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented as part of a panel on alternate history at Chicon 7. The panel consisted of three of the judges: Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, and Steven H Silver. In addition, Billee Stallings, one of Murray Jenkins’s daughters participated in the panel. Jenkins wrote the story “Sidewise in Time,” for which the award is named, under the pseudonym “Murray Leinster.”

  • Short Form: “Paradise is a Walled Garden,” by Lisa Goldstein
  • Long Form: Wake Up and Dream, by Ian R. MacLeod

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Sidewise Award Winners

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented on Thursday evening at Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention. Both winners were present.

  • Long Form: When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Eric G. Swedin
  • Short Form: :A Clash of Eagles,” by Alan Smale

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Sidewise Award Nominees

This year’s nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The winners will be announced at Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, in Reno, Nevada during the weekend of August 17. The awards ceremony has tentatively been scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at 9:00 PM. The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s panel of judges was made up of Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Stu Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Short Form

  • Mammoths of the Great Plains, by Eleanor Arnason
  • “Alten Kameraden,” by Barry B. Longyear
  • “Sidewinders,” by Ken MacLeod
  • “A Clash of Eagles,” by Alan Smale
  • “Goin’ Down to Anglotown,” by William F. Wu

Long Form

  • Columbia & Britannia, by Adam Chamberlain & Brian A. Dixon
  • Red Inferno: 1945, by Robert Conroy
  • Pinion, by Jay Lake
  • When Angels Wept, by Eric Swedin

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Sidewise Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The winners will be announced at ReConStruction, this year’s NASFiC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the weekend of August 5.

Short Form

  • “Yes, We Have No Bananas,” by Paul di Filippo
  • “The Fixation,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Edison’s Frankenstein,” by Chris Roberson
  • “Black Swan,” by Bruce Sterling
  • “The Persistence of Souls,” by Sarah Zettel

Long Form

  • 1942, by Robert Conroy

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2008 Sidewise Awards Nominees

The 2008 Sidewise Awards will be presented at Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon, to be held in Montreal, Canada from August 6-10, 2009. The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate history fiction.

Short Form:

  • “A Brief Guide to Other Histories,” Paul J. McAuley
  • “G-Men,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “Night Bird Soaring,” by T.L. Morganfield
  • “The People’s Machine,” by Tobias Buckell
  • “Poison Victory,” by Albert E. Cowdrey
  • “Sacrifice,” by Mary Rosenblum

Long Form:

  • The Affinity Bridge, by George Mann
  • The Dragon’s Nine Sons, by Chris Roberson
  • Half a Crown, by Jo Walton
  • Nation, by Terry Pratchett
  • Swiftly, by Adam Roberts

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