Transworld Publishers and Terry Pratchett have announced the Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize. This contest, which is open to unpublished authors living in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or the Commonwealth, is looking for novels which are set on an earth different from our own in some way. Submissions should be between 80,000 and 150,000 words with a synopsis of less than 600 words. The deadline is December 31, 2010.
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.
- “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
- 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
Baen Books has announced that following in the footsteps of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Vice-President Dick Cheney has signed to write an alternate history. Cheney’s novel, tentatively entitled The Fall of America, is described as an alternate history dystopia about a Gore presidency and the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Publication is expected in 2010.