Sidewise Award for Alternate History

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The Sidewise Award for Alternate History was established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.

The award takes its name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

The award was created by Robert Schmunk, Evelyn Leeper, and Steven H Silver, all of whom are still judges. Over the years, the number of judges has increased to eight, including judges in Great Britain and South Africa.

Each year, two awards are presented at Worldcon. 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 or complete series. At their discretion, the Sidewise Award judges (a panel of seven) may elect to recognize an individual or work with a Special Achievement Award. The Special Achievement Awards recognize works that were published prior to the award's inception.

Award Winners: Long Form:

2003 Murray Davies, Collaborator
2002 (tie) Martin J. Gidron, The Severed Wing & Harry Turtledove, Ruled Britannia
2001 J.N. Stroyar, The Children's War
2000 Mary Gentle, Ash: A Secret History
1999 Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
1998 Stephen Fry, Making History
1997 Harry Turtledove, How Few Remain
1996 Stephen Baxter, Voyage
1995 Paul McAuley, Pasquale's Angel

Short Form:

2003 Chris Roberson, "O One"
2002 William Sanders, "Empire"
2001 Ken MacLeod, "The Human Front"
2000 Ted Chiang, "Seventy-two Letters"
1999 Alain Bergeron, "The Eighth Register" (translated by Howard Scott)
1998 Ian R. MacLeod, "The Summer Isles"
1997 William Sanders, "The Undiscovered"
1996 Walter Jon Williams, "Foreign Devils"
1995 Stephen Baxter, "Brigantia's Angels"

Special Achievement:

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

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