The nominees for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History for calendar years 2019 and 2020 have been announced.
2019 SHORT FORM
- Seanan McGuire: “Any Way the Wind Blows,” Tor.com, 6/19
- Christopher G. Nuttall, “Drang Nach Osten,” Trouble in the Wind, edited by Chris Kennedy and James Young, Theogony Books, 2019
- Christopher G. Nuttall, “The Kaiserin of the Seas,” To Slip the Surly Bonds, edited by Chris Kennedy and James Young, Theogony Books, 2019
- William Stroock, “The Blue and the Red: Palmerston’s Ironclads,” Those in Peril, edited by Chris Kennedy and James Young, Theogony Books, 2019
- Harry Turtledove, Christmas Truce, Asimov’s, 11/19
2019 LONG FORM
- K. Chess, Famous Men Who Never Lived, Tin House, 2019
- Jared Kavanagh, Walking through Dreams, Sea Lion Press, 2019
- John Laband, The Fall of Rorke’s Drift, Greenhill, 2019
- Annalee Newitz, Future of Another Timeline, Tor, 2019
2020 SHORT FORM
- Andrew J. Harvey: “1827: Napoleon in Australia,” Alternate Australias, edited by Jared Kavanagh, Sea Lion Press, 2020
- Matthew Kresal: “Moonshot,” Alternate Australias, edited by Jared Kavanagh, Sea Lion Press, 2020
- Sean McMullen, “Wheel of Echoes,” Analog, 1/20
2020 LONG FORM
- Dennis Bock, The Good German, Patrick Crean Editions, 2020
- Junior Burke, The Cold Last Swim, Gibson House Press, 2020
- Mary Robinette Kowal, The Relentless Moon, Tor, 2020
- Charles Rosenberg, The Day Lincoln Lost, Hanover Square, 2020
- Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Doors of Eden, Pan McMillan, 2020
In addition, several of the judges wanted to call attention to Elektra Hammond’s 2019 short story “O-Rings,” which appeared in the anthology Alternate Peace, which is ineligible for nomination since Sidewise Administrator Steven H Silver was the anthology’s editor.
The winners will be announced during this year’s Worldcon, DisCon III. 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 Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Olav Rokne, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver. Silver also noted, “We regret that earlier this year long-time Sidewise Award judge Jim Rittenhouse passed away.”
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in late 1995 to honor the best allohistorical genre publications of the year. The first awards were announced in summer 1996 and honored works from 1995. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.