The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History

Past Winners and Finalists

Short Form and Long Form:
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995

Award year is the same as the year of publication.

Winners are in bold print and marked by a leading asterisk. For the 1995 and 1996 awards, the short list of finalists was not announced in advance, and runners-up were simply listed as "honorable mention".

2012

Short Form

* Rick Wilber. "Something Real"
In Asimov's Science Fiction, April 2012.

Lou Antonelli. "Great White Ship"
Posted on Daily Science Fiction, May 11, 2012.

Sean McMullen. "Steamgothic"
In InterZone #241 (Jul-Aug 2012).

Ian Sales. Adrift on the Sea of Rains
Whippleshield Books 2012.

Catherynne Valente. "Fade to White"
In Clarkesworld Magazine #71 (Aug 2012).

Long Form

* C.J. Sansom. Dominion
Mantle 2012. Also Pan Macmillan 2012.

Thomas Brennan. Doktor Glass
Ace 2012.

Mark Hodder. Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon
Pyr 2012. Also Snowbooks 2012.

Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick. The Cassandra Project
Ace 2012.

Matt Ruff. The Mirage
Harper 2012. Also Harper Perennial 2013.

2012
2011

Short Form

* Lisa Goldstein. "Paradise Is a Walled Garden"
In Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2011.

Michael F. Flynn. "The Iron Shirts"
Posted on Tor.com, May 4, 2011.

Jason Stoddard. "Orion Rising"
In Panverse Three (ed. Dario Ciriello),
Panverse Publishing 2011.

Harry Turtledove. "Lee at the Alamo"
Posted on Tor.com, Sep. 7, 2011.

Long Form

* Ian R. MacLeod. Wake Up and Dream
PS Publishing 2011.

Robert Conroy. Castro's Bomb
Amazon Digital/Kindle 2011.

Robert Conroy. Himmler's War
Baen 2011.

Jeff Greenfield. Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
Putnam 2011.

Ian McDonald. Planesrunner
Pyr 2011.

Ekaterina Sedia. Heart of Iron
Prime Books 2011.

Lavie Tidhar. Camera Obscura
Angry Robot 2011.

2011
2010

Short Form

* Alan Smale. "A Clash of Eagles"
In Panverse Two (ed. Dario Ciriello), Panverse Publishing 2010.

Eleanor Arnason. Mammoths of the Great Plains
PM Press 2010.

Barry B. Longyear. "Alten Kameraden"
In Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2010.

Ken MacLeod. "Sidewinders"
In The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (eds. Ian Watson and Ian Whates), Robinson Publishing and Running Press 2010.

William F. Wu. "Goin' Down to Anglotown"
In The Dragon and the Stars (eds. Derwin Mak and Eric Choi), DAW Books 2010.

Long Form

* Eric Swedin. When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Potomac Books 2010.

Adam Chamberlain and Brian A. Dixon. Columbia & Britannia
Fourth Horseman Press 2010.

Robert Conroy. Red Inferno: 1945
Ballantine Books 2010.

Jay Lake. Pinion
Tor 2010. Also Tor 2011.

2010
2009

Short Form

* Alastair Reynolds. "The Fixation"
In The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Three (ed. George Mann), Solaris 2009. Also in Deep Navigation, NESFA 2010 and Year's Best SF 15 (eds. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer), Eos 2010

Paul Di Filippo. "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
In Eclipse Three: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (ed. Jonathan Strahan), Night Shade 2009

Chris Roberson. "Edison's Frankenstein"
In Postscripts #20/21 (December 2009). Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 2010 and Year's Best SF 15 (eds. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer), Eos 2010 Also available on the author's website

Bruce Sterling. "Black Swan"
In Interzone #221 (March/April 2009) Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 2010 and Year's Best SF 15 (eds. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer), Eos 2010

Sarah Zettel. "The Persistence of Souls"
In The Shadow Conspiracy (eds. Phyllis Irene Radford and Laura Anne Gilman), Book View Press 2009. Also available at Book View Cafe

Long Form

* Robert Conroy. 1942: A Novel
Ballantine 2009.

2009
2008

* Mary Rosenblum. "Sacrifice"
In Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology (ed. Lou Anders), BL/Solaris 2008

Tobias Buckell. "The People's Machine"
In Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology (ed. Lou Anders), BL/Solaris 2008

Albert E. Cowdrey. "Poison Victory"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2008

Paul McAuley. "A Brief Guide to Other Histories"
In Postscripts #15, September 2008. Available on author's website

T.L. Morganfield. "Night Bird Soaring"
In Greatest Uncommon Denominator #3 (Autumn 2008). (Available on GUD website)

Kristine Kathryn Rusch. "G-Men"
In Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology (ed. Lou Anders), BL/Solaris 2008. Also in Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories, Golden Gryphon 2010

* Chris Roberson. The Dragon's Nine Sons
BL/Solaris 2008

George Mann. The Affinity Bridge
Snowbooks 2008. Also Tor 2009

Terry Pratchett. Nation
Doubleday UK 2008 and HarperCollins 2008

Adam Roberts. Swiftly
Gollancz 2008 (hb) and Gollancz 2008 (pb)

Jo Walton. Half a Crown
Tor 2008

2008
2007

Short Form

(tie) * Michael Flynn. "Quaestiones Super Caelo et Mundo"
In Analog, July 2007

(tie) * Kristine Kathryn Rusch. "Recovering Apollo 8"
In Asimov's, February 2007. Also in Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories, Golden Gryphon 2010

Elizabeth Bear. "Les Innocents/Lumiere"
In New Amsterdam, Subterranean Press 2007

Matthew Johnson. "Public Safety"
In Asimov's, March 2007

Jess Nevins. "An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction"
Posted on No Fear of the Future, May 17, 2007

Chris Roberson. "Metal Dragon Year"
In Interzone #213 (December 2007)

John Scalzi. "Missives from Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results"
In Subterranean Magazine, Winter 2007

Long Form

* Michael Chabon. The Yiddish Policemen's Union
HarperCollins 2007 and HarperCollins UK 2007

Robert Conroy. 1945: A Novel
Ballantine 2007

Mary Gentle. Ilario
In two volumes as Ilario: The Lion's Eye ( HarperCollins/Eos 2007) and Ilario: The Stone Golem, ( HarperCollins/Eos 2007)
Originally published in one volume as Ilario: The Lion's Eye by Gollancz UK, 2006

Jay Lake. Mainspring
Tor 2007

Sophia McDougall. Rome Burning
Orion UK 2007

Jo Walton. Ha'penny
Tor 2007

2007
2006

* Gardner Dozois. "Counterfactual"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2006
Also in Year's Best SF 12 (eds. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer), Eos 2007

Stephen Baxter. "The Pacific Mystery"
In The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction: New Generation Far-Future SF (ed. Mike Ashley)
Constable & Robinson 2006 and Carroll & Graf 2006

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. "O, Pioneer"
In Paradox #8 (Winter 2005-06)

Chris Floyd. "History Lesson"
In The Moscow Times, Feb. 22, 2006

Martin Gidron. "Palestina"
In Interzone #204 (June 2006)

Brian Stableford. "The Plurality of Worlds"
In Asimov's August 2006

Andrew Tisbert. "The Meteor of the War"
In Paradox #9 (Summer 2006)

* Charles Stross. Merchant Princes, vol. 1-3
Including The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate
Tor 2004-2006

Robert Conroy. 1862
Presidio Press 2006

Paul Park. The Tourmaline
Tor 2006

Harry Turtledove. The Disunited States of America
Tor 2006

Jo Walton. Farthing
Tor 2006

2006
2005

Short Form

* Tilton, Lois. "Pericles the Tyrant"
In Asimov's October/November 2005

William Barton. "Harvest Moon"
In Asimov's September 2005

A.M. Dellamonica. "The Illuminated Heretic"
In Alternate Generals III (ed. Harry Turtledove)

Kim Newman and Paul McAuley. "The 2005 Hugo Award Ceremony Script"
Posted on Kim Newman Website, September 2005

Jason Stoddard. "Panacea"
Posted on SciFiction, Sep. 14, 2005

Long Form

* Ian R. MacLeod. The Summer Isles
Aio

Sophia McDougall. Romanitas
Orion UK

Paul Park. A Princess of Roumania
Tor.
Also Tor 2006

2005
2004

* Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, and Laura DuPuy Martin. Ministry of Space
Image Comics 2001/2004 (reprinted 2005)

L. Timmel Duchamp. "The Heloise Archive"
In Love's Body, Dancing in Time, Aqueduct Press

Sean Klein. "Five Guys Named Moe"
Posted on-line at SciFiction, Feb. 23, 2004

John McDaid. "The Ashbazu Effect"
In ReVisions (eds. Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel), DAW Books

Chris Roberson. "Red Hands, Black Hands"
In Asimov's December 2004

Lois Tilton. "The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue"
In Asimov's June 2004

* Roth, Philip. The Plot Against America
Houghton Mifflin, Vintage

2004
2003

Short Form

* Chris Roberson. "O One"
In Live Without a Net (ed. Lou Anders), NAL/Roc

Ricard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero. "The Day We Went Through the Transition"
Translated from the Spanish by Yolanda Molina-Gavilán
In Cosmos Latinos (eds. Andrea L. Bell and Yolanda Molina-Gavilán), Wesleyan University Press
Originally published in Spanish as "El día que hicimos la Transitión", in Visiones 1997 (ed. Rafael Marín), AEFCF 1997

Geoffrey Landis. "The Eyes of America"
Posted on-line at SciFiction, May 7

Robert L. O'Connell. "The Cuban Missile Crisis: Second Holocaust"
In What Ifs? of American History (ed. Robert Cowley), Putnam's

Robert Silverberg. "The Reign of Terror"
In Asimov's Science Fiction, April, and in Roma Eterna, HarperCollins/Eos

Long Form

* Murray Davies. Collaborator
Macmillan UK

Mitchell Freedman. Disturbance of Fate
Seven Locks Press

Larry Kirwan. Liverpool Fantasy
Thunder's Mouth Press

S.M. Stirling. Conquistador
NAL/Roc.
Also Roc 2004

2003
2002

* William Sanders. "Empire"
In Alternate Generals II (ed. Harry Turtledove), Baen

Charles Coleman Finlay. "We Come Not to Praise Washington"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August
Also in One Lamp (ed. Gordon Van Gelder), Four Walls Eight Windows 2003

John Kessel. "The Invisible Empire"
In Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (ed. Peter Straub), Bard College

Robert Silverberg. "With Caesar in the Underworld"
In Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November
Also in Roma Eterna, HarperCollins/Eos 2003

Walter Jon Williams. "The Last Ride of German Freddie"
In Worlds that Weren't (ed. Laura Anne Gilman), NAL/Roc.
Also NAL/Roc 2003

(tie) * Martin J. Gidron. The Severed Wing
Livingston

(tie) * Harry Turtledove. Ruled Britannia
NAL/Roc
Also Roc 2006

Gary Blackwood. The Year of the Hangman
Dutton.
Also Puffin 2004

Christopher Priest. The Separation
Scribner's UK

S.M. Stirling. The Peshawar Lancers
NAL/Roc.
Also Roc 2003.

2002
2001

Short Form

* Ken MacLeod. The Human Front
PS Publishing.
Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Nineteenth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 2002

Stephen Baxter and Simon Bradshaw. "First to the Moon"
In Spectrum SF #6

Long Form

* J.N. Stroyar. The Children's War
Pocket 2001.
Also Washington Square 2002.

J. Gregory Keyes. The Age of Unreason
Including Newton's Cannon, A Calculus of Angels, Empire of Unreason, The Shadows of God
Ballantine/Del Rey 1998-2001

Allen Steele. Chronospace
Ace 2001.
Also Ace 2002.

2001
2000

* Ted Chiang. "Seventy-Two Letters"
In Vanishing Acts (ed. Ellen Datlow), Tor

Eugene Byrne. "HMS Habakkuk"
In Interzone #155 (May)

Paul J. McAuley. "A Very British History"
In Interzone #157 (July)

Kim Newman. "The Other Side of Midnight: Anno Dracula 1981"
In The Vampire Sextette (ed. Marvin Kaye), Science Fiction Book Club

Carla Cristina Pereira. "Xochiquetzal"
Translated from the Portuguese by David Alan Prescott.
In Altair #6/7 (April)
Originally published in Spanish as "Xochiquetzal e a Esquadra da Vingança" in Pecar a Sete / Sinning in Sevens (eds. António de Macedo and Silvana de Menezes), Simetria 1999

* Mary Gentle. Ash: A Secret History
Gollancz. Published in the US in four volumes as A Secret History (Avon/Eos 1999), Carthage Ascendant (Avon/Eos), The Wild Machines (Avon/Eos), and Lost Burgundy (Avon/Eos)

Suzanne Allés Blom. Inca: The Scarlet Fringe
Tor/Forge.
Also Tor 2001.

S.M. Stirling. Nantucket Trilogy (aka Islander Trilogy)
Including Island in the Sea of Time (NAL/Roc 1998), Against the Tide of Years (NAL/Roc 1999), On the Oceans of Eternity (NAL/Roc)

2000
1999

Short Form

* Alain Bergeron. "The Eighth Register"
Translated from the French by Howard Scott.
In Northern Suns (eds. David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant), Tor (1st Amer. ed.).
Also Tor 2000.
First English pub. in TesseractsQ (eds. Élisabeth Vonarburg and Jane Brierley), Tesseract 1996.
Originally published in French as "Le huitième registre", in Solaris #107 (Autumn 1993).

Jan Lars Jensen. "Secret History of the Ornithopter"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction June.
Also in One Lamp (ed. Gordon Van Gelder), Four Walls Eight Windows 2003

Robert Silverberg. "Getting to Know the Dragon"
In Far Horizons (ed. Robert Silverberg), Avon/Eos.
Also in Roma Eterna, HarperCollins/Eos 2003

Robert Silverberg. "A Hero of the Empire"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction October/November
Also in Roma Eterna, HarperCollins/Eos 2003 and One Lamp (ed. Gordon Van Gelder), Four Walls Eight Windows 2003

Long Form

* Brendan DuBois. Resurrection Day
Putnam's.
Also Jove 2000

1999

Specail Achievement

Randall Garrett
For the Lord Darcy stories, including the collection Murder and Magic, the novel Too Many Magicians, the collection Lord Darcy Investigates, and "The Spell of War".

1998

* Ian R. MacLeod. "The Summer Isles"
In Asimov's October/November

Stephen Baxter & Arthur C. Clarke. "The Wire Continuum"
In Playboy January

Robert Silverberg. "Waiting for the End"
In Asimov's October/November
Also in Roma Eterna, HarperCollins/Eos 2003

Howard Waldrop. "US"
In Event Horizon October 14

* Stephen Fry. Making History
Random House (1st Amer. ed.).
Original English publication Hutchinson 1996.
Also Soho 1999

Greg Bear. Dinosaur Summer
Warner.
Also Warner/Aspect 1999

Pamela Sargent. Climb the Wind
HarperPrism.
Also HarperPrism 1999

1998
1997

Short Form

* William Sanders. "The Undiscovered"
In Asimov's, March.
Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fifteenth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 1998 (tpb)

Lee Allred. "For the Strength of the Hills"
In L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XIII (ed. Dave Wolverton), Bridge

Roland J. Green. "The King of Poland's Foot Cavalry"
In Alternate Tyrants (ed. Mike Resnick), Tor

Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne. "Teddy Bears' Picnic"
In Interzone #122-123 (Aug-Sep) and in Byrne and Newman's Back in the USSA, Zeising

Long Form

* Harry Turtledove. How Few Remain
Ballantine/Del Rey.
Also Ballantine/Del Rey 1998

Peter Delacorte. Time on My Hands: A Novel
Scribner's.
Also Washington Square 1998

Michael Swanwick. Jack Faust
Avon.
Also Avon 1999.

1997

Special Achievement

Robert Sobel. For Want of a Nail...; If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga
MacMillan 1972, Greenhill 1997

1996

* Walter Jon Williams. "Foreign Devils"
In Asimov's (January) and War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Bantam/Spectra.
Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 1997 (hc), St. Martin's 1997 (tpb)

William Barton. "Age of Aquarius"
In Asimov's, May

John Kessel. "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue"
In Asimov's, September.
Also in The Pure Product, Tor 1997, Tor 1999

Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne. "Abdication Street"
In Interzone #105 (March).
Also in Back in the USSA, Ziesing 1997

Mark W. Tiedemann. "Resurrection"
In War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Bantam/Spectra

* Stephen Baxter. Voyage
HarperCollins UK.
Also HarperPrism 1997

Orson Scott Card. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
Tor.
Also Tor 1997

Harry Harrison and John Holm. The Hammer and the Cross Trilogy
Including The Hammer and the Cross (Legend 1993.
Also Tor 1994),
One King's Way (Legend 1995.
Also Tor 1996),
King and Emperor (Legend, Tor.
Also Tor 1997)

Harry Turtledove. Worldwar
Including In the Balance (Ballantine/Del Rey 1994.
Also Ballantine/Del Rey 1996),
Tilting the Balance (Ballantine/Del Rey 1995.
Also Ballantine/Del Rey 1996),
Upsetting the Balance (Ballantine/Del Rey (hc), Ballantine/Del Rey (pb)),
Striking the Balance (Ballantine/Del Rey.
Also Ballantine/Del Rey 1997)

1996
1995

Short Form

* Stephen Baxter. "Brigantia's Angels"
In Interzone #91 (January)

Stephen Dedman. "From Whom All Blessings Flow"
In Asimov's, April.
Also in Centaurus (eds. David Hartwell and Damien Broderick), Tor 1999

David Garnett. "Brute Skill"
In Interzone #93 (March)

Jonathan Lethem & Carter Scholz. "Receding Horizon"
In Crank! #5, Summer.
Also in Kafka Americana, W.W. Norton 2001

Maureen McHugh. "The Lincoln Train"
In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April.
Also in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirteenth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 1996 (tpb) and One Lamp (ed. Gordon Van Gelder), Four Walls Eight Windows 2003

Harry Turtledove. "Must and Shall"
In Asimov's, November.
Also in Nebula Awards 32 (ed. Jack Dann), Harcourt Brace 1998 (hc), Harcourt Brace 1998 (tpb)

Howard Waldrop. "You Could Go Home Again"
Posted on Omni On-Line, June.
Also in Going Home Again, St. Martin's 1998

Long Form

* Paul J. McAuley. Pasquale's Angel
Morrow/AvoNova (1st Amer. ed.).
Original English publication Gollancz 1994.
Also Avon/Eos 1997

Richard Dreyfuss & Harry Turtledove. The Two Georges
Hodder & Stoughton.
Also Tor 1997

Kim Newman. The Bloody Red Baron
Simon & Schuster UK, Carroll & Graf

1995

Special Achievement

L. Sprague de Camp
For seminal works in the field, including Lest Darkness Fall (1939), "The Wheels of If" (1940), and "A Gun for Aristotle" (1958).