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Sidewise Award


The Sidewise Award for Alternate History was conceived in late 1995 to honor the best “Alternate History genre” publications of the year, and the first awards were announced in summer 1996. 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. Two awards are given each year. To be considered, a work must have either first English-language publication or first American publication* in the calendar year prior to the year in which the award is to be presented.

The Short-Form Award is presented for the best work of less than 60,000 words. This includes short stories, novelettes and novellas, and poems. The Long-Form Award is presented for the best work longer than 60,000 words. This category includes individual novels and longer works. This list on the library’s Web site includes only the Long-Form winners. For a look at the Short-Form winners and all past nominees, please visit the official Sidewise Award Web site. In addition, at the discretion of the judges, a Special Achievement Award may be presented to honor a specific work or for a significant body of work which was published prior to the inception of the award; i.e., before 1995. NOTE: All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Sidewise Award Winners for Best Alternate History — Long-Form

B.L. Blanchard
The Peacekeeper

Laurent Binet

Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Doors of Eden

Book CoverAnnalee Newitz
The Future of Another Timeline

Book CoverMary Robinette Kowal
The Calculating Stars

Book CoverBryce Zabel
Once There Was a Way

Book CoverBen Winters
Underground Airlines

Julie Mayhew
The Big Lie

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Enemy Within

2013 [tie] 
Book CoverD.J. Taylor
The Windsor Faction

2013 [tie] 
Book CoverBryce Zable
Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?

Book CoverC.J. Sansom

Book CoverIan R. McLeod
Wake Up and Dream

Eric G. Swedin
When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Book CoverRobert Conroy
1942: A Novel

Chris Roberson
The Dragon’s Nine Sons

Book Cover2007 
Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

Book Cover2006 
Charles Stross’ “Merchant Princes” series, including:
The Family Trade
The Hidden Family and
The Clan Corporate

Book CoverIan Macleod
The Summer Isles

Book Cover2004 
Philip Roth
The Plot Against America

Murray Davies

Harry Turtledove
Ruled Britannia


Martin J. Gidron
The Severed Wing

Book Cover2001 
J.N. Stroyar
The Children’s War

Book Cover2000 
Mary Gentle
Ash: A Secret History

Book Cover1999 
Brendan DuBois
Resurrection Day

Book Cover1998 
Stephen Fry
Making History

Book Cover1997 
Harry Turtledove
How Few Remain

Book Cover1996 
Stephen Baxter

Paul J. McAuley
Pasquale’s Angel

Updated September 2022 sdc