Thursday, May 07, 2009


2008 Sidewise Awards Nominees

I've just received this bit of good news in my inbox:
Press Release: 2008 Sidewise Awards Nominees

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. The winners are selected from a panel of judges that currently includes Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Stuart Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.
For more information about the Sidewise Award, visit, or contact Steven H Silver, the Award Administrator, at

Short Form:
"A Brief Guide to Other Histories," by Paul J. McAuley (Postscripts #15)
"G-Men," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)
"Night Bird Soaring," by T.L. Morganfield (Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Autumn/08)
"The People's Machine," by Tobias Buckell (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)
"Poison Victory," by Albert E. Cowdrey (F&SF, 07/08)
"Sacrifice," by Mary Rosenblum (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)

Long Form:
The Affinity Bridge, by George Mann (Snowbooks/Tor, 2009)
The Dragon's Nine Sons, by Chris Roberson (Solaris)
Half a Crown, by Jo Walton (Tor)
Nation, by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins/Doubleday UK)
Swiftly, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

Allow me to be the first to congratulate Terry Pratchett on winning the 2008 Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History - Long Form. Nation is one hell of a novel, and deserves any awards a grateful reading public wants to bestow on it.

And big congratulations to my pall George Mann for the nomination garnered by his freshman debut. Nicely done, George! And to Lou Anders for clearly picking a good crop of alt-history stories for Sideways in Crime!

This is my fourth time on the Sidewise ballot, but my first in the Long Form category, and I couldn't be more honored to be included in such company.

Congratulations! "The Dragon's Nine Sons" is an excellent book. I should know.

And I'm happy for George too, whom I personally like very much, and for the nomination for this particular great book, also scheduled for a Hebrew edition in 2010.

Very proud for both of you!
Thanks, Rani! Clearly, you have excellent taste...
Congratulations! Did I lie?
Aw, shucks...
Congratulations, much deserved.

As it so happens, the only two long form nominees I've read are yours (as you know) and Nation.

You both deserve the nomination!
Thanks, everybody!
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