Saturday, August 08, 2009


2008 Sidewise Award, the acceptance speech that wasn't

Last night I learned that, against all expectations, I apparently won the 2008 Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Long-form for my novel The Dragon's Nine Sons. Twenty-four hours later and I'm still flabbergasted. I didn't sent my designated acceptor, Lou Anders, with any kind of prepared statement, because I honestly didn't think I had a chance in hell of winning. If I had, it would probably have gone a little something like this.

I want to thank the Sidewise judges for simply reading my book, which is flattering enough in and of itself. That they considered it among the five best alternate-history novels of the year was all-but-unbelievable to me. That they've selected it from among that august list to be singled out for the award is simply bewildering.

Boundless thanks, Sidewise judges. And thanks to George Mann (author of the extremely worthy Sidewise-nominated The Affinity Bridge, which I was proud to be listed alongside) who commissioned the novel for Solaris and shepherded to publication. And thanks to Lou Anders, who was deputized to be my stand-in at the Sidewise Awards panel, and who went unarmed with any kind of statement on my behalf.

Okay, now I'm off to have another celebratory drink.

Congrats on the big win!
Congrats, Chris! As a judge for the award, I am especially pleased.
Thanks, everyone! (And you especially, Stu!)
That rocks.
Said "congrats" in other venues, but it's not complete until I say it here. Was so hugely happy when I heard the news that night, man! That was a great evening.
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