- SHORT FORM: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Enemy Within (WMG Publishing)
- LONG FORM: Ken Liu, “The Long Haul” (Clarkesworld, 11/14)
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in late 1995 to honor the best all historical 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.