Dr Tom Anderson shortlisted for prestigious international fiction prize
Dr Tom Anderson has been nominated for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. The awards recognise the best in alternate history fiction from English language writers from around the world.
Tom was one of four writers nominated for the Short Form award, with his short story N’oublions Jamais, co-written with Canadian friend Bruno Lombardi, receiving the nomination. The winners will be announced later this month at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California.
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to honor the best alternate history genre publications of the year. 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 analogues from other timelines.
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. Previous winners have included Stephen Fry and Philip Roth.
Our students know Tom as a Senior Tutor and University Teacher in our organic and inorganic chemistry teaching laboratories.
Originally from Doncaster, Tom has always had a dual interest in both science and writing from a young age. His chemistry focuses on biological and supramolecular chemistry, but he remains interested in a wide variety of topics across the sciences.
As a writer, he focuses on the genres of science fiction, historical fiction and their hybrid, alternate history (or AH, also called counterfactual fiction). This genre considers the consequences of history having turned out differently from a change in events or decisions in the past, often a very small one.
Most of Tom's literary work is published by the UK-based publisher Sea Lion Press, but the story which has been shortlisted for the Sidewise Award was published in the anthology Altered Europa by US-based Martinus Publishing.
You can read an interview with Tom about his writing, and some extracts from his stories, on the University of Sheffield's staff news webpages: