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Teresa Nielsen Hayden : biography

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Teresa Nielsen Hayden (born March 21, 1956) is an American science fiction editor, fanzine writer, essayist, and teacher. She is a consulting editor for Tor Books. She has also worked for Federated Media Publishing, where in 2007 she revived the comment section for the blog Boing Boing., Mark Frauenfelder, August 28, 2007 Nielsen Hayden has been nominated for Hugo Awards five times.

Born Teresa Nielsen, she grew up in a Mormon household in Mesa, Arizona, but was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980 for her support of the Equal Rights Amendment. In her youth, she served as a page in the Arizona House of Representatives. She appended Hayden to her name upon marrying the former Patrick Hayden in 1979; he also took her name, becoming Patrick Nielsen Hayden. The two of them were active members of science fiction fandom and collaborated on various fanzines, including the Hugo-nominated Izzard.

In 1985, she and her husband were TransAtlantic Fan Fund delegates to Europe for Eastercon. Over the next few years, the Nielsen Haydens published at least three TAFF trip reports. From 1985 to 1989, she served on the editorial board of The Little Magazine, a poetry magazine.

She is a former managing editor and, now, consulting editor at Tor Books. In 1994, a collection of her essays, Making Book (ISBN 0-915368-55-2), was published by NESFA Press. It is now in its third printing. The second printing is the preferred edition.

She is also one of the regular instructors for the writing workshop Viable Paradise.

Outside the science-fiction community, Nielsen Hayden is probably best known for her weblog, Making Light, where she writes about a wide range of subjects such as animal hoarding, publishing scams, astroturfing, and global political events. She is the first recorded Internet editor to practice disemvoweling of the entire text of offensive posts; the term itself was coined in a Making Light post by Arthur Hlavaty. She was the first lead comments moderator at the popular blog Boing Boing when it reopened its comments feature in 2007. In June, 2008, a controversy on Boing Boing concerning the "unpublication" of all articles that mention Sex-Columnist Violet Blue has generated criticism of some of her moderation techniques, including disemvowelment.Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Boing BoingCohen, Noam The New York TimesKapica, Jack The Globe and Mail

Notable books edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden

  • Poul Anderson: Alight in the Void
  • Steven Brust: Dragon, Issola, Dzur, The Viscount of Adrilankha: The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, Sethra Lavode
  • Avram Davidson: The Avram Davidson Treasury (Locus poll winner, Best Collection, 1999)
  • John M. Ford: The Last Hot Time
  • Shariann Lewitt: Memento Mori, Interface Masque, Rebel Sutra
  • Jane Lindskold: The Buried Pyramid, Child of a Rainless Year, The Firekeeper Saga: Through Wolf's Eyes, Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart, The Dragon of Despair, Wolf Captured, Wolf Hunting
  • James D. Macdonald and Debra Doyle: The Stars Asunder
  • Douglas Morgan: Tiger Cruise
  • James White: The Galactic Gourmet, Mind Changer, Final Diagnosis, Double Contact
  • Robert Charles Wilson: Darwinia (Prix Aurora Award winner, 1999), Blind Lake (Prix Aurora Award winner, 2004), Spin (Hugo Award winner, 2006)
  • Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions by Samuel R. Delany (published with Patrick Nielsen Hayden under the imprint Ansatz Press, 1988)
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time (copyediting): The Eye of the World, etc.

Hugo Award nominations

  • 1995 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book for Making Book
  • 1991 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer
  • 1989 co-nominee for Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine for The New York Review of Science Fiction
  • 1984 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer
  • 1984 co-nominee, with Patrick Nielsen Hayden, for Hugo Award for Best Fanzine for Izzard


Medical conditions

Nielsen Hayden has narcolepsy, for which she had been taking Cylert until the Food and Drug Administration withdrew the drug from the marketplace., Reuters, Oct 24, 2005, Associated Press, 10/24/05., Gardner Harris, The New York Times, March 25, 2005. In September 2008 she had what appeared to be a heart attack; paramedics were summoned immediately, and she made a full recovery., Cory Doctorow,BoingBoing.net 2008/09/14

Recent and forthcoming books edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden


  • Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (mass market paperback, reprint of Tor hardcover)
  • The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess & co. (trade paperback, reprint of Tor hardcover)
  • Wolf Hunting by Jane Lindskold (new hardcover)
  • Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred (new hardcover)
  • Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold (mass market paperback, reprint of Tor hardcover)
  • Dzur by Steven Brust (new hardcover)
  • Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold (trade paperback, reprint of Avon mass-market paperback original)
  • The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove (new hardcover)
  • Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust (trade paperback, reprint of Ace mass-market paperback original)
  • Adventures in Unhistory by Avram Davidson (hardcover, reprint of Owlswick Press hardcover)
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