Patrick Nielsen Hayden

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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
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Born Patrick James Hayden
(1959-01-02) January 2, 1959 (age 55)
Lansing, Michigan
Occupation Editor
Nationality United States
Genre Non-fiction (writer);
science fiction, fantasy (editor)
Spouse Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, 2008

Patrick James Nielsen Hayden (born Patrick James Hayden January 2, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan), is an American science fiction editor, fan, fanzine publisher[citation needed], essayist, reviewer, anthologist, teacher and blogger. He is a World Fantasy Award[citation needed] and Hugo Award winner (with nine nominations for the latter award)[citation needed], and is an editor and the Manager of Science Fiction at Tor Books[verification needed]. He changed his last name to "Nielsen Hayden" on his marriage to Teresa Nielsen (now Teresa Nielsen Hayden) in 1979.


He was first active in science fiction fandom[citation needed] while living in Toronto in the early 1970s. He continued in Seattle, before moving to the New York area in the 1980s to work professionally in publishing. After moving to New York, he worked at Literary Guild as an editorial assistant[citation needed], then at Chelsea House as an associate editor[citation needed]. He joined Tor Books in the mid-1980s as an assistant and has worked there ever since. He is also a writer, teacher, and musician. He plays guitar and sings on occasion for the New York rock band Whisperado[verification needed]. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

He has published a number of essays and reviews. He has contributed to a number of books and magazines, including The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2nd edition, 1993)[verification needed] and The Map: Rediscovering Rock and Roll.[verification needed]

He is one of the regular instructors at Viable Paradise[citation needed], a science fiction writing workshop held on Martha's Vineyard, and has also taught at both U.S. Clarion Workshops.[citation needed]

He used to be active on the Usenet groups rec.arts.sf.* in the 1990s. Since July 2000 he wrote a blog Electrolite until it was incorporated into his wife's blog Making Light in May 2005, where he now writes along with her, with Viable Paradise[verification needed] co-teacher, SF writer James D. Macdonald, and SF fans Avram Grumer and Abi Sutherland. He supports liberal issues, and is critical of George W. Bush's administration and the Iraq War.[citation needed]

Hugo awards and nominations[edit]

Fanzine editor, small press publisher and magazine editor[edit]

From 1982 to 1987, he edited and published the science fiction fanzine Izzard with his wife Teresa Nielsen Hayden.[1] He has worked on a number of other fanzines over the years, including Twibbet, Thangorodrim, Tweek, Ecce Fanno, Telos, Zed, and Flash Point[citation needed][verification needed]. His entry in "Who's Who in SF Fandom"[2] has a much more detailed list of his fanzine publications.

Through their small press, Ansatz Press, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden published Samuel R. Delany's Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions[3]

From 1985 to 1989, he served on the editorial board[citation needed][verification needed] of The Little Magazine, a poetry magazine. In 1988, he was one of the founding editors of The New York Review of Science Fiction, for which he did the basic design still in use today. He left the magazine after several issues.[citation needed]


Starlight original science fiction & fantasy anthology series:

Short Fiction


  1. ^ Patrick Nielsen Hayden at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ "NIELSEN HAYDEN, Patrick (James) (1959- )". Who's Who in SF Fandom. 
  3. ^ Samuel R. Delany (1988). Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions. 
  4. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 

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