Teresa Nielsen Hayden

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Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Teresa Nielsen Hayden 2006.jpg
Born (1956-03-21) March 21, 1956 (age 58)
Occupation Executive editor
Nationality USA
Genre Non-fiction (writer);
science fiction, fantasy (editor)
Spouse Patrick Nielsen Hayden

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.[1] She has also worked for Federated Media Publishing, where in 2007 she revived the comment section for the blog Boing Boing.[2] 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.[3] In her youth, she served as a page in the Arizona House of Representatives.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.[5] From 1985 to 1989, she served on the editorial board of The Little Magazine, a poetry magazine.[verification needed]

She is a former managing editor and, now, consulting editor at Tor Books.[1] 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.[6]

She is also one of the regular instructors for the writing workshop Viable Paradise.[citation needed].

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,[7] 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.[8] 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 generated criticism of some of her moderation techniques, including disemvowelment.[9][10][11]

Medical conditions[edit]

Nielsen Hayden has narcolepsy[medical citation needed], for which she had been taking Cylert until the Food and Drug Administration withdrew the drug from the marketplace.[12][13][14][15] In September 2008 she had what appeared to be a heart attack; paramedics were summoned immediately, and she made a full recovery.[16]

Hugo Award nominations[edit]

Books edited[edit]

  • 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)

Notable books edited[edit]



  1. ^ a b "About Us". Tor.com. Tor Publishing. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ Welcome to the new Boing Boing!, Mark Frauenfelder, August 28, 2007
  3. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (November 1980). "God and I". Telos #3. 
  4. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (2006-02-24). "Opting Out of Education". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  5. ^ "TAFF Winners & Publications". The TransAtlantic Fan Fund. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  6. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (2004-02-11). "Painful Announcement". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  7. ^ James Eagle (2006-09-02). "Wired: In sheep's clothing; James Eagle explains how big business is trying to muscle in on the net - and how users are fighting back". The Morning Star. 
  8. ^ Cory Doctorow (14 May 2007). "How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community". Information Week. TechWeb Business Technology Network. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  9. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (July 1, 2008). "That Violet Blue Thing". Boing Boing. [dead link]
  10. ^ Cohen, Noam (July 7, 2008). "Poof! You're Unpublished". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Kapica, Jack (July 4, 2008). "A BoingBoing brouhaha, Indy for Prez and Oscar-worthy animated robots". The Globe and Mail. 
  12. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa; Patrick Nielsen Hayden (2006-01-02). "Fckng Ralph Nader, fckng Public Citizen". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  13. ^ UPDATE 2-Abbott's discontinued ADHD drug too risky-US FDA, Reuters, Oct 24, 2005
  14. ^ FDA withdraws approval for ADHD drug, Associated Press, 10/24/05.
  15. ^ Citizens' Group Wants Hyperactivity Drug Taken Off the Market, Gardner Harris, The New York Times, March 25, 2005.
  16. ^ Get well soon, Teresa!, Cory Doctorow,BoingBoing.net 2008/09/14
  17. ^ "1995 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  18. ^ "1991 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  19. ^ "1989 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  20. ^ a b "1984 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Teresa Nielsen Hayden". Viable Paradise. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  22. ^ Samuel R. Delany (1988). Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions. 
  23. ^ "Wheel of Time Re-read: The Gathering Storm Part 20". Tor.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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