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
Genres Non-fiction (writer);
science fiction, fantasy (editor)
Spouse(s) 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[verification needed]

. She has also worked for Federated Media Publishing[verification needed], where in 2007 she revived the comment section for the blog Boing Boing.[1] Nielsen Hayden has been nominated for Hugo Awards five times.

Born Teresa Nielsen, she grew up in a Mormon household[citation needed] 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.[2] In her youth, she served as a page in the Arizona House of Representatives.[3] 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[citation needed], 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.[4] From 1985 to 1989, she served on the editorial board[verification needed] of The Little Magazine, a poetry magazine.

She is a former managing editor and, now, consulting editor at Tor Books[verification needed]

. 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.[5]

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[weasel words],[citation needed] Making Light, where she writes about a wide range of subjects such as animal hoarding, publishing scams, astroturfing,[6] and global political events. She is the first recorded Internet editor to practice[verification needed][weasel words] disemvoweling of the entire text of offensive posts; the term itself was coined in a Making Light post by Arthur Hlavaty.[7] She was the first lead comments moderator[citation needed] 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.[8][9][10]

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.[11][12][13][14] In September 2008 she had what appeared to be a heart attack; paramedics were summoned immediately, and she made a full recovery.[15]

Hugo Award nominations[edit]

Recent and forthcoming books edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden[edit]


Notable books edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden[edit]


  • Making Book (NESFA Press, 1994)
  • "Some Notes Toward Two Analyses of Auctorial Method and Voice", in The Paths of the Dead: Book One of the Viscount of Adrilankha (Tor Books, 2002)
  • "Remarks on Some Cliches I Have (By Definition) Known Too Well", Subterranean Magazine #4 (Subterranean Press, 2006)
  • Chapter 15 of Atlanta Nights (2005)


  1. ^ Welcome to the new Boing Boing!, Mark Frauenfelder, August 28, 2007
  2. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (November 1980). "God and I". Telos #3. 
  3. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (2006-02-24). "Opting Out of Education". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  4. ^ "TAFF Winners & Publications". The TransAtlantic Fan Fund. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  5. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (2004-02-11). "Painful Announcement". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa That Violet Blue Thing[dead link] Boing Boing
  9. ^ Cohen, Noam Poof! You're Unpublished The New York Times
  10. ^ Kapica, Jack Your Friday Reads: Jack Kapica searches the Web and offers a selection of the week's interesting stories: A BoingBoing brouhaha, Indy for Prez and Oscar-worthy animated robots The Globe and Mail
  11. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa; Patrick Nielsen Hayden (2006-01-02). "Fckng Ralph Nader, fckng Public Citizen". Making Light. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  12. ^ UPDATE 2-Abbott's discontinued ADHD drug too risky-US FDA, Reuters, Oct 24, 2005
  13. ^ FDA withdraws approval for ADHD drug, Associated Press, 10/24/05.
  14. ^ Citizens' Group Wants Hyperactivity Drug Taken Off the Market, Gardner Harris, The New York Times, March 25, 2005.
  15. ^ Get well soon, Teresa!, Cory Doctorow,BoingBoing.net 2008/09/14
  16. ^ "1995 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  17. ^ "1991 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  18. ^ "1989 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  19. ^ a b "1984 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards Website. WSFS. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Teresa Nielsen Hayden". Viable Paradise. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  21. ^ Samuel R. Delany (1988). Wagner/Artaud: A Play of 19th and 20th Century Critical Fictions. 
  22. ^ "Wheel of Time Re-read: The Gathering Storm Part 20". Tor.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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