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. She has also worked for Federated Media Publishing, 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 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, 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.[4] 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.[5]

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,[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 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 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, 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]


  • 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 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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