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Nielsen Hayden, Patrick

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Editor.

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(1959-    ) US editor and anthologist, born Patrick James Hayden; he legally changed his name in 1979 when he married Teresa Nielsen Hayden. With his wife, he has been active in Fandom, producing the Fanzine Izzard from 1982 to 1987. He has been editorially involved with Tor Books full-time from 1988, and in this association won the 2007, 2010 and 2013 Hugos for Best Professional Editor – Long Form. His most important and innovative Anthologies – the Starlight sequence comprising Starlight 1 (anth 1996), Starlight 2 (anth 1998) and Starlight 3 (anth 2001) – contain a surprisingly high proportion of the best and most adventurous sf of the late 1990s, much of it transgressive of normal Genre SF boundaries (see Equipoise). Other anthologies include Alternate Skiffy (anth 1997) with Mike Resnick in the latter's Alternate sequence, presenting Alternate Histories of the sf genre itself; plus two Young Adult titles, New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction (anth 2003) and New Magics: An Anthology of Today's Fantasy (anth 2004), which despite their titles contain only reprints. Only one volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection (anth 2005) with Jane Yolen has appeared to date.

Nielsen Hayden is listed as an editor of Tor's Online Magazine,, and in March 2018 became editor-in-chief of Tor Books as a whole. [JC]

see also: Fan Funds; John Scalzi; Skylark Award; Worldcon.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

born Lansing, Michigan: 2 January 1959




  • Starlight 1 (New York: Tor, 1996) [anth: Starlight: pb/Lynn Newmark]
  • Starlight 2 (New York: Tor, 1998) [anth: Starlight: hb/Jeff Adams]
  • Starlight 3 (New York: Tor, 2001) [anth: Starlight: pb/Les Edwards as Edward Miller]

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