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January 8, 2015

Editorial work, 2014
Posted by Patrick at 07:38 PM * 9 comments

Or perhaps I should say, my editorial work that appeared in 2014. We’re always working on several years at once. What day is today?

Original hardcovers
What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
Like a Mighty Army by David Weber
Working God’s Mischief by Glen Cook
My Real Children by Jo Walton
Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind
California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout
The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi
Lock In by John Scalzi

First softcover editions
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Human Division by John Scalzi
Homeland by Cory Doctorow
Gaudeamus by John Barnes
Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick
The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind
The Incrementalists by Steven Brust & Skyler White
Dangerous Women eds. George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

Original short fiction (all published on
The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging” by Harry Turtledove
The Cartography of Sudden Death” by Charlie Jane Anders
Something Going Around” by Harry Turtledove
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” by John Scalzi
Combustion Hour” by Yoon Ha Lee
The Devil in the Details” by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Sleeper” by Jo Walton
As Good as New” by Charlie Jane Anders
Midway Relics and Dying Breeds” by Seanan McGuire
Where the Lost Things Are” by Rudy Rucker & Terry Bisson
Father Christmas: A Wonder Tale of the North” by Charles Vess

2014 also saw the softcover edition of the reprint anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

What Makes This Book So Great, The Incrementalists, and “Father Christmas: A Wonder Tale of the North” were co-edited with Teresa. In addition, Teresa copyedited My Real Children, and edited the original hardcover Hawk by Steven Brust. She also edited Skyler White’s story in the Incrementalists universe, “Strongest Conjuration,” which appeared on; and another book she edited, Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson, saw its first softcover edition in 2014.

Comments on Editorial work, 2014:
#1 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2015, 07:44 PM:

Bonus award recommendation that we didn't edit: "The Litany of Earth" by Ruthanna Emrys, a spectacularly good novelette acquired for by Carl Engle-Laird.

#2 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2015, 08:00 PM:

Wow, you got to work with some cool books this year!

I'm curious what you do with the softcover books - I assume the writing and copyediting are done (unless it's a revised edition since the hardcover), and most of the typesetting is straightforward, so is it mostly a job of estimating print run sizes and selling it to the bookstores given the track record from hardcover and ebooks? Or are there other parts of the work?

#3 ::: Steve Taylor ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2015, 12:11 AM:

There's much to praise there, but I give extra special mention to "What Makes This Book So Great", which has managed to become my go-to comfort read while still being perceptive and intelligent.

Reading it is like have a cup of tea with Jo Walton (speculation - we've never met) without the bother of having to fly to Canada and suffer horrible jetlag.

#4 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2015, 12:39 AM:

I really love that you folks do this. I wish more editors would.

Also, wow, you worked on some really cool books that came out this year.

#5 ::: Darth Paradox ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2015, 02:13 AM:

This seems like a good time to ask a question I've had for a while: as a Hugo Awards voter without any experience in the publishing field, what should I look for when voting the editor categories?

#6 ::: Andrew M ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2015, 07:19 AM:

Bill Stewart: I took it that Patrick simply meant books originally edited by him that had now appeared in softcover.

Darth Paradox: The Best Professional Editor Hugo was originally created to replace Best Professional Magazine, so as to allow editors of anthologies to be honoured as well. I take it, therefore, that in voting on this (now the Short Form award) one should simply look at the excellence of the product, for which, as a whole, the editor is to be seen as responsible. By analogy, I would think that in voting on the Long Form award one should just look for the editor with the best list.

#7 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2015, 12:05 PM:

That's a lot of editing (plus it is good to see that some good books are back in print).

#8 ::: Bernard Yeh ::: (view all by) ::: January 13, 2015, 08:54 PM:

Patrick: FYI, there is an attribution error in the OP, discovered while I was following links to the short stories on

"Where the Lost Things Are" is by Rudy Rucker & Terry Bisson (not Bruce Sterling)

#9 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2015, 11:12 AM:

Jeez, thanks, Bernard. Fixed.

I attribute the brain fart to the fact that (1) we've published two other stories that actually were by Rucker & Sterling and (2) I just recently acquired a third Rucker-Sterling collaboration.

In unrelated news, as you may or may not be aware, Rudy Rucker is a great-great-great grandson of the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel...

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