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Product Details

  • Series: Boskone Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915368552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915368556
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Making Book is a unique and memorable compilation of Teresa Hayden's science fiction fanwriting (for which she has been nominated for the Hugo Award). This anthology of her writings includes God and I; Of Desks and Robots; Apocalypse Now and Then; Black Top Hat and Mustache; Major Arcana; Bei mir dist du Schoenherr; High Twee; The Big Z; Hell; 12 Feet; Tits and Cockroaches; Over Rough Terrain; Workingman's Fred; On Copyediting; Review of American Psycho; and The Pastafazool Cycle. This is a very impressive body of work and certain to be of interest to science fiction fans especially. -- Midwest Book Review

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This volume was nominated for the 1995 Hugo award for Best Non-Fiction Book.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Her essays on narcolepsy, Mormon excommunication, and copyediting are just some of the truly unique and compulsively readable chapters of this unique book. I recommend it to almost any reader. But particularly if you care about language and the quality of writing, or about science fiction fandom, will you find this book compelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruthi on November 23, 2006
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I thought most of this book was great. I found "God and I" and "On Copyediting" particularly engaging and great, along with quite a few others. What is amazing, as the other reviewers have said, is how interesting some of the essays are considering the subject material. I would never have thought that an essay on copyediting could make me laugh so much, and yet it has.

The reason why I give this only four stars, and not five, is that I found that a few of the essays in the middle, particularly "Over Rough Terrain", dragged on a bit and were not as engaging as the rest. This made getting through the entire book harder, and I rather wish I had just skipped them now.

But by all means, anyone interested enough in this book to be looking at the Amazon reviews of it should definitely read it. Just don't get discouraged in the middle, the last few essays are great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sherman on November 4, 2006
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This is a unique look at SF fandom, at writing, at thinking, and at what it might be like to live in TNH's brain for a bit. It's smart, quirky, and thought-provoking on levels you don't really appreciate until you suddenly look up, days later, and say, "Oh! OH! Oh my god, that's so smart!"

It's also one of those rare books I keep buying copies of, because I keep giving it to friends. So you might want to order two or three.
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By Seth in SF on April 4, 2013
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Teresa Nielsen Hayden and her husband, Patrick, have been fixtures in the science fiction community for decades. They have published and contributed to important fanzines through the community's rocky 70s and 80s. They then settled into editor positions at Tor, a major publisher of SF/F.

Making Book is a collection of Teresa's essays, fanzine contributions, and stories. It covers a lot of ground: her famous story of being formally excommunicated from the Mormon church, an essay about the trials and tribulations of working on the other side of the financial aid counter at a university, and the also-famous (and hilarious, and fascinating, and informative) guidelines for copyeditors editing science fiction or fantasy for the first time.

Throughout, Teresa's wit and knowledge show and through the essays, stories, and reports she and her husband wrote we get a glimpse into a world of authors, fans, and publishers that no longer exists in the same form but which still influences science fiction today.

Even if you don't care about SF, the stories and the humor are worth reading. The copyeditor section is brilliant and educational for anyone interested in writing or language. In short, it's a great read.
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This would be worth it for her account of being excommunicated from the Mormon church alone. That's a wonderfully told story, beautifully detailed and very well observed. As an occasional committer of copy-editing, and someone who spends too much time correcting badly-written essays, what she has to say on that subject it worth its weight in platinum, or even iridium.
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