Dorothy Jones Heydt

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Name: Dorothy Jones Heydt
Alias(es): Katherine Blake
Fandoms: Science Fiction Fandom, Star Trek, Darkover
URL: Dorothy J. Heydt at Wikipedia
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Dorothy Jones Heydt is a science fiction and fantasy author. She has published numerous short stories and two professional novels under her own name and as Katherine Blake. Some of her stories are published in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

She is an active participant in the Usenet newsgroups rec.arts.sf.written and rec.arts.sf.fandom, and in science fiction fandom in general. She is the originator of the Eight Deadly Words and other fannish proverbs and sayings.

She was the compiler and editor of the Star Trek Concordance, an extensive resource guide first published in March 1969. At that time, she was also a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

In Star Trek fandom, she is known as the creator of the first detailed Vulcan conlang, which was detailed in the zine Spockanalia.

Along with Astrid Anderson (a former roommate), she created the "Dorothy and Myfanwy" series of short stories published in T-Negative beginning in 1969.

Ni Var

The term ni var was invented by Heydt. She said, "Ni var literally means 'two form', and it is basically a piece comparing and contrasting two aspects of the same thing." (Spockanalia 1, 1967) Any form of art can be used to express a ni var.

The first published ni var and probably the best known in fandom is Heydt's "The Territory of Rigel", originally published in Spockanalia and reprinted in Joan Verba's Boldly Writing. It is supposedly composed by Spock while he's alone on night watch on the bridge. He has the overhead lights off and is admiring the brilliance of the star Rigel in the scanner, contrasting it with the darkness of the bridge and the blackness of space.

"Ni Var", a cut-down version of Claire Gabriel's The Thousandth Man, was published in the anthology Star Trek: The New Voyages. In this story, Spock is split physically into two people, one human, the other Vulcan. Leonard Nimoy wrote the introduction. Perhaps thinking of the Hebrew tradition of the mizpah, Nimoy misunderstood the meaning of ni var and said it was "two who are one; two halves which make up a unity". In the Enterprise episode "Shadows of P'Jem", the Ni'Var [sic] was a Suurok-class Vulcan starship, commanded by Sopek. The screenwriters confirmed that their use of the term came from Gabriel's story. They knew nothing of Jones-Heydt's original work.

Today, ni var is sometimes used to refer to K/S, and is a kind of synonym for t'hy'la.