The word for Niki was VIVID


I first met Niki Massey several years ago — I think it was at Convergence that this force of nature asserted herself to me. She got this response a lot, I suspect; you’d meet her and be staggered by this sassy, loud, laughing, determined woman, and you’d know she was going to be whirling back to bounce off you again in the near future.

Except now she’s not.

Niki died unexpectedly in her sleep this weekend, and now I’m seeing this far-flung community of skeptics and atheists, and also all of her friends in the Minneapolis area, simply reeling in dismay. She was too young. She was too fierce. This can’t have happened. But it did, because death doesn’t give a damn about what you want.

All I can say is that I will remember Niki. I can’t help it, she won’t let me, she was unforgettable.



  1. dick says

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. (It seems that Niki’s premature death is everyone’s loss.)

  2. magistramarla says

    Very sad. I’ve known people like her, who can fill a room with their presence. Sad that the world will never know what this force of nature could have achieved.

  3. Janine the Jackbooted Emotion Queen says

    I only knew her from Twitter. She was one of my very favorites there, someone who helped to make Twitter worthwhile for me. I enjoyed my interactions with her.

    I am in tears right now but i know that it is even more devistating for her friends and family.

    While she was involved with a lot of political activities, i think that she would be upset that she did not get to see Sailor Moon Crystal to completion. Odd detail, i know. But i cannot help but to think that.

    Niki will be missed. Humanity needs more people like her.

  4. says

    I only knew her from her blog. She was an insightful and thought provoking writer. I am a better person for having been exposed to her ideas. Truly a saddening loss. My thoughts and condolences goes out to her loved ones.