Spotlight on Pat Cadigan

This week’s spotlight is on someone who has been much on our mind of late – the wonderful Pat Cadigan: not so much a writer as a force of nature (but also, obviously, a writer – and a damn good one!).

Pat has twice won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 1992 for Synners and then again in 1995 for Fools. She has been shortlisted multiple times for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, BSFA, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, among many others, and in 2013 won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for ‘The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi’.

Once dubbed ‘the Queen of Cyberpunk’, Pat’s work is so much more than that narrow definition would imply – as evidenced by some of the diverse luminaries of the field who have lined up to praise her.  Can Neil Gaiman, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling all be wrong? We think not. Nor could fellow Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Paul McAuley, who wrote an astute review of Fools on this very blog.

Most of Pat Cadigan’s fiction is available in digital form from SF Gateway and we, completely impartial as we are, recommend you read it.

You can find out more about Pat from her entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and follow her on Twitter. And you can read an extract from her Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Synners here.