Pat Cadigan has been a professional freelance writer for thirteen years, full-time since 1987. Her short fiction has appeared in Omni, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Twilight Zone, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and in numerous anthologies, including Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, Shadows, Tropical Chills, Blood Is Not Enough, Alien Sex, A Whisper of Blood, Alternate Presidents, Alternate Kennedys, Little Deaths, Sisters of the Night, and in many best-of-the-year anthologies as well. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy Award. In 1988, she won the Locus Readers' Poll in the short story category for a piece called "Angel," and won it again in 1990 in the best collection category for Patterns. Her work has also been translated into French, German, Finnish, Polish, Japanese, Russian, and Czechoslovakian.
Her first novel, Mindplayers, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Patterns, her short fiction collection, appeared in hardcover from Ursus Imprints in 1989, and also from Grafton Books (UK; October, 1991). It was nominated for the Bram Stoker and the Thorpe Menn Awards. Her second novel, Synners, came out from Bantam Books under the Spectra Special Editions imprint in February 1991 and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in Great Britain; it was also a Nebula nominee. Bantam-Spectra published her third novel, Fools, in November, 1992. Published in Britain in 1993, it won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her next science fiction novel will be published by Tor. In September, 1993, Ziesing Books brought out a new collection of her short fiction entitled Dirty Work.
Cadigan has spoken at many writers' conferences, including the Florida Suncoast Writers Conference, where she and Ellen Datlow, fiction editor of Omni magazine, gave seminars together as well as separately. She has also given seminars at Johnson County Community College, Longview, and Avila College. She taught a weeklong workshop at Clarion West, and has lectured on the future at International Space University at M.I.T. In March 1992, she was featured in the Whitney Museum's Performing Bodies and Smart Machines series, as part of a panel discussion of Writers on the Future of the Body and Technology. She has consulted for Kodak and Hallmark Cards and gave a presentation at Shippensburg University in January 1993 on the future of popular culture. Cadigan was one of the featured speakers at the London Institute For Contemporary Arts conference on the future of virtual reality in March 1994, and in May, 1994 she gave a presentation at the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. as part of the Virtual Futures conference, with Stelarc, the Australian performance artist. She has also spoken at the 1994 Women in Cyberspace Conference at M.I.T. with Brenda Laurel, Amy Bruckman, and Sherry Turkle.
The May, 1992 issue of Elle magazine profiled her as one of the women writers whose work is changing and reshaping the field of science fiction and in the October, 1993 issue of Mademoiselle, she was featured as one of six "computer goddesses." She has made several appearances on Toronto's Prisoners of Gravity TV show,discussing topics ranging from cyberspace to dreams to the future of publishing.
Cadigan began her college education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst as a theatre major, but transferred to the University of Kansas and graduated in 1975. She studied creative writing with writer and sf historian James Gunn, and was an attendee of the first Institute for the Teaching of Science Fiction. She was also one of the first readers for the Audio‚Reader program, a closed‚circuit radio station for the blind. After a ten‚year career writing and editing for Hallmark Cards, she stayed in Kansas and took up writing full‚time. In August 1996 she migrated to England. Pat now lives in north London with her husband, Chris Fowler, and her son Bob. She has an attachment to the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at the University of Warwick, as a Visiting Scholar.
Pat Cadigan, acclaimed by the London Guardian as "The Queen of Cyberpunk", is the author of three novels, Mindplayers, Synners and Fools; and three short story collections, Patterns, Home By The Sea, and Dirty Work. Some of her short stories also appeared in Letters from Home, alongside work by Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy. Pat completed her fourth novel, Tea from an Empty Cup, in March 1997. It will be published in Autumn 1998 in the USA and November 1998 in the UK. Pat continues to publish short fiction. Recent stories are in New Worlds, Dark Terrors 3, and the Christmas issue of Interzone.
Pat Cadigan was born in Schenectady, New York, and grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Attending the University of Massachusetts on a scholarship, she eventually transferred to the University of Kansas where she received her degree. Pat was an editor and writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for ten years before embarking on her careers as a fiction writer in 1987.
Since that time her Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated short stories have appeared in such magazines as Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. Her first collection, Patterns, was honoured with the Locus Award in 1990.
Pat Cadigan moved to England in August 1996, and now lives in North London, with her son Bob Fenner, husband Chris Fowler, and their cat, Calgary.
[Both sections taken from the Cadigan homepage.]