Pat Cadigan

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Pat Cadigan was born in New York, grew up in Massachusetts, and spent most of her adult life in the Kansas City area, until she emigrated to the UK.

Her first professional sale appeared in 1980, in New Dimensions 11, edited by Marta Randall and Robert Silverberg. After ten years as a writer for Hallmark Cards (yes, she wrote the cards, in verse), she became a full-time writer in 1987. She is the author of fifteen books, including two nonfiction books on the making of Lost in Space and The Mummy, one young adult novel, and the two Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novels Synners and Fools. She has also won the Hugo Award for her novelette, “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi,” which serves as the jumping-off point for her novel, See You When You Get There.

Cadigan is a popular guest lecturer and has talked on many different subjects at universities, literary festivals, and cultural gatherings around the world, including M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Pop!Tech in Camden, Maine, Utopiales in France, and Argonauts of the Noosphere in Rimini, Italy.

Kansas City, however, has a very special place in her heart, because it was there that she first made contact with science fiction fandom. She was at KU when she saw a flyer for MidAmeriCon in a bookstore. She wrote the committee begging to help out. She ended up being the liaison between the committee and GOH Robert A. Heinlein. They remained friends for the rest of his life.

While she was always going to be a science fiction writer, Big MAC changed the course of her life completely, and very much for the better. She loves living in London with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler, but KC is also home.

She on Twitter as @cadigan and on Facebook as Pat Cadigan.