Patricia K. Cadigan was born in Schenectady, NY. She was educated at the University of Massachusetts, 1970-1973, and the University of Kansas (BGS, 1975). She has been married twice: 1) Arnie Fenner, 1978 (divorced), one son; 2) Christopher Fowler, 1996.
For ten years she was an editor and writer of humorous greeting cards for the Hallmark Card Company in Kansas City. Early in her SF career she was associated with the cyberpunk sub-genre, and early in the movement was nicknamed the “Cybermom.”
Cadigan was co-founder (with then-husband Arnold Fenner) and editor of the fanzine, Shayol, from its inception in 1977 until its demise in 1985; during its lifetime it was known for the quality of its stories, winning a World Fantasy Award (non-professional category) in 1981.
An interview/bibliography of Cadigan appeared in the Fall, 1989 (Vol. 3, No. 1), issue of the fanzine Nova Express. She has been interviewed several times by Locus, including the July, 1995, issue (“Transforming the Familiar”).
Additional short story collections are Letters from Home (1991) (with Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy), Home By the Sea (1992), and Dirty Work (1993). Other works include the non-fiction work The Making of Lost in Space (1998) and the novel Tea From an Empty Cup (1998).
Her original series of adventures of the “Lost in Space” Robinson family, Promised Land, and The Web: Avatar, a novel in the YA Web series, were published in 1999; and the novel Dervish is Digital [featuring Detective Dore Konstantin of Tea From an Empty Cup] appeared in 2001. Cadigan’s edited volume, The Ultimate Cyberpunk, an anthology that looks at cyberpunk and its earlier SF roots, was published in 2002. Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine appeared in 2004. At one time Cadigan reports she learned languages, including Mandarin Chinese “as a hobby.”
John Clute (1993) has described her as “one of the most acutely intelligent of 1980s writers”; and she has aptly described herself as a “technofeminist.”
- 1988 Best Short Story Hugo
- 1991 Best Novella Hugo
- 1992 Best Novelette Hugo
- 1993 Best Novelette Hugo
- 2013 Best Novelette Hugo <winner> for “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1979 — Fool-Con II, Coveted Balrog Award for Short Fiction
- 1981 — World Fantasy Award, non-professional
- 1987 — Toastmaster of ArmadilloCon 9
- 1992 — Disclave 36, Arthur C. Clarke Award
- 1993 — Mexicon 5
- 1994 — Orycon 16
- 1995 — Swancon '95, Arthur C. Clarke Award
- 1997 — Conspiracy (NZ Natcon)
- 2009 — Picocon 26
- 2010 — Finncon 2010
- 2016 — Toastmaster at MidAmeriCon 2
- 2017 — Innominate