Pat Cadigan won the Arthur C. Clarke Award twice for her novels Synners and Fools. She has also won three Locus Awards-best short story for "Angel," best collection for Patterns, and best novelette for "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi,", which also won the Hugo Award in the same category; it can be found in Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Most often identified as one of the original cyberpunk writers-the Guardian called her The Queen of Cyberpunk-her work includes fantasy, horror, young adult, and nonfiction. Born in New York, she grew up in Massachusetts but spent most of her adult life in the Kansas City area, where she worked for ten years at Hallmark Cards, Inc., writing greeting cards, often in perfect iambic pentameter. She now lives in gritty, urban north London with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler, and takes pride in the accomplishments of her son, musician and composer Robert Fenner.
Cadigan is working on two new novels––working titles: See You When You Get There and Truth & Bone––while she makes terminal cancer her bitch. Diagnosed in late 2014 with an inoperable and incurable form of reccurrent endometrial cancer, she was given at most two years to live. After she underwent what was supposed to have been strictly palliative chemotherapy in early 2015, however, doctors were forced to revise their estimates from 'two years or less' to 'Someday, maybe––hey, we just work here'.
When asked for comment, Cadigan, who has already returned from the dead in the past, once after a severe case of anaphylactic shock, simply shrugged and said, 'Heaven doessn't want me and Hell's afraid I'll take over.'
She has been keeping a blog called 'Ceci N'est Pas Une Blog––Dispatches From Cancerland' at patcadigan.wordpress.com about her adventures as a cancer patient; she promises that it's not a bummer. In fact, some of it is even funny. She can also be found on Facebook and tweets as @cadigan and just about everything there is funny, too.
In 2016, she will be Toastmaestrix at MidAmeriCon II, the world science-fiction convention to be held in Kansas City in August. Guests of Honour will be Michael Swanwick, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Kinuko Y. Craft, and Tamora Pierce.