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Pat Cadigan

Author of Synners

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Series

Works by Pat Cadigan

Synners (1991) 802 copies
Tea From An Empty Cup (1998) 474 copies
Mindplayers (1987) 417 copies
Fools (1992) 349 copies
Patterns (1982) 212 copies
Dervish Is Digital (2000) 199 copies
The Ultimate Cyberpunk (2002) — Editor, Contributor — 151 copies
Dirty Work (1993) 54 copies
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 50 copies
Promised Land (1999) 21 copies
Home by the Sea (1992) 19 copies
Jason X (2005) 14 copies
The Experiment (2005) 13 copies
My Brother's Keeper (1988) 12 copies
Making of Lost in Space (1998) 12 copies
Angel [short fiction] (1987) 10 copies
Chalk (2013) 7 copies
Roadside Rescue (1985) 7 copies
True Faces [novelette] (1992) 6 copies
Les synthérétiques T1 (1991) 6 copies
Les synthérétiques T2 (1991) 5 copies
Rock On (1984) 5 copies
Fool To Believe (1990) 4 copies
She's Not There (1995) 4 copies
The Taste of Night (2010) 4 copies
Nothing Personal (2007) 4 copies
Nearly Departed (1983) 4 copies
The Power and the Passion (1989) 3 copies
Life On Earth 3 copies
Jimmy 2 copies
Lunatic Bridge 2 copies
Lost in Space Blueprint (1998) 2 copies
Cellular (2004) 2 copies
Stilled Life 2 copies
Dirty Work [short story] (1989) 2 copies
By Lost Ways 1 copy
Caretakers 1 copy
Linda 1 copy
The Mudlark 1 copy
Alien3 1 copy

Associated Works

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (1986) — Contributor — 1,602 copies
Dangerous Women (2013) — Contributor — 1,106 copies
Aces High (1987) — Contributor — 986 copies
The Long Tomorrow (1955) — Introduction, some editions — 826 copies
Naked City (2011) — Contributor — 633 copies
Down and Dirty (1988) — Contributor — 566 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contributor — 431 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection (1992) — Contributor — 413 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 410 copies
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 384 copies
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction (2006) — Contributor — 312 copies
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (2001) — Contributor — 285 copies
A Whisper of Blood (1991) — Contributor — 256 copies
Other Worlds Than These (2012) — Contributor — 247 copies
Alternate Presidents (1992) — Contributor — 241 copies
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF (1987) — Contributor — 238 copies
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF (1988) — Contributor — 235 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986) — Contributor — 225 copies
Edge of Infinity (2012) — Contributor — 223 copies
Blood Is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism (1989) — Contributor — 219 copies
The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (2010) — Contributor — 202 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 201 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
Future on Fire (1991) — Contributor — 187 copies
Haunted Legends (2010) — Contributor — 183 copies
Haunted Nights (2017) — Contributor — 183 copies
Sisters of the Night (1995) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Future is Japanese (2012) — Contributor — 168 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 161 copies
Live Without a Net (2003) — Afterword, some editions — 143 copies
Inferno (2007) — Contributor — 141 copies
Alternate Kennedys (1992) — Contributor — 140 copies
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Contributor — 139 copies
Fearful Symmetries (2014) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contributor — 131 copies
Little Deaths (1995) — Contributor — 131 copies
Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1995) — Contributor — 129 copies
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contributor — 129 copies
The Doll Collection (2015) — Contributor — 128 copies
Alien Contact (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 124 copies
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Contributor — 123 copies
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contributor — 120 copies
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Introduction — 120 copies
Hackers (1984) — Contributor — 116 copies
Hauntings (2013) — Contributor — 111 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 105 copies
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contributor — 100 copies
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (1983) — Contributor — 100 copies
Sideways In Crime (2008) — Contributor — 99 copies
Disco 2000 (1998) — Contributor — 97 copies
Whatdunits (1992) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #11 (1982) — Contributor — 96 copies
Year's Best SF 18 (2013) — Contributor — 91 copies
Black Mist (1997) — Contributor — 85 copies
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Terror (2004) — Contributor — 85 copies
Alien Crimes (2007) — Contributor — 80 copies
Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories (2016) — Contributor — 75 copies
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (2015) — Contributor — 75 copies
Witpunk (2003) — Author — 73 copies
Dangerous Women 3 (2014) — Contributor — 73 copies
Isaac Asimov's Vampires (1996) — Contributor — 71 copies
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 70 copies
Nebula Awards 23 (1989) — Contributor — 67 copies
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Contributor — 67 copies
Aladdin: Master of the Lamp (1992) — Contributor — 66 copies
Deals with the Devil (1994) — Contributor — 64 copies
When the Music's Over (1991) — Contributor — 63 copies
Bridging Infinity (1783) — Contributor — 61 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Body Shocks (2021) — Contributor — 58 copies
Aliens among Us (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies
Fears (1983) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Fifth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1987) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 09 (1998) — Contributor — 54 copies
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 54 copies
Shadows 6 (1983) — Contributor — 54 copies
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012) — Contributor — 54 copies
Is Anybody Out There? (2010) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Dead Letters (2016) — Contributor — 52 copies
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Contributor — 52 copies
Ripper (1988) — Contributor — 49 copies
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 48 copies
New Worlds (New Anthology Series , Vol 1) (1997) — Author — 47 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Contributor — 47 copies
Beyond Flesh (2002) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Web: 2028 (1999) — Contributor — 45 copies
Narrow Houses: Tales of Superstition, Suspense, and Fear (1992) — Contributor — 45 copies
The End of the Line: An Anthology of Underground Horror (2010) — Contributor — 42 copies
Visitations of the Night (Grails) (1994) — Contributor — 42 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 24th Series (1982) — Contributor — 41 copies
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (1994) — Contributor — 39 copies
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 39 copies
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (1991) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 36 copies
Nightmare Magazine, October 2014 (Women Destroy Horror! special issue) (2014) — Contributor, some editions — 36 copies
Edited By (2020) — Contributor — 36 copies
Dying for It: More Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1997) — Contributor — 36 copies
Dislocations: Nine Stories of Speculation and Imagination (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Slow Dancing Through Time (1990) — Introduction — 35 copies
Dark Terrors 3 (1997) — Contributor — 34 copies
New Dimensions 11 (1980) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume One (2020) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Myth-understandings (1996) — Contributor — 29 copies
Invaders! (1993) — Contributor — 29 copies
Omni Best Science Fiction Three (1993) — Contributor — 27 copies
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies
Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox (2014) — Contributor — 25 copies
Tropical Chills (1988) — Contributor — 24 copies
Subterfuge (2008) — Contributor — 24 copies
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Contributor — 23 copies
Wild Women (1854) — Contributor — 23 copies
Omni Best Science Fiction Two (1992) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Berkley Showcase Vol. 4 (1981) — Contributor — 22 copies
Horrorology (1638) — Contributor — 21 copies
TRSF (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 19 copies
Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction (2014) — Contributor — 18 copies
Angels! (1995) — Contributor — 15 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 17, No. 14 [December 1993] (1993) — Contributor — 15 copies
Dangerous Games (2014) — Contributor — 15 copies
Avatars Inc (2020) — Contributor — 13 copies
Future Media (2011) — Contributor — 13 copies
Pwning Tomorrow (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
Brighton Shock (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies
Apex Magazine 56 (January 2014) (2014) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 29 • October 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 7 copies
Digital Dreams: A Decade of Science Fiction by Women (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 13, March 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 19 • December 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 6 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 137 (February 2018) (2018) — Contributor — 3 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Cadigan, Patricia Oren Kearney
Birthdate
1953-09-10
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
UK (citizen from 2014)
Birthplace
Schenectady, New York, USA
Places of residence
Schenectady, New York, USA (birthplace)
Overland Park, Kansas, USA
London, England, UK
Education
University of Massachusetts
University of Kansas
Occupations
science fiction author
Relationships
Fenner, Arnie (ex-husband)
Short biography
Pat Cadigan is an author of all kinds of science fiction, including cyberpunk back when it was cool. She lives in London with her spouse Christopher Fowler (no, not the author, the other one).

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Reviews

WTF.

I finally (FINALLY) finished this slim little paperback last night. I struggled with it due to an inability to give a shit about any of the characters or about the details of Post-Apocalyptic Noo Yawk Sitty. Especially with the scenes in PANYS. I think the reader is supposed to find the vision of virtual reality compelling or interesting? It definitely wasn't either of those things.

The characters just have no motivations that make sense. Yuki risks her life and liberty to find Tom... because she sort of has a crush on him that she knows is one-sided? OK, if you insist. The hint-hint-nudge-nudge-possibly-not-straight police detective Konstantin in the space of a few hours goes from never having set foot in VR to plunging into it headfirst not once but twice despite having no idea what she's going to do when she gets there, or if it'll advance her investigation, or be allowed evidence in court? And then she proceeds to blunder around and answer approximately zero of her questions both times? What the fuck. Tom sold the drug and the suit to Ash in order to then sell his body/death to a wealthy thrillseeker? WHY?? Is he suddenly in league with Joy Flower, or is he trying to compete with her business? Never explained.

The two viewpoints characters are female, as are the main villain(s? I have zero idea what we're supposed to think of Body Sativa's actions), and a majority of the other characters with speaking parts. That's pretty cool. There's also some gender bending, which is mostly irrelevant, although I think the book was trying to make some kind of point about gender and embodiment in AR. (It failed.) Konstantin and Tom are interpretable as queer if you squint really hard, but Konstantin's ex is never given a pronoun and I'm not sure if we're supposed to make something of the fact that the Tom's avatar is an androgyne and that he's not into Yuki.

If I gave a shit, I could probably read the entire book again and the ending might make more sense. Unfortunately, I really, really don't.

Not that it's badly written. I didn't hate it. I'm just incredibly unimpressed. This book set out to explore some really complicated ideas and it failed to do justice to any of them.
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caedocyon | 11 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
Pretty good cyberpunk from 98. Not on the Otherland level, but still lots of interesting ideas.
 
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roguelike | 11 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
Good cyberpunk by and about women, which is a refreshing change of perspective from a very male dominated sub-genre.
Fair warning to crunchy cyberpunk fans, this deals almost exclusively with artificial reality and the nature of our perception of reality self, to the detriment if not outright exclusion of many of the genre's other tropes. I would say a good three quarters of this novel takes place within various 'layers' of artificial reality. A concept treated in an interesting, almost spiritual, sense.
Good enough of a read that I'll pick up the sequel.
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Rating
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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