Guests of Honour
Pat Cadigan is an American-born science fiction author, who broke through as a major writer as part of the cyberpunk movement. Her early novels and stories all shared a common theme, exploring the relationship between the human mind and technology.
Her first novel, Mindplayers, introduced what became a common theme to all her works. Her stories blurred the line between reality and perception by making the human mind a real and explorable place. Her second novel, Synners, expanded upon the same theme, and featured a future where direct access to the mind via technology was infact possible.
She has won a number of awards, including the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award twince in 1992, and 1995 for her novels Synners and Fools. And in 2013 she won the Hugo Award for her novelette The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi.
Judith Clute was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but grew up in Toronto with no siblings, but close friends, Chinese and refugees from Estonia, Latvia, Poland and the Ukraine.
She currently resides in London where she is an internationally successful artist who has been exhibiting since the 1960's.
Her Science Fiction work includes illustrations for Interzone and Salon Futura and covers for a number of Joanna Russ books.
Her work was also featured in Dick Jude's Fantasy Art Masters (2002).