Although published in 1991, the world of Pat Cadigan’s Synners and L.A in the late 1980’s still feels relevant today. In fact, it’s more relevant than a lot of cyberpunk, especially among fellow first-wave texts. Unlike many of the books’ peers, it doesn’t feel archaic after thirty years, perhaps because it’s a hard, purposeful look at nostalgia itself.
Pat Cadigan is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary genre, though she doesn’t describe herself that way. In her career she has published numerous novels and short stories, dealing with the interaction between the human mind and technology. She was the recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel of the year for Synners (1991) and Fools (1992). She received the Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Girl-Thing who Went Out for Sushi (2013).