Guest of Honour

Cat Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is an American writer, critic and editor. She has written several novels as well as short stories and poetry, and has won, among others, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Rhysling Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Andre Norton Award for her work. Her novel Palimpsest was a Hugo and Locus Award nominee and won the Lambda Literary Award in 2010. One of her latest books, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, debuted at number 8 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her critical work has appeared in the International Journal of the Humanities as well as in the essay anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords. She has also served as the fiction and poetry editor of Apex Magazine.

Valente lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.


Fiction available online


  • SF Squeecast (a podcast to discuss good books, by Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Lynne Thomas, Paul Cornell and Seanan McGuire)
  • The Writer And The Critic #8 (live from Continuum 7; problems and politics of writers reviewing the work of their friends)
  • Salon Futura (October 2010, writing LGBT Characters, discussion with Nicola Griffith and Hal Duncan, hosted by Cheryl Morgan)
  • Geeks Guide to the Galaxy #23 (October 2010, interview about mythpunk, secually transmitted cities, Prester John, and pulp era visions of Mars and Venus)
  • Bat Segundo Show #266 (February 2009, discussing a lot of topics, some involving Palimpsest)

Other stuff

photo: Johan Anglemark

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