Cat Rambo

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John Barth described Cat Rambo’s writings as “works of urban mythopoeia.” Her stories occur in a universe where chickens aid the lovelorn, Death is just another face on the train, and Bigfoot gives interviews to the media on a daily basis. She has worked as a programmer-writer for Microsoft and a Tarot card reader, professions which, she claims, both involve a certain combination of technical knowledge and willingness to go with the flow. In 2005 she attended the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Among the places in which her stories have appeared are Asimov’s, Weird Tales, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons, and her work has consistently garnered mentions and appearances in year’s best of anthologies. Her collection, Eyes Like Sky and Coal And Moonlight was an Endeavour Award finalist in 2010 and followed her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon’s Tale And Other Stories. Her most recent collection is Neither Here Nor There, from Hydra House Books, while fantasy novel Hearts Of Tabat recently appeared from WordFire Press.

She has edited anthologies as well as the online award-winning, critically-acclaimed Fantasy Magazine. Her work with Fantasy Magazine earned her a nomination for a World Fantasy Award in 2012. She runs the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, an online school offering on-demand and live classes aimed at genre writers. She has taught dozens of workshops, including sessions for Clarion West, the King County Library System, the Surrey Writers Conference, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

Although no longer actively involved with the game, she is one of the minds behind Armageddon MUD, the oldest roleplay-intensive MUD (an interactive text-based game) on the Internet, which has been described as “like no other mud I have played before“, “the most entertaining game I’ve ever played“, “the most creative, emotionally involved mud on the Net” and “a place of astonishing beauty and detail“. She continues to do some game writing as well as critical essays and reviews. A longtime volunteer with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), she served as its Vice President from 2014-2015 and is its current President.