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AuthorPat Cadigan
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
July 1, 1987
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

Mindplayers is a 1987 first novel by science fiction author Pat Cadigan.[1][2]

Plot summary[edit]

A dare goes awry when Ali tries on a stolen madcap and is afflicted with psychotic delusions that will not go away. "Cured" by a mindplayer, Ali is soon forced to become one herself or face a prison sentence as a "mind criminal."[2][3]


Analog Science Fact & Fiction said of Mindplayers and Cadigan, "Excellent stuff, perceptive, imaginative, subtle and penetrating. A pleasure to read, and a writer to admire."[2] Fantasy Review called the novel "an energetic, intriguing, darkly humorous head-trip extravaganza."[2] The novel was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award in 1988.[3]


  1. ^ "Pat Cadigan". FantasticFiction.co.uk. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mindplayers: Pat Cadigan - Product Description". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan". FantasticFiction.co.uk. Retrieved June 21, 2009.