Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg (often known as Agberg) was born in Brooklyn in 1935. Like many early fans, he began submitting stories to the prozines in the late 40s.

Silverberg's first published novel (in 1955) was a YA book called Revolt on Alpha C. He won the 1956 Most Promising New Author Hugo. Over the next few years he was incredibly prolific, writing a million words a year, mostly for prozines and Ace Doubles. When the sf market collapsed in 1959 Silverberg turned to other fields, including carefully researched historical nonfiction and softcore porn.

He was a prominent and active fan in the 60s, and wrote frequently for the fanzines. His own fanzine was called Spaceship and the early issues did not, perhaps, contain his best writing. Perhaps his best known article was on in which he extended Jack Speer's theory of Numerical Fandoms. Silverberg added Seventh Fandom to the theory, but probably should not be stigmatized for that. He has been a member of FAPA continuously since November, 1949, publishing Irusaben with Saul Diskin and Spaceship and Snickersnee by himself. He was a member of the ISL.

In the 1960s, Silverberg returned to SF, writing more literary stories and novels, including To Open the Sky, To Live Again, The World Inside, Downward to the Earth and Dying Inside. His story Nightwings won the 1969 Best Novella Hugo. he won a Nebula award in 1970 for the short story "Passengers". He won two more the following year (his novel A Time of Changes and the short story "Good News from the Vatican". and one more in 1975 for his novella "Born with the Dead".

He was GoH at Heicon '70, the 1970 Worldcon in Heidelberg, Germany.

He moved from New York to the Bay Area in 1972 and announced his retirement from writing in 1975. But in 1980 he returned triumphantly with Lord Valentine's Castle, the start of the popular Majipoor series. He received another Nebula in 1986 for his novella "Sailing to Byzantium", a Best Novella Hugo in 1987 for "Gilgamesh in the Outback" and a Hugo in 1990 for "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another". He won the 1951 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo. The April, 1974 issue of F&SF was a special Robert Silverberg issue.

Silverberg has been married twice. First to Barbara Brown, in 1956. In 1987 he married fellow science fiction author Karen Haber.

In 2007, Silverberg was elected president of FAPA. He ran the (unsuccessful) Virgincon in '65 Worldcon bid. He was one of the coiners of the indispensable word "Croggle".

Other Awards and Honors and GoHships:

See his comments on Juanita Coulson's article on fandom in 1953.

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