On April 17, 2004, Robert Silverberg was named a "Grand Master" by the Science Fiction Writers of America at the Nebula Awards banquet in Seattle Washington.
Early in his career as an author, Robert moved into an apartment building in New York and met Randall Garrett, another author who introduced Robert to many editors. Also living in the building was Harlan Ellison, yet another young author.
Robert married his first wife, Barbara Brown, in 1956. She was an Electronics Engineer. They were married for thirty years, until their divorce in 1986.
Robert majoredin Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and graduated in 1956.
Robert is an only child.
In 2001, Robert was awarded a retroactive Hugo Award as "Best Fan Writer" (1953).
His story Enter A Soldier. Later: Enter Another won the Hugo Award in 1990 for "Best Novelette" and was nominated in that same category for the Nebula Award in 1989.
Robert's story Gilgamesh In The Outback won the 1987 Hugo Award for "Best Novella" and was nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award in that same category.
Robert's story Sailing to Byzantium won the 1985 Nebula Award for "Best Novella" and was nominated for a Hugo in 1986 in the same category.
Robert's story Born With The Dead won the Nebula Award in 1974 for "Best Novella" and was nominated for a Hugo Award in that same category in 1975.
Robert's short story, Good News From The Vatican won the Nebula Award for "Best Short Story" in 1971.
Robert won the 1971 Nebula Award for Time Of Changes in the "Best Novel" category; it was also nominated for a Hugo Award in that same category in 1972.
His short story Passengers won the 1968 Nebula Award for "Best Short Story" and was nominated in that category for the 1970 Hugo Award.
His novella Nightwings won the 1969 Hugo Award for "Best Novella" and was nominated for a 1968 Nebula Award in the same category.
Robert's novel Thorns was nominated for both a 1967 Nebula Award and a 1968 Hugo Award, however, didn't win either.
Robert married his second wife, Karen Haber, in 1987.
In 1955, Robert Silverberg won a Hugo Award as "The Most Promising New Author". He was just 21 when he received this, and is the youngest author ever to win this award.
(about being awarded the title "Grand Master")
Robert I feel no false modesty about it. I worked long and hard and well for 50 years, and probably did write a lot of important and influential science fiction that led my fellow writers to deserve the award. And I'm not going to disagree with them! Yes, I'm awed and stunned to be elevated to the group of writers who so shaped me as boy; on the other hand, I feel I've done what needed to be done to take my seat among them.
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