Spider Robinson


Spider Robinson Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Although born in the United States, Spider has been living in Canada for the last 30 years (as of 2006); in 2002, he became a Canadian citizen, while keeping his American citizenship as well.

    • In July, 2004, Spider performed at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, held in Courtenay, B.C.

    • Spider is part of the jury that decides who will be the recipients of the Heinlein Awards, given out annually.

    • Spider refers to his guitar as "Lady MacBeth".

    • In 2003, Spider was the Toastmaster at TorCon, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    • In June of 1999, after years of smoking, Spider quit, and has remained smoke-free since.

    • On December 5, 2000, Spider released a CD called Belabouring The Obvious which includes four original songs by Spider as well as tracks of him reading portions of his novel Callahan's Key.

    • Spider Robinson won the 1983 Hugo Award for "Best Short Story" for his story Melancholy Elephants.

    • In 1977, Spider's novel Callahan's Crosstime Saloon was named "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association.

    • In 1977, Spider Robinson won the Pat Terry Memorial Award for Humorous Writing, given by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation.

    • In 1977, Spider Robinson won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for "Best Novella" for his short story Stardance.

    • In 1976, Spider Robinson won the Hugo Award for "Best Novella" for his story By Any Other Name, which he later expanded into the novel, Telempath.

    • In 1992, Spider was the Toastmaster at the WorldCon in Orlando Florida, where the annual Hugo Awards are awarded.

    • Spider and his wife were guests at I-Con in Long Island, held in the Spring of 2006.

    • In 1974, Spider Robinson won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author.

    • In 1955, Robert Heinlein wrote an outline for a book to be called Variable Star, but never completed it. The outline was found with his papers after his death, and Spider Robinson was chosen by Heinlein's estate to complete the novel. It will be released on September 19, 2006.

    • Both Spider and his wife have been invited to the White House to dine with First Lady Laura Bush as part of the 2006 Library of Congress's National Book Festival on September 29th, 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Spider: Now that I finally have the time for it, this websurfing stuff turns out to be as interesting and fun and addictive as you've all been telling me. Zipping from link to link, chasing an idea across the noosphere, sucking up information like a killer whale — way cool.

    • (regarding the state of space exploration, part of his Toastmaster Opening remarks for TorCon in 2003)
      Spider: The day Apollo 11 landed, I knew men would walk on Mars in my lifetime. I'm no longer nearly so sure. The last budget put forward in Canada contained not a penny for Mars.

    • (regarding his 2001 trip to Amsterdam)
      Spider: I hadn't come for the coffeehouses... or the music, or the notorious Red Light District, or even the ganja. I live in BC. I came to see Amsterdam. I wanted to know what a city that tolerates pot and prostitution and considers junkies treatable sick people is like.