Award-winning science-fiction author Robert Silverberg turns eighty today. One of the few remaining authors with work that appeared in pulp magazines, Silverberg’s first professionally published story was “Gorgon Planet” for NEBULA in February 1954. Within two years, his work was found in a wide array of science-fiction magazines and he was named “Most Promising New Writer” by Hugo Award voters in 1956.
Robert Silverberg worked for the Ziff-Davis writing stable, creating copious amounts of fiction for AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC as well as competitors such as IMAGINATION, IMAGINATIVE TALES, and SUPER-SCIENCE FICTION. Much of his early fiction appeared behind a variety of pen names including Ivar Jorgenson, Calvin M. Knox, and Eric Rodman. During this period, he also collaborated with Randall Garrett, producing fiction as Robert Randall, Gordon Aghill and Ralph Burke.
Winner of multiple awards, including the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards, Silverberg received the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2004. PulpFest would like to take the opportunity to wish Robert Silverberg the happiest of birthdays in this, his eightieth year. Thanks for the stories.