Born Andrew Ian Silverberg on March 24, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, he moved to New York City with his mother and brother in 1956 upon the death of his father the previous year. His name was legally changed in 1964 when his mother remarried.
He describes himself as a "convention fan, clubfan, fanzine collector (second largest collection in NYC, after Moshe Feder), fan editor, fan writer, fan historian, Worldcon bidder, and collector (thousands of books, mags), etc."
He became active in fandom in 1960, in NY fan groups including the Lunarians, FISTFA (the Fannish Insurgent, Scientifiction Association) and the Fanoclasts, then hosted by Ted White. In 1960 he had his first news-related column on upcoming paperbacks, printed in James V. Taurasi's Science Fiction Times. He has also been a member of the N3F, British SF Association, LASFS, BCSFA, SFWA, HWA and others.
Fanzines: Algol, including the newszine S.F.Weekly from 1966–68, Convention: Newsmagazine for SF Convention Planners, Degler!, S. F. Critic, Metrofan, Up from Here, South Norwalk, and Monadnock. (Algol was later renamed Starship.) He has been a member of FAPA (Twentieth Century Unlimited), TAPS (Quiescently Frozen), SFPA, APA-F (Degler!), and APA-L.
- 1974 Best Fanzine Hugo for Algol
- 1993 Best Semiprozine Hugo for Science Fiction Chronicle
- 1994 Best Semiprozine Hugo for Science Fiction Chronicle
- 23 additional nominations in the Best Fanzine and Best Semiprozine Hugo categories.
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1977 — Summercon
- 1991 — Special Committee Award for Distinguished Semiprozine Work at Chicon V
- 1992 — Special British Fantasy Award
- 2002 — Norwescon XXV
- 2009 — Big Heart Award (at Anticipation)
He sold Science Fiction Chronicle to DNA Publications in May 2000 and was fired in 2002. In 2006, he was diagnosed with liver bile duct cancer, for which he was operated on successfully in 2007, followed by five months of chemotherapy. He is now cancer free.
In publishing, he was a proofreader and copy editor, was assistant editor on The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from 1966–74, associate editor at the paperback publisher Lancer Books in the late 1960s, and was a trade magazine editor and advertising production manager on such titles as Rudder, Quick Frozen Foods (under editor Sam Moskowitz), QFF International, Construction Equipment, and Electro-Procurement. He was editor/designer/publisher of The Book of Ellison, a hardcover/trade paperback published to honor Harlan Ellison’s 1978 stint as Worldcon Pro Guest of Honor. His other publications, under the Algol Press imprint, are Dreams Must Explain Themselves, by Ursula K. Le Guin, Exploring Cordwainer Smith, Experiment Perilous: The Art and Science of Anguish in Science Fiction (with essays by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Alfred Bester, and Norman Spinrad), and The Fiction of James Tiptree, Jr. by Gardner Dozois. He has sold articles and photos to Publishers Weekly, Omni, and The New York Times. He is a New York City resident.