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 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.
Other Awards and Honors and GoHships:
- 1957 — Knight of St. Fantony
- 1968 — Disclave 12, Toastmaster at Baycon
- 1969 — PgHLANGE 1
- 1971 — Toastmaster at Noreascon
- 1974 — Toastmaster at Westercon 27, Jupiter Award
- 1975 — Bubonicon 5
- 1976 — Mancon 5
- 1977 — LepreCon 3, Toastmaster at Suncon
- 1980 — Toastmaster at Noreascon Two
- 1982 — Orycon '82
- 1983 — Fantasycon VIII
- 1984 — Skylark Award
- 1985 — Loscon 12, Forry Award, toastmaster at Norwescon VIII
- 1988 — Westercon 41
- 1993 — New Orleans SF & Fantasy Festival '93
- 1995 — Norwescon XVIII
- 1999 — 25th World Fantasy Convention
- 2000 — Big Heart Award
- 2001 — Swancon 2001
- 2004 — Con-Dor XI, SFWA Grand Master
- 2006 — The Avram Davidson Treasury (edited by Silverberg) was Book of Honor at Potlatch 15
- 2015 — Alfie Award
- 23,309 — Silverberg has agreed to be Toastmaster of the Terminus in 23,309 Worldcon bid should it win.
His website: http://www.robert-silverberg.com/
For more on his career: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/silverberg_robert