Robert Silverberg was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 15, 1935 to Michael and Helen Silverberg. He was an only child. At an early age Silverberg began writing and by the time he entered his teenage years he was submitting stories to science fiction magazines. His first published novel Revolt on Alpha C was released in 1955. In 1956, he won the Hugo Award for "Most Promising New Author." He was the youngest person ever to receive this award. Simultaneously, Silverberg attended Columbia University where he earned a degree in Comparative Literature in 1956. Upon graduation, Silverberg became a full time writer. For a brief period of time, Silverberg took a break from writing science fiction and dabbled in other genres including nonfiction in the area of pre-history, archeology, and exploration for both adults and the young adult audience. In addition to writing nonfiction, he wrote a number of soft-core pornography novels under the pseudonym Don Elliot and Elliot. By the mid-1960's, Silverberg returned to the science fiction scene when Frederik Pohl, the editor of Galaxy, convinced him that the science fiction audience had changed and a new more literate kind of story would sell. His major works released during this time include Nightwings, Dying inside, Tower of glass, Thorns, Downward to the Earth, The book of skulls, and Shadrach in the furnace. He also wrote a number of short stories which received much acclaim including Sundance, Born with the dead, Caliban, and In Entropy's jaws. During Silverberg's career, he wrote over 60 novels, 10 books in the Majipoor series, 22 short story collections, 52 nonfiction works, and 16 anthologies. He has written under various pseudonyms: Walker Chapman; Ivar Jorgenson; Calvin M. Knox; David Osborne; Robert Randall; and Lee Sebastian. Silverberg has served as the President for the Science Fiction Writers of America and was the American guest of Honor at the 28th World Science Fiction Convention in Heidelberg, Germany in 1970. He has won the Hugo award three times, the Nebula award five times, the Locus award nine times, the Prix Apollo, and the Jupiter award. Silverberg has written for various magazines and Ace Doubles. Since 2007, he has served as President of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association.
Currently, Silverberg resides in San Francisco, California with his wife, science fiction writer Karen Haber. In his spare time he likes to garden and raise fuchsias and cacti. He also enjoys traveling and is interested in contemporary literature and music, as well as, medieval geography.
Scope and Content
The Manuscripts series is arranged alphabetically by author and title. The manuscripts include a selection of Silverberg's literary works, mostly dating from 1973-1995. Included in this series are: novels, anthologies, short stories, novellas, essays, articles, book reviews, interviews, pilot scripts, galley proofs, page proofs, and confirmation proofs. Most of the manuscripts in this series are typed and appear to be close too, if not, the final revision. Some of Silverberg's works found within this series include: Born with the dead, Capricorn games, Galactic dreamers, Gilgamesh the king, How they pass the time in Pelpel, The Nebula awards, New dimensions 2, 6, 7, and 8, Nightwings, Revolt on Alpha C, Sundance and other science fiction stories, and Time gate volume two: Dangerous interfaces. This series also includes manuscripts by other authors, most notably Isaac Asimov, A.A. Attanasio, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, C.J. Cherryh, Ellen Datlow, Tom DeHaven, Samuel R. Delany, Gordon R. Dickson, L. Ron Hubbard, Wolfgang Jeschke, Marc Laidlaw, H.P. Lovecraft, Janet Morris, Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson, Charles Sheffield, S.P. Somtow, Bruce Sterling, Theodore Sturgeon, Harry Turtledove, Jack Vance, and Dave Wolverton. There is also a biography of Philip K. Dick and a copy of his last interview. Some of the manuscripts are too large to be stored with this series and have been placed in oversize boxes 80-89.
The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by author and dates from 1954-1992. The series consists of letters regarding Silverberg's professional dealings in relation to his writings and his business relationships with publishing companies. Publishing Companies found within the series include the following: Arbor House Publishing Company, Ballantine Books (firm), Chilton Book Company, Crowell- Collier Press, Donald I. Fine, Doubleday, Doran and Company, Harper & Row Publishers, Macmillan Publishing Company, Random House (Firm), Scott Meredith Literacy Agency, and Thomas Y. Crowell. Also found within this series are letters from fellow science fiction authors and editors including Isaac Asimov, Forrest J. Ackerman, Thomas D. Clareson, John Kilian Houston Brunner, Richard Curtis, Jack Dann, Gerry de la Ree, Judy-Lynn Del Rey, Howard DeVore, Phyllis Eisenstein, Alex Eisenstein, David Gerrold, Horace Leonard (H.L.) Gold, Martin H. Greenberg, James E. Gunn, Wolfgang Jeschke, Wallace Macfarlane, Steven E. McDonald, Sam Moskowitz, Frederik Pohl, Marta Randall, Charles C. Ryan, Ivan Terence Sanderson, Michael Conner, Susan Wood, Günther M. Schelwokat, S. P. Somtow, Bob Tucker, Bruce McAllister, George Slusser, Bud Webster, James W. Wiggins, and Sidney Zion. In addition, there is a small amount of fan mail. The Ephemera series is arranged alphabetically and the materials in the series date from 1958-1984. Within the series are book covers from Silverberg's novels, a science fiction reading list for a course taught during the summer of 1976, indexes to science fiction and fantasy magazines, miscellaneous notes, programs from conventions, proofs of illustrations from Amazing Science Fiction, science fiction newsletters, and trade catalogs.
The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Manuscripts (Boxes 1-52); 2. Correspondence (Boxes 53-78); 3. Ephemera (Box 79); 4. Oversize (Boxes 80-89). Related papers here at the Huntington include: Papers of Philip K. Dick, 1967-1977, Letters to Doubleday and Co., 1959-1975, and Letters to editors at Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965-1975.