Spider Robinson biography

Since he began writing professionally in 1972, Spider Robinson has won 3 Hugos, a Nebula, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and numerous other awards. Twenty-five of his 33 books are still in print, in 10 languages. His short work has appeared in magazines from OMNI and Analog to Xhurnal Izobretatel i Rationalizator (Moscow), and in numerous anthologies. His most recent books are Very Bad Deaths [Baen Books], and The Crazy Years [BenBella].


The Usenet newsgroup alt.callahans and its many internet offshoots, inspired by Robinson's Callahan's Place series, are said to constitute one of the the largest non-porn networks in cyberspace.


Robinson was born in the Bronx, New York in 1948, and holds a Bachelors degree in English from the State University of New York. He was book reviewer for Galaxy, Analog and New Destinies magazines for nearly a decade, and his op-ed column "Future Tense" has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, since 1996. In 2001 he released Belaboring the Obvious, a CD featuring original music accompanied by guitar legend Amos Garrett.


He has been married for over 30 years to Jeanne Robinson, a Boston-born writer, choreographer, former dancer, and teacher of dance and the Alexander Technique; she was founder/artistic director of Halifax's Nova Dance Theatre during its 8-year history. Jeanne is now writing, producing and choreographing a short film called "Stardance," derived from The Stardance Trilogy [Baen], the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award-winning novels abut zero gravity dance she co-authored with Spider, for possible premiere at Robert Heinlein's centennial celebration in 2007.