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Spider Robinson (born November 24, 1948 in New York City) is a Canadian science fiction writer. Jump to: navigation, search 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne at the 2004 Necronomicon.
Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne at the 2004 Necronomicon.

His pen name may be attributed to his slender build as a youth as well as his public admiration of Minneapolis-based musician Spider John Koerner. Robinson has lived in Canada for the past 30 years (primarily in the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia) and as an author, he is a Hugo and Nebula award winner. He also worked as a book reviewer for the Galaxy science fiction magazine during the mid- to late 1970s and later contributed book reviews to the original anthology series Destinies. In 1996–2005, he served as a columnist in the Op-Ed section (and briefly in the technology section) of the Globe and Mail. In 2004, he pronounced himself "overjoyed" to begin working on a lengthy 1955 novel outline by the late Robert A. Heinlein in order to expand it into a novel, thus making it a collaborative effort. The book will be titled Robert A. Heinlein's Variable Star and has been completed, waiting for publication in late 2006. Image File history File links Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne at the 2004 Necronomicon. ... Image File history File links Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne at the 2004 Necronomicon. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... Spider John Koerner (born August 31, 1938 in Rochester, New York) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit (One defends and the other conquers) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax [[Lieutenant-Governor of Nova scotia AlternateName =|Lieutenant-Governor]] Myra Freeman [[Premier of Nova scotia AlternateName =|Premier]] John Hamm (PC) Area 55,283 km² (12th... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Splendour without diminishment) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Area 944,735 km² (5th) • Land 925,186 km² • Water 19,549 km² (2. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... The Globe and Mail is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ... Jump to: navigation, search Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ...


Robinson is also an admirer of mystery writer John D. MacDonald. Lady Sally McGee from the Callahan's series is apparently named in honor of Travis McGee, the central character in MacDonald's mystery novels. The lead character in Lady Slings The Booze frequently refers to Travis McGee as a role model. In Callahan's Key the patrons make a visit to the marina near Fort Lauderdale where the Busted Flush was usually moored in the McGee series. Similarly important to Robinson is writer Donald E. Westlake. John Dann MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986), writing as John D. MacDonald, was an American writer best known for his series of detective novels featuring protagonist Travis McGee. ... In the fictional universe of Spider Robinson, Callahans Place is a bar with strongly community-minded and empathic clientele. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... Donald Edwin Westlake (born July 12th, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York), is a prolific American writer, with over a hundred books, specializing in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional bit of science fiction. ...


His first published novel, Telempath (1976), was an expansion of his Hugo award-winning novella "By Any Other Name". The first edition had cover art by 'Powers'. The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ...


Robinson's style may be described as humanistic and humorous. He has frequently encouraged a positive attitude towards world issues, claiming that a pessimistic world view will help pessimistic results. Frequently in his writing, the conflicts center around a science fiction issue with a human solution, following Theodore Sturgeon's definition of a good science fiction story. Jump to: navigation, search Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985) was an American science fiction author. ...

Contents


Science fiction novels

Telempath (New York: Berkley, 1976)
Night of Power (1985)
The Free Lunch (2001)
Very Bad Deaths (2004)
Robert A. Heinlein's Variable Star (2006)

Telempath (1983), by Spider Robinson, is a science fiction novel set in a dystopian near-future in which human cities have fallen into ruin and the population has been sharply reduced. ... Easily Spider Robinsons worst novel, Very Bad Deaths concerns a man who teams up with his college roommate and an off-duty police officer to stop a serial killer. ...

The Deathkiller Trilogy

Mindkiller (1982)
Time Pressure (1987)
Lifehouse (1997)

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The Stardance Trilogy

written in collaboration with his wife, Jeanne Robinson

Stardance (1979)
Starseed (1991)
The Star Dancers (1997) (omnibus edition of Stardance and Starseed)
Starmind (1995)

The Callahan's Series

Callahan's Place
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (1977)
Time Travelers Strictly Cash (1981) (contains several non-Callahan's stories as well)
Callahan's Secret (1986)
Callahan and Company (1988) - (omnibus edition of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, Time Travelers Strictly Cash, and Callahan's Secret)
The Callahan Chronicals (1997) - (retitled republication of Callahan and Company)
Lady Sally's
Callahan's Lady (1989)
Lady Slings the Booze (1992)
Kill the Editor (1991) - (an excerpt from Lady Slings the Booze, published in a special edition)
Mary's Place
The Callahan Touch (1993)
Callahan's Legacy (1996)
The Place
Callahan's Key (2000)
Callahan's Con (2003)
Off the Wall at Callahan's (1994) - (a collection of quotes from other books in the series)

In the fictional universe of Spider Robinson, Callahans Place is a bar with strongly community-minded and empathic clientele. ...

Short story collections

Antinomy (1980)
The Best of All Possible Worlds (1980) - (collection of works by other authors edited and introduced by Robinson)
Melancholy Elephants (1984 - Canada; 1985 - United States)
True Minds (1990)
User Friendly (1998)
By Any Other Name (2001)
God Is an Iron and Other Stories (2002)
The Crazy Years (2004) - (a collection of his articles for the Globe and Mail)

Jump to: navigation, search The Globe and Mail is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ...

Discography

Belabouring the obvious (2000)

Awards

The John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer in Science Fiction is awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... Telempath (1983), by Spider Robinson, is a science fiction novel set in a dystopian near-future in which human cities have fallen into ruin and the population has been sharply reduced. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ...

External links

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References

  • Robinson, Spider. Telempath (New York: Berkley, 1976) ISBN 0399117962

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Spider Robinson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (560 words)
Spider Robinson (born November 24, 1948 in New York City) is a Canadian science fiction writer.
Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne at the 2004 Necronomicon.
Robinson has lived in Canada for the past 30 years (primarily in the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia) and as an author, he is a Hugo and Nebula award winner.
Locus Online: Spider Robinson interview excerpts (850 words)
Spider Robinson's debut story, "The Guy with the Eyes" in 1973, was the first of his ongoing, humorous "Callahan's Place" time travel stories set in a bar.
Robinson won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1974, a Hugo Award in 1977 for novella "By Any Other Name", and the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for novella "Stardance" (1977) co-written with wife Jeanne.
Robinson plays guitar, and is a popular performer and toastmaster at SF conventions.
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