Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson
Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne Robinson at the 2004 Necronomicon.
Spider Robinson with wife Jeanne Robinson at the 2004 Necronomicon.
Born (1948-11-24) November 24, 1948 (age 70)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, US
OccupationAuthor
GenreScience fiction

Spider Robinson (born November 24, 1948) is an American-born Canadian science fiction author.

Early life and education

Robinson was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York.[1] He attended a Catholic high school, spending his junior year in a seminary, followed by two years in a Catholic college, and five years[2] at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the 1960s,[3] earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at Stony Brook, Spider earned a reputation as a great entertainer at campus coffeehouses and gatherings, strumming his guitar and singing in harmony with his female partner.[1]

In his 20s, he "spent several years in the woods, deliberately trying to live without technology."[4] In 1971, just out of college, he got a night job guarding sewers in New York City.[5] He wrote his first published science fiction story, "The Guy with The Eyes", to get out of that job.[5] In 1975 he married Jeanne Robinson, a choreographer, dancer, and Sōtō Zen monk,[6] who co-wrote his Stardance Trilogy. They had a daughter, Terri Luanna da Silva, who once worked for Martha Stewart.[7]

According to Robinson, he had always been known as "Robbie", a contraction of his last name, until he became sick of it, feeling "it was kind of a juvenile name for a college man."[8] He asked his friends for a new first name, and they came up with "Spider", though each for a different reason.[8]

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