Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: May 2014


‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’

Isaac Asimov



Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large.

This month: Another Transition

This is a time of computer transition for me – a rare event, because I’m not someone who trades in his computer for a new model every year or so. Quite the contrary: I am maddeningly, preposterously, insanely retentive when it comes to computers.

I was one of the first SF writers to switch from the typewriter to the computer. I started to investigate that possibility in 1979 – not for writing, because in 1979 I had vowed to stop writing fiction forever, and actually thought I meant it – but for my financial and business records.

Computers in 1979 were pretty primitive things. The Apple II was around then, and various other makes, the Altair 8800, Imsai 8080, Tandy TRS-80, etc. . .


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