Born in NYC, Spider Robinson’s published 33 books and countless short stories since 1973, winning 3 Hugo Awards, a Nebula, the John W. Campbell Award For New Writer, and other awards; he was invited by the First Lady to the 2006 National Book Festival. In 2006 he completed VARIABLE STAR, based on a 1955 outline by Robert Heinlein. The online Callahan’s community, inspired by his books, is the largest non-porn cybernetwork. A singer/guitarist, he has recorded with David Crosby, Amos Garrett, and other legends. His op-ed columns appeared in Canada’s national newspaper for many years, and he’s reviewed SF for Analog and Galaxy. He lives near Vancouver.