After suffering through the stresses of a thyroid malfunction and a major house fire, Silverberg moved from his native New York to the West Coast in 1972, and announced his retirement from writing in 1975. In 1980 he returned, however, with Lord Valentine's Castle, a panoramic adventure set on an alien planet, which has become the basis of the Majipoor series;— a cycle of stories and novels set on the vast planet Majipoor, a world much larger than Earth and inhabited by no fewer than seven different species of settlers.
Silverberg received a Nebula award in 1986 for his novella Sailing to Byzantium, which takes its name from the poem by William Butler Yeats; a Hugo in 1987 for his novella Gilgamesh in the Outback, set in the Heroes in Hell universe of Bangsian Fantasy; a Hugo in 1990 for Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another. He is a 1999 inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and in 2004 he was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Silverberg has been married twice. He married his first wife, Barbara Brown, in 1956. The couple separated in 1976 and divorced a decade later. Silverberg married science fiction author Karen Haber in 1987. The couple resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2007, Silverberg was elected president of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association.
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