Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Rory Harper joins Eat Our Brains

Guitar Hero, digital music maven, and writer Rory Harper (author of Petrogypsies and numerous short stories) said, "Yeah, I guess I can come up with at least one post a week if you won't publish the pictures."

Rory is Family (the kind you get to choose) and I couldn't be more delighted he's joining us.

(Help me clean up before he gets here.)
(picture from Bradley Denton's site: at a Two-Headed Baby gig.)

So, Rory and I were each published for the first time in 1980 (him in March in Asimov's and me in September in Analog). But we met each other at a convention in Houston after each of us had sold but before the works themselves had come out. We were at the same stage in our career--first sale, not in print, not eligible for active membership in SFWA yet. Larval writers.

So, he's beat me into print by five months but I got my revenge in 1985. A story I'd pubbed in '84 called "Rory" (about a savant with Down's Syndrome) was shortlisted for the Hugo. People kept coming up to him and saying, "Hey, I hear your name's on the Hugo Ballot."

In return he said to me, "Ah, well, you peaked early."

1 comment:

Laura J Mixon said...

For a minute there, I thought you said "Rory Harper eats our brains." That would be just like him.