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."