Rick Gauger

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First Published SF Story

Posted on | May 12, 2010 | No Comments

If I’m not mistaken, “The Vacuum-Packed Picnic” was the first one of my stories to get printed, even though “Hotwire” was sold first. I offered it to Analog first, but they didn’t want it. Imagine my thrill whenOmni bought it in April 1979! Me, a nobody, published in Omni!  And they paid me $900, a large sum in those days.  My original title was No Picnic, which I still think is better, but Omni wanted it their way. I got a highly flattering letter from a reader. Readers, if you read something you like, please send a note saying so to the author. The writer’s life is often depressing and lonely, and they need all the support we can give. Terry Carr bought it to reprint in Best Science Fiction of the Year 1979.  All this was healing for my self-esteem, which was at rock-bottom after seven years of futile efforts to start a new career.

Read “The Vacuum-Packed Picnic” now!

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