On my last birthday I used the ill-gotten gains from my first published science fiction to purchase a robot.
That sounds like the start of an SF story itself, but it’s true. And it’s also true that as a result my cat Niels has joined me as a fan of Tor.
Finally, a terror-free vacuum cleaner!
(Which sounds like the end of an SF short story, so I’ll leave everything in between as an exercise for the reader.)