||This one’s for Gena and Lindsey,Without whom I would never havesurvived to get it written.
|At All Costs
||For Richard Andrew Earnshaw1951-2005After forty years of shared laughter, love, and tears,It’s hard to let go. But it’s time.So fly, Richard.Wherever you are,Wherever God takes you,Fly high.I love you.And for Edward Omondroyd,Purveyor of fine wonders for the young,With deepest thanks.
|Off Armageddon Reef
||For Fred Saberhagen, whose work has brought me – and so many others – so much pleasure. It’s always nice when someone whose work you like so much turns out to be even more likeable as a person.And –For Sharon, who loves me, puts up with my insane schedule, helps me remember which day of the month it is, knows just about everything there is about swimming, and has been known to suggest a three-hanky scene or two to me along the way.Not that I’m saying she did it this time.O, my, no!I love you.
|1634: The Baltic War
||To Anna Lou Ballew McQuade
||For Sharon, always. Because with her on my side,I can face the multiverse head-on.- David For David and Aubrey, who keep me smiling, And for Bob, always, for his endless technical assistance. I couldn’t whiff or trace without him.- Linda
|Hell Hath No Fury
||For Megan, Morgan, and Mikey Paul,who put up with their Dad.See? I really was working on something!- David WeberFor David and Aubrey, Bob and Susan,And all the people who keep me goingWhen the going is rough.- Linda Evans
|By Schism Rent Asunder
||This one is for Sharon. Well, they all are, really, and I don’t usually do public love letters, but this year is an exception. Thank you for marrying me all over again. I love you.
|Storm from the Shadows
||Always for Sharon.
|Out Of the Dark
||For Fred and Joan Saberhagen.Friends and inspirations, in more than one way.I hope you like Basarab, Fred!
|Midst Toil and Tribulation
||To Sharon, of course!