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A Meeting at Corvallis: Prologue

       Last updated: Monday, November 28, 2005 21:11 EST




    Thanks to my first readers:

    To Steve Brady, for assistance with dialects, and saving me from a couple of embarrassing faux pas about home-brewed beer and other things—as the saying goes, it ain't what you don't know that'll kill you, it's what you think you know that ain't so. Sample the Real Ale for me!

    Thanks also to Kier Salmon, for once again helping with the beautiful complexities of the Old Religion, batting ideas on how it might develop in this (thankfully!) alternate history back and forth, giving me first-hand reports and pictures of Oregon locations, coming up with the great idea about the ox, and other nifty ideas.

    To Dale Price, for giving me help with Catholic background, and some excellent suggestions.

    To all of them for becoming good, if long-distance, friends.

    To Bob Noonan, for help with Gaelic, the which I cannot speak. But dèan crónán cupla barraí agus cuirfidh mé bréagriocht air.

    To Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Emily Mah, Terry England, George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, and Laura Mixon-Gould of Critical Mass, for constant help and advice as the book was under construction. And heck, they were already friends.

    Special thanks to Heather Alexander, bard and balladeer, for permission to use the lyrics from her beautiful songs which can be—and should be!—ordered at Run, do not walk, to do so.

    Special thanks to Kate West, for her kind words and permission to use her chants.

    Special thanks... am I overusing the word?... to William Pint and Felicia Dale, for permission to use their music, which can be found at and should be, for anyone with an ear and salt-water in their veins.

    Thanks again to everyone from the author of Amadis of Gaul on down. Writing is a solitary occupation, but we aren't alone!

    All mistakes, infelicities and errors are of course my own.



    To Harry Turtledove; true gentleman, wise scholar, fine writer, good friend, and inspiration to us all. We need all the kalos k'agathos we can get.

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