Many thanks to the following:
Sean Wallace of Prime Books, who not only gave me the opportunity to edit my first original anthology, but saved me the hassle of having to pitch it to him.
Also at Prime: Stephen Segal, who offered up the initial concept for the book and did all the design work that made the finished product look so pretty.
If I were Spider-Man, Gordon Van Gelder would be that radioactive spider that imbued me with my superpowers. Okay, that might be overstating the case a bit, but before I went to work for him, I was just your average SF-writer geek, and now I’ve got books with my name on them.
Beth Wodzinski, and the other folks behind Shimmer Magazine, who perhaps helped pave my road to editing original anthologies by showcasing my talents as the guest editor of their bloodthirsty pirate issue.
Jenny Rappaport, agent extraordinaire, for selling that first anthology, and for helping me keep the ball rolling. Also, for dog-sitting.
Jack Kincaid, for his friendship and for his feedback, and also for putting together that frickin’ sweet book trailer for the anthology.
The NYC Geek Posse—consisting of Christopher M. Cevasco, Douglas E. Cohen, David Barr Kirtley, Andrea Kail, and Rob Bland, among others (i.e., the NYCGP Auxiliary)—for giving me an excuse to come out of my editorial cave once in a while.
Contributors Jeremiah Tolbert and Blake Charlton, who both provided some tremendously useful feedback on a variety of anthology-related topics, and, of course, for writing me such awesome stories.
And thanks too to the rest of the writers who appear in this book–you guys made my job pretty easy.
—John Joseph Adams