And for the dead as well...
John W. Campbell, Jr. who taught me to write stuff
August W. Derleth who was always interested
Clark Ashton Smith who dreamed strange, infectious dreams
Seabury Quinn who cared as much for his friends as they did for him
Edmond Hamilton a wonderful man who liked the Well
Ron Ellik who should have lived to see this
H. Beam Piper who was never too busy
and to those two incongruous, ghostly specters, H.P. Lovecraft and Stanley G. Weinbarum, who have haunted this field since before I was born.