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DEDICATION

To my webmaster, cybrarian Karen Zimmerman,
who wasn't the model for Adele Mundy,
but might have been if I'd met her sooner.
(Of course, we'd have to work on her pistol shooting.) 


 


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 


I guess one could say "the usual suspects" by this point.


Mark L. Van Name and Allyn Vogel took care of the series of computer events. (Did you know that files can become cross-linked on your hard drive? Well, at any rate, they could on mine.)


Dan Breen continues in curmudgeonly excellence as my first reader. There could be no better person for insights and scholarship.


When I'm working, I take up a lot of room and am frequently less than cheerful. I'm working most of the time. My wife, Jo, sticks with me; I really appreciate the fact.


AUTHOR'S NOTE 


I'm using English and Metric weights and measures throughout Lt. Leary, Commanding, as I did in With the Lightnings. I wouldn't bother mentioning this, but the decision seems to concern some people. I'm doing it for the same reason that I'm writing the novel in English instead of inventing a language for the characters of future millennia to speak.


I'd like to note for those who're interested that the orders in Chapter Nine are a close paraphrase of those which sent the frigate USS Congress to Hawaii in 1845. Here as elsewhere, I prefer to borrow from reality rather than invent it.


David Drake 


david-drake.com


When the skies are black above them,
and the decks ablaze beneath,
And the top-men clear the raffle with
their clasp-knives in their teeth. 


—Rudyard Kipling


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