I would like do dedicate this book to all those who helped me.
Anne, without whom there would be no book, and also no Pern! Thank you for your warmth and support, and for your endless patience answering all those questions, and working with me until we got everyone right.
Bill and Jody, for giving me my first chance to work with Anne, and for all your help with this project (especially the transcript).
Stan and Bev, for being willing to do this book.
David and Jean, my editors, for your help and understanding.
Stacia, Zack, Melody, Lee, Skip, Tay, Stephan, Leslie, Thanos, Gerri, Lovey, Jason and Elric, for posing for me. Notably Stacia, "Miss Pern 1988," who posed for all but two of the females, and whose face appears (slightly altered) only as Corana; and Zach, who posed for most of the males, and is Brand. Thank you all, I couldn't have done it without you.
Rhymer, Jim, Carol, Fritz, the Bungaloids and all the other fen that I have talked to at the conventions, for your enthusiasm and support, not to mention visits and meals when I was trapped in the studio.
And lastly, and most importantly, to my housemates, Elisa and Stephan, for putting up with long hours, my snappishness, the times that I got discouraged, and an apartment full of Grumtine, and returning stories, backrubs, and boundless faith in my abilities. You kept me on an even keel, and I can't thank you enough.
Thank you, as well, to all of you who are buying this book. I hope you enjoy owning, reading and looking at it as mch as I enjoyed painting it- for I did truly enjoy it, all those fourteen-hour days notwithstanding. I think you, my cats thank you, and my landlord thanks you!