When The Daedalus Incident was finally out in bookstores last August, I did a post listing the acknowledgements as printed in the book, as well as an update; if you remember, getting Daedalus out the door was a rather memorable process, and I wanted folks to know they were appreciated. So with past as precedent, I thought I’d publish my acknowledgements for The Enceladus Crisis as well, because there’s lots of people who helped with this book as well, and they deserve a shout out.
The printed acknowledgement is below, with a few updates coming right after that.
There was a time when the first book in this series, The Daedalus Incident, was in jeopardy of never getting published – which means you might not have The Enceladus Crisis in your hands now. Thankfully, in late spring 2013, Night Shade Books completed the sale of its assets to Skyhorse Publishing and Start Media, which published Daedalus; Skyhorse then agreed to let me continue writing in the Known Worlds. Needless to say, there are a lot of people to thank for that.
Tony Lyons of Skyhorse and Jarred Weisfeld of Start Media purchased those Night Shade assets and made Night Shade an imprint of Skyhorse and Start. And that meant I got to see The Daedalus Incident and this book out on the shelves. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and particularly Mary Robinette Kowal, looked out for the interests of Night Shade authors during some difficult times. And of course, the crew at the old Night Shade deserves credit for making the sale happen as well. Thank you all for your hard work.
I also want to thank all the folks in the SF/F community for all their support for this series. Hats off to John DeNardo, Patrick Hester, Paul “Prince Jvstin” Weimer and the whole SFSignal crew, Stefan Raets and the Tor.com gang, the folks at io9.com, Justin Landon, Abhinav Jain (Shaila’s great-great-grandpa, apparently), the Skiffy and Fanty crew and so many others. And thanks also to so many authors who lent me their digital space to talk about my work, including Mary Robinette Kowal (again!), John Scalzi, Anne Lyle, J.M. McDermott, Heather McCorkle, Bryan Thomas Schmidt and my beer-kin, Chuck Wendig. Also, a shout-out to my agency brethren, Michael R. Underwood and Jason M. Hough, for the kind words and encouragement. Really, the whole SF/F community of authors, reviewers and readers has been very welcoming, and I greatly appreciate it.
The team at the new Night Shade imprint has been fantastic to work with. My thanks to Jason Katzman for agreeing to let me play more in this nifty sandbox, to Cory Allyn for excellent editing, and to Ardi Alspach and Lauren Burnstein for yeoman’s work on the publicity front.
For this book, I enlisted a couple of beta-readers to help me make sure I was on the right track, and they delivered in a huge way. Many thanks to Andrew Montgomery and Dan Hanks for their excellent feedback. It’s a better book because of them.
I want to give a special thank-you to my agent Sara Megibow, who negotiated contracts for The Daedalus Incident twice during the transition, then turned around and did a fantastic job on the sale of this book and its forthcoming sequel. And she did it all with great humor and grace. I salute your awesomeness.
And then there’s my incredible wife, Kate, and our amazing daughter, Anna. Thank you both for all the love and encouragement. You make the journey worthwhile.
Finally, there are all the folks out there who embraced The Daedalus Incident and are reading this now. Thanks for letting me tell these stories.
The path to publication for The Enceladus Crisis was a lot easier this time around, so there are fewer updates to make here. However, I really want to thank Django Wexler for not only agreeing to read the book early on, but also for saying such great things about it for the cover. Django is an excellent author, and you should be reading his stuff.
I also want to thank reviewers Paul Weimer and James Floyd Kelly for making their reviews available early so we could get them on the back cover. We had no idea Publishers Weekly was going to do the same, but we’re awfully glad they did.
Finally, a huge thanks to artist Lauren Saint Onge for her fantastic cover. It’s just gorgeous. I hope we get to work together again!