Preparation of this volume was made possible by a Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship from the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and from grants from the UNL English Department and the Center for Great Plains Studies. I’d like to thank the following faculty members at UNL for their encouragement and suggestions: Stephen Behrendt, Robert Stock, Laura White, Guy Reynolds, Franz Blaha, Stephen Hilliard, and department chair Joy Ritchie. I thank the English Department’s office staff for valuable assistance with paperwork, copying, and all those other intangibles. Grateful acknowledgment for research and technical assistance also goes out to the following librarians: Gene Bundy from the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University; Kathie Johnson, Kate Cain, Paul Myers, and Carmella Orosco from UNL; the staff at the Nebraska State Historical Society; the Spencer and Watson Libraries at the University of Kansas; and Kim Jorgenson at Lincoln City Libraries for her diligent work in uncovering facts relating to Breuer’s biography. Further thanks to my editor, Elisabeth Chretien, for answering questions along the way and for her enthusiasm for this project. I’d also like to thank the science fiction greats: the late Jack Williamson for an encouraging e-mail as this project got underway, and James Gunn for the hours he spent visiting with me at his office and over lunch (and the numerous e-mails since) at the University of Kansas where he shared his editorial insights. I’d like to recognize my father, Monte, and my brother, Kevin, who have always served as sounding-boards for my ideas and projects. Finally, to my wife, Susan, who has to listen—and listens well.