Ken passed away on April 21, 2009. He’d been a friend for over twenty years, one of the most talented writers we’ve ever known, though his very creative science fiction stories never got the attention we thought they deserved. His novel, PAX DAKOTA, is one of our favorites. Ken was one of those rare people who come into your life and you know beyond a doubt that the world is better because of them. He was an optimist, thoughtful, and really fun to be around. He was also one of the bravest people we’ve known. He spent the past fifteen months on a TPN through a hickman line set in his chest twelve hours a day. When he knew it was time, he simply went off the TPN. He made the choice, not someone else. Eight days later, his spirit was free to wander all the wonderful realms he’d created over the years. We’re going to miss you, Ken. Mike and Kathy