I want to thank all my friends who encouraged me to write this book, and who helped me to stay motivated by operating my home electroshock unit when the research wasn't going well. I especially want to thank Linda-Ann Stewart for her help with this book, and so much more. Your love and support made this book possible, and without you this success would mean nothing. I also want to thank my friends Mary Collier, Jennifer McClure, Robin Felicio, Mel Goldberg, Jim Hands III, Karen Hill, Karen Burt, Steve Young, Jirina Dusikova and Ondra Dusik for being there in the good times and the bad.
   Many thanks to my parents, and my sister Lisa.
   I also want to give a special thanks to Ray Bradbury. Your books and stories have been a great inspiration to me in so many ways over the years. Thank you.
   I have gone to great efforts to make this book as accurate as possible.
   Everything in this book is listed in alphabetic order. There are also groupings for related topics.
   These groupings are: Arthurian, Castle, Computer, Creatures, Gods, People, Phobias, Propulsion, Space Dates, Space Shuttle, Stars, Stones, Torture, Weapons and Wilderness Survival. The listings under each group are alphabetic, and each listing in a group is also listed alphabetically in the general dictionary. The groupings are designed to help you find all related terms to a topic that you may be unfamiliar with. There are also tables for: Gods, Manned Space Flight, Planets and Space Walks. A word about mythology. Many gods, goddesses, creatures and locations often have several names. It's not uncommon for a deity to have five different names, sometimes with similar spellings, and sometimes with completely different names, or two different names will be combined. Attributes also vary. One source may say a deity is the god of grain, the next source will say he is the god of grain and agriculture and a third source will say he is the god of war and not mention grain or agriculture. In all of the above cases, I listed the name and attributes that were mentioned most often. What it boils down to is this, mythology is not chiseled in stone, and much of the information from experts in the field is little more than educated guesses. So if my information varies from a source you have, there is a good chance that both are correct. And remember that some cultures have several deities doing the same job. There may be three gods of war, or a god for the fear of war, another for the courage of war and a third for the death occurring during a war. It's all a little confusing and rather flexible, so don't take it to seriously, remember after all, it is mythology.
   Have Fun, Jeff

The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology. 2014.

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