It was then that I looked below to see which books were below me in the top five. Jules Verne's Mysterious Island was at #3. I remember reading that novel when I was a teenager. It is one of my favorite books from someone I consider a master of the genre. Seeing that was humbling indeed. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, etc. (as any reader of Predation will acknowledge) were my after school mentors in fiction. They shouldered the heavy load and inspired those who followed. They were the pathfinders and my inspiration. They showed me that it was possible. For that, I am eternally thankful.
To take sole credit for placing in the #1 sci-fi book slot would be arrogance personified. Lynn, Christine, Imogen and Predation editor Rosemary all assisted me with advice or assistance. There were many others in the various writing groups I subscribe to as well. When you are starting out, you blindly stumble until you come upon a friendly hand who steadies you. The path becomes easier after that.
To paraphrase Rockefeller; If I seem to be a big man, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants.