John M. Ford, called “Mike” by his friends (although the M stood for Milo), was a writer, game designer, lyricist and poet. Web of Angels, his first science fiction novel, was published in 1980 when he was 23, and prefigured the Web years before it came into being. He won two World Fantasy Awards: The Dragon Waiting won best novel in 1984, and “Winter Solstice, Camelot Station” was a poem which won best short fiction in 1989. He was a regular at a Twin Cities play-reading group, and a moderator at Making Light, where he often posted spontaneous verse in the comment threads, to general delight. He passed away in 2006. His work at Making Light is collected here.