Gene Wolfe – intro to The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)
Do you read introductions? I do, and after having read a good many of them, I am sadly aware that most of us who write them do not know what they are supposed to accomplish, which is to enable you to start the stories without embarrassment. Like a social introduction—some friend says, “This is Nina. She likes mint juleps and breeds ferrets,” and you’re off.