The Persistence of Dreams

by Meriah Crawford, Robert Waters

It is 1636: five years after a West Virginia town from the year 2000 arrived in Germany in a flash of light and altered the course of history. Now, down-time master artist Daniel Block is troubled. No mention or proof of his name or life work, of which he has long been proud, made it through the Ring of Fire; it’s as if he never existed. What can a talented and proud artist like him do, to make sure this new world remembers him long after he’s gone?

Daniel develops a plan to make himself one of the greatest artists the world has ever known, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to see his dreams fulfilled. Even if it means risking himself, his wife, and his children.

Intent on changing his own history, Daniel journeys to Grantville to learn about these Americans and their wild and outrageous art forms. But while there, he runs afoul of the up-timers’ strange attitudes—and the law. What follows upends seventeenth century art, threatens the emperor, and changes Daniel and his family forever.

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About the Authors

Meriah Crawford

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford is an associate professor of research and writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a private investigator, writer, and editor. She has published short stories in several genres, a novella, essays, a variety of scholarly work, and two poems, and co-edited the anthology Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue. Meriah has also co-written several stories, as well as the novel The Persistence of Dreams, with Robert Waters.

Meriah has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program, and a PhD in literature and criticism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Her work as a private investigator, spanning over fifteen years, has included investigations of shootings, murders, burglary, insurance fraud, auto accidents, backgrounds, counterfeit merchandise, patent infringement, and missing persons.

For more information about her work, including articles about writing, visit her website at www.meriahcrawford.com, or connect on Twitter:
@MeriahCrawford or Facebook: www.facebook.com/meriah.crawford.


Robert Waters

Robert E Waters is a technical writer by trade, but has been a science fiction/fantasy fan all his life. He's worked in the gaming industry since 1994 as designer, producer, and writer. In the late 90's, he tried his hand at writing fiction and since 2003, has sold over 50 stories to various on-line and print magazines and anthologies, including the Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's online magazine dedicated to publishing stories set in the 1632/Ring of Fire series. Robert is currently working in collaboration with Charles E Gannon on a Ring of Fire novel titled, 1636: Calabar's War. Robert has also co-written several stories, as well as the Persistence of Dreams, with Meriah L Crawford, and The Monster Society, with Eric S Brown.

He has also written in several tabletop gaming universes, including Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy series and in the Wild West Exodus weird tech/steampunk universe. He has also dabbled a bit in Warlord Games' Beyond the Gates of Antares milieu, writing about assassins and rescue missions.

Robert currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, their son Jason, and their precocious little cat Buzz.

For more information about his work, visit his website at:
www.roberternestwaters.com


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