Robert Gryn was born too old, and immediately out of place in the middle of communist Poland. He spent his youth colored by that country’s gray cities and empty sentiments. Early on, he found solace in works of fiction, and was soon drawn to those that extolled the fantastic and impossible. The possible just seemed so unremarkable among the harsh concrete and unrealized dreams of the last days of communism.
As a small child in Poland with an un-Polish first name, he was destined for far shores from the very start. Before long, his family immigrated to Austria and then eventually to America. Coming from the survival culture of communism, where an American dollar meant black market chocolate, it wasn't the supermarkets that amazed him. It was the libraries, comic book stores, and movie theaters that drew him in with their promises of raw possibility.
Robert attended Columbia University where he studied too many subjects, ranging from computer programming to mythology. After graduating, he worked for a number of years in consulting. His efforts there centered on learning the unique languages of each client; the businessman, the lawyer, the programmer, the executive. All the while, he searched for the right voice for the dreams that haunted him in every turn of the eye, every clever phrase, every puddle of water reflecting unknown skies.
His first work, Fields of Rust, is inspired by the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata. Set at the cold end of the universe, human stubbornness, heroic cycles, and mutable causality all play a role in the final conflict to be fought with bare hands and impossible war machines. The story continues in book two, The Light of Murder, and the third volume, The Infinity of Roads.