(covers information from an alternate timeline)
Melanie was a young woman from the mid-25th century in an alternate timeline who aspired to become a writer. One of her heroes was Jake Sisko, whom she had been introduced to the works of through a friend, who recommended Anslem to her. She was always curious why he stopped writing after his Collected Stories anthology was published.
In 2450, she sought out her idol at his home near New Orleans one night to ask him about this. Jake proceeded to regale her with the tale of how he abandoned his writing career and devoted his life to saving his father, who had been pushed out of normal space in an accident decades earlier and had reappeared briefly before Jake numerous times.