The City, Not Long After is a novel set in a future San Francisco. Half a generation before the novel takes place,a plague wiped out all but one in one thousand. The city is inhabited by artists, and they are transforming it with art and imagination. San Francisco is a haunted, dreaming place, peopled with memories. Invaded by an army from Sacramento, the artists fight back, using art as their weapon of choice.
Pat reads from Chapter Three, introducing one of the book's main characters.