Soon: Chapter 5: Frisco

As I began Chapter 5, I started to think that maybe I would be able to dispense with it in one post.  Then I realized that, just like the guns, I will be much too fascinated with my loyal readers’ reactions to Jenkins’ Atheistopia’s San Francisco.

And, also as with the guns, it will undoubtedly be enlightening for me, as I have never been to the city.

Paul touches down at San Francisco International to meet his contact for the raid on the old lady’s house.  This is as close as I’ve ever gotten to San Francisco:

Paul’s contact is an ex-Navy SEAL named Larry Coker (Rarely Rock).  But we’ll get to him.

[Paul's] favorite city had grown from around seven hundred thousand people to more than a million during his lifetime alone.

The first thing Jenkins tells us about the cities Paul visits is their population.  I personally can’t find myself caring all that much.  It might be interesting if it had something to do with a population explosion after the war.  But SF was not hit by that massive tidal wave.  But Jenkins does tell us that certain landmarks were destroyed, so…it’s confusing.

He took a cab north on 101, which now ran seven lanes in both directions…

Oh, and we later learn that cars of the future regularly and safely travel at one hundred miles per hour.  I’m serious.

The glass O-shaped Pacifica Life & Casualty Building was a marvel, and the side-by-side regional and municipal centers–one shaped like an infinity symbol and the other replicating an ankh–drew photographers from all over the world.

Remember, folks, even in Atheistopia, the only real religion is Real True Christianity.  All the rest are just playing and pretty symbols.

More about Atheistopian San Francisco:

[Paul and Larry] took 101 south, and when they got near the rebuilt Fisherman’s Wharf, Coker began pointing out all the areas of interest, from the memorial to the destroyed Maritime Museum to the fully computerized interactive Fort Mason, and from the holographic Art Institute to the historic Cable Car barn.

To Paul, a city located between the Pacific Ocean on the west and San Francisco Bay on the east needed no promotion.  It had once consisted of forty hills and now was made up of twenty.

Coker takes Paul to dinner at Smyrna’s Sole Emporium.

Paul was a steak man, but he enjoyed fish, especially in San Francisco.

Of course Paul is a steak man.  All true-blue, all-United Seven States of American, tall, witty ladies’ men are, you know.

The thing about San Francisco is, I’m a bit surprised that it’s Paul’s favorite city, given its history of liberalism and gay activism.  Then again, I figure Jenkins does not intend his RTC readership to share Paul’s adoration, as the city will be the location of Paul’s first acts of Christian persecution.

Oops.  Hope I didn’t give anything away.  :D

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Posted on February 17, 2011, in Books, Soon. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. “Smyrna’s Sole Emporium.”

    Oh, Jenkins, how I love your playful subtlety!

    I don’t want to spoil anything, but pleasepleaseprettyplease that Paul of Tulsa gets zapped in the eyes by a laser pointer while shopping for fabrics at Damasks ‘R’ Us…

  2. “The glass O-shaped Pacifica Life & Casualty Building was a marvel, and the side-by-side regional and municipal centers–one shaped like an infinity symbol and the other replicating an ankh–drew photographers from all over the world.”

    What? How? And, for that matter, why!? Maybe he means that their footprint is O- infinity- or ankh-shaped, but I have the mind-boggling feeling he means that the buildings – as you look at them – are those shapes. Otherwise, why would they draw photographers? We’re not told anything else unique or interesting about them that might explain it.

    I’m getting more and more impressed with the technologies of atheistopia.

  3. If you’ve going to San Francisco
    Be sure to hide a pistol in your hair
    ‘Cause when you’re going to San Francisco
    You mean to kill some gentle people there

    The idea of being a “steak man” seems pretty strange to me. I haven’t had a favourite food since I was a kid.

    Did Paul have to show his internal passport to cross into Pacifica? (It would be a cheap enough way to show “woo, repression”, even if the people who want internal passports today tend to be the far-right.)

    I am inclined to agree that the ankh, in particular, would have to be banned in a world trying to get away from religious symbolism. Whatever would the goths do?

    depizan, modern materials are pretty close to being able to do big unsupported structures already – but generally people want to use the whole land area they’ve bought, so mostly they stick to fairly conventional skyscraper designs. I must admit, though, that I probably wouldn’t choose to develop something like this in an earthquake zone…

    • It’s the combination of them being in an earthquake zone – either they’re really irresponsible or those are some impressive future building materials – and how incredibly awkward those buildings sound to navigate internally. Especially the infinity symbol one.

  4. Come to think of it, how did San Francisco KEEP its name? The English equivalent is St. Francis, after all. A world fleeing in horror from all things religious would want to fix something as glaring as THAT, yes?

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