Roderick Geiger, the author of this philosophical science-fiction thriller, is a journalist by training and trade, having worked for many years on a small-city daily and as a teacher of broadcast journalism.
Geiger commuted from southern California to southern Oregon for work. He made this 650-mile trip some 50 times, often in the middle of the night, cruise-control set for 80. Not wanting to waste these many hours on mindless driving, Geiger spent the time productively, writing this novel (or rather thinking about it, then stopping briefly to jot notes, because writing while driving is, or should be, against the law).
So it is no mistake that the first "Afterimage" character you meet is a small-city journalist.