Pat Murphy is an American author known for her works in the science fiction and fantasy genres. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1955.Murphy's most notable works include the novel "The City, Not Long After," which takes place in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and the novel "The Falling Woman," which explores the relationship between archaeology and ancient myths.Murphy's writing is known for its imaginative world-building, strong female characters, and exploration of themes such as history, mythology, and the nature of reality. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1991 for "The Falling Woman."In addition to her writing, Murphy has also worked as an editor and a teacher. She continues to write and publish new novels and stories, and her works are enjoyed by fans of science fiction and fantasy around the world.