The Peripheral (Hardcover)
Berkley Books, 9780399158445, 496pp.
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's trying to avoid. Her brother Burton lives on money from the Veterans Administration, for neurological damage suffered in the Marines' elite Haptic Recon unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She made more as a combat scout in an online game, playing for a rich man, but she's had to let the shooter games go.
Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things are pretty good now, for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. Wilf, a high-powered publicist and celebrity-minder, fancies himself a romantic misfit, in a society where reaching into the past is just another hobby.
Burton's been moonlighting online, secretly working security in some game prototype, a virtual world that looks vaguely like London, but a lot weirder. He's got Flynne taking over shifts, promised her the game's not a shooter. Still, the crime she witnesses there is plenty bad.
Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, irrevocably, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the past can be badass.
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Praise For The Peripheral…
Praise for The Peripheral
"Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It’s brilliant." —Cory Doctorow
Praise for William Gibson
“To read Gibson is to read the present as if it were the future.” —The New York Times “Gibson’s radar is deftly tuned to the changes in the culture that many of us are missing.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working.” —The Boston Globe “Like Pynchon and DeLillo, Gibson excels at pinpointing the hidden forces that shape our world.” —Details