The Peripheral

The Peripheral

Gibson, William

language: English

Publisher: Penguin

Publishing date: Oct 1, 2014

Words: 125719
Pages: 472


Flynne Fisher lives in rural near-future America where jobs are scarce and veterans from the wars are finding it hard to recover. She scrapes a living doing some freelance online game-playing, participating in some pretty weird stuff. Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things though are good for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the distant past can be real badass. ** ### Review “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 “From page one, *The Peripheral* ticks and sings with the same controlled, dark energy and effortless grace of language...Like the best of Gibson's early, groundbreaking work, it offers up the same kind of chewy, tactile future that you can taste and smell and feel on your skin; that you *believe*, immediately, like some impossible documentary, because the thing that Gibson has always been best at is offering up futures haunted by the past.”—NPR **More Praise for William Gibson** “His eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen.”—*The New Yorker* “Like Pynchon and DeLillo, Gibson excels at pinpointing the hidden forces that shape our world.”—*Details* “William Gibson can craft sentences of uncanny beauty, and is our great poet of crowds.”—*San Francisco Chronicle Book Review* “Gibson’s radar is deftly tuned to the changes in the culture that many of us are missing.”—*Milwaukee Journal Sentinel* ### About the Author **William Gibson**’s first novel, *Neuromancer*, won the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and the Nebula Award in 1984. He is also the *New York Times *bestselling author of *Count Zero*, *Mona Lisa Overdrive*,* Burning Chrome*, *Virtual Light*, *Idoru*, *All Tomorrow’s Parties*,* Pattern Recognition*, *Spook Country*, *Zero History*, *Distrust That Particular Flavor*, and *The Peripheral*. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.