The Peripheral (Putnam)
Please welcome to Skylight Books, one of the most groundbreaking authors of our generation, William Gibson!
NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But, because we're expecting a large crowd at this event, we'll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of The Peripheral here at Skylight Books once tickets become available. The tickets will be available starting Tuesday, October 28, the day the book is released. Starting October 28, tickets will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the "Order Comments" field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone starting October 28. Thank you for your cooperation!
The New York Times-bestselling author and "god of speculative fiction" (New York Magazine) returns after four years with The Peripheral, a high-tech thriller set partly in a decadent post-apocalyptic future. The “peripherals” of the title are quasi-human drone bodies, with full tactile feedback, operated from any distance, which have erased any lingering distinction between the Web and the world. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Gibson's award-winning debut novel, Neuromancer, which predicted, via his original concept of “cyberspace”, much of today’s Internet.
Where Flynne and her brother Burton live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.
Praise for The Peripheral
"Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancerand all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It's brilliant." --Cory Doctorow
"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"
William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Liza Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.
Photo by Michael O'Shea