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The Peripheral by William Gibson
  

The Peripheral

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No one writes better about the future than William Gibson. He almost single-handedly created the 'cyberpunk' genre in which a dizzying noir atmosphere cloaked the unknown beneath a veil of technology gone mad but also created unforgettable characters who literally breathed blood, electronics and metal. His massive new novel returns to the genre with a parallel plot taking place in two separate futures until they converge to form a hardboiled investigation that grips the neurones. A tough but rewarding read in which unknown environments have to be deciphered piece by puzzling piece but which builds into a powerful conspiracy with just that right touch of alienness to keep you disorientated. If these are our futures, they both attract and repel but you can't take your eye off the page as you want to know what comes next. Science fiction comes alive! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like William Gibson you might also like to read books by Chuck Palahniuk, Cory Doctorow and Philip K Dick.

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The Peripheral by William Gibson

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.

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'Superb ... frantic with imagination and frantic with the appetite to see what happens next' -- Ned Beauman, Observer

'What a glorious ride! Like the woman said: brain 'splode' -- Sam Leith, Guardian

About the Author

William Gibson

William Gibson was born in the United States in 1948. In 1972 he moved to Vancouver, Canada, after four years spent in Toronto. He is married with two children.

William Gibson's first novel Neuromancer sold more than six million copies worldwide. Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive completed his first trilogy. He has since written six further novels, moving gradually away from science fiction and futuristic work, instead writing about the strange contemporary world we inhabit. His most recent novels include Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History, his non-fiction collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor, compiles assorted writings and journalism from across his career.

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Maxim Jakubowski's view on NEUROMANCER...
Nearly a quarter of a century after its initial appearance, Gibson’s groundbreaking cyberpunk debut has lost none of its modernity and fascination. Extrapolating the world of the internet and video games culture, an unforgettable vision of a future where data, sprawling cities, artificial intelligences and multi corporations fight an invisible war, as seen through the buccaneering computer jockeys who surf its interfaces.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd April 2015

Author

William Gibson

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Author's Website

www.williamgibsonbooks.com/
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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241961001

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