Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She used to make 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 as 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 his sister taking over shifts, promised her the game's not a shooter. Still, the crime Flynne 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. According to the Guardian, in terms of influence Gibson is 'probably the most important novelist of the past two decades'. The Peripheral, which marks a return to the futurism of Neuromancer, will be adored by Gibson readers and will also appeal to fans of Ender's Game, Looper and Source Code.
Superb . . . frantic with imagination and frantic with the appetite to see what happens next Ned Beauman, Observer
William Gibson wurde 1948 in South Carolina (USA) geboren. Mit 19 wanderte er nach Kanada aus, um der Einziehung zum Vietnam-Krieg zu entgehen und lebt heute in der Nähe von Vancouver. Bekannt wurde er mit seinem 1984 erschienen Roman Neuromancer, der in diesem Jahr alle gängigen SF-Preise erhielt: den Philip K. Dick Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award sowie den Hugo Award. In diesem Buch prägte er unter anderem den Begriff Cyberspace, der noch immer häufig für elektronische Netze wie das WWW verwendet wird, sowie das Subgenre des Cyberpunk und den Begriff der Matrix, welche durch ein globales Informationsnetzwerk gebildet wird, das den Cyberspace ermöglicht.