“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, bestselling author of Little Brother and Homeland, co-editor of Boing Boing


New York Times-bestselling author William Gibson returns to fiction after four years with THE PERIPHERAL.  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.  He also conceptualized video games and the rise of reality TV long before they became ubiquitous.  After setting his three most recent novels in our science-fictional present, Gibson ventures back the future with a high tech thriller that is also a murder mystery, a provocative social and political commentary, and a far-seeing introduction to the realm of advanced haptics (the science of adding tactile feedback to technological systems).


Flynne, a young woman from a decaying near-future American town, takes a temporary job testing a new computer game, or so she's told. While remotely operating a security drone over a futuristic version of London, she witnesses what she assumes is the simulation of a horrifying murder—or is it real? Soon she finds herself in the 22nd Century, virtually present in a hauntingly beautiful android drone, “a peripheral”, with the fate of her own “past” world depending on her.




William Gibson is the 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. Neuromancer was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. He is also a recipient of the Ditmar, and Seiun awards, as well as the Prix Aurora.  He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.  It is an honor to have him return to The Booksmith.



Reserved seats are available with a pre-order of The Peripheral at The Booksmith. The book arrives on 10/28, but if you pre-order and ask for a seating voucher, you'll receive that with your receipt; you'll pick up your book when you arrive for this talk. Offer good while supplies last! When all seats are reserved, there will be standing room available, and full sound throughout the store.



ISBN: 9780399158445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Adult - October 28th, 2014