Almost five years ago (swooosh, time flies by) I was reading Wiliam Gibson’s Neuromancer. I only remember the time because it was what I was reading when I found CompanionBot, who conveniently provided for me the following novels. Sappy? Sappy!
I enjoyed the books, but I haven’t been a dedicated Gibson reader. Still, his upcoming novel The Peripheral looks delicious.
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.
I’m pretty sure this is going to get a high Cool! Shiny!-rating from me. The Peripheral is released on October 28th. (In my region, anyway. I see there’s a November date listed too, but I don’t feel compelled to investigate where/how the different dates apply.)