Amazon Prime have sneaked one of William Gibson’s newer cyberpunk/science fiction books into TV series form… The Peripheral. This one is set in a near-future collapsed world economy, to start with, which feels a little bit too real given how things are going.
The protagonist of The Peripheral is Flynne Fisher (actress Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman living in a remote area of America in the future who is struggling to put her damaged family back together. Flynne is intelligent, driven, and doomed. She is doomed. till the future starts to beckon her. The Peripheral is a hallucinogenic peek into the future of humanity—and what lies beyond—from scifi writer William Gibson.
Flynne Fisher lives in the rural American South, working at the local 3D printing shop, while earning much needed extra money playing VR games for rich people. When she puts on a headset one night, she suddenly finds herself in a future London, a city that is alluringly different from her own hardscrabble life and is elegant and intriguing.
Flynne starts to understand that this isn’t a virtual reality game; rather, it’s reality, and it’s unlike any game she’s ever played. Seventy years in the future, someone in London has managed to unlock a portal to Flynne’s realm. London is hazardous in addition to being tremendously alluring. Her presence here unleashes evil forces—forces out to eliminate Flynne and her family in her home world—as she investigates who linked both worlds and for what reason.
Streaming on Prime Video on October 21st 2022.