“The Peripheral”: Future London with Giant (spoiler alert)

October 30, 2022

Spoiler Below:

The Peripheral is a series based on the book by William (Neuromancer) Gibson, set partly in a future version of London.

The big statues are, it turns out (spoiler) carbon capture devices. (according to the most recent episode. Things, of course, could change)

Ok, not that big a spoiler, it’s (so far) incidental to the plot, just another feature of dystopian London circa 2100.
If you’re done with “House of Dragons”, not a bad place to go.

From Google:

What is William Gibson’s jackpot?

Gibson’s last book, The Peripheral, introduced the “Jackpot”, a cascade of global catastrophes that wipes out much of the human race, along with an ingenious take on time travel that allows digital communication – including telepresence – across alternate timelines.


6 Responses to ““The Peripheral”: Future London with Giant (spoiler alert)”

  1. jimbills Says:

    Best sci-fi show currently running, not even close, is ‘For all Mankind’ on Apple TV.

    • neilrieck Says:

      Is a show about the manned space program “sci-fi”?

      • jimbills Says:

        It is when you’ve seen the show.

        • neilrieck Says:

          That site also refers to “Russian Doll” and “Severance” as sci-fi which is a stretch (zero science in the fiction of “Russian Doll” after I watched two seasons). Back to “For All Mankind” for a moment. I did know that Ronald D Moore (writer for Star Trek: TNG and writer producer for “Battlestar Galactica”) was behind it but that the show’s premise involved what the world would be like if the USA had not cancelled Apollo-18 forward. Am I wrong?

          • jimbills Says:

            It starts from the scenario that Russia beats America to the moon in 1969. Then it follows action to reaction in a continuous and logical manner to build a fascinating alternative history (almost to the current time), with great characters, exciting plots, and thoughtful ideas. It’s a bit like ‘The Martian’ in that a dominant theme is how people get past catastrophic scenarios. It’s not typical sci-fi in that there are no bug-eyed aliens or fantasy futuristic landscapes, but it is “science fiction”. I like ‘The Expanse’, too, and I’m a huge sci-fi fan, but ‘For All Mankind’ is much better than anything else I’ve seen currently running.

            I will watch ‘The Peripheral’.

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