If you haven’t already seen the new adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 novel “The Peripheral” on Amazon Prime. Apart from the disappointing non-fiction parts, it’s a lot of fun.
The story takes place a few years from now in the rural south, where our young heroine Flynne is traversing the bottom rungs of the digital economy. One of her spurs is landing a contract as a paid virtual-reality gamer, which leads to her being hired by a shadowy corporation to beta-test a new game in a believably realistic futuristic metropolis. It turns out that she has arrived in London about a century in the future after the Earth-shattering “Jackpot” in a catastrophic set.