The Peripheral

Notes on The Peripheral (2014), a novel by William Gibson.



Chapter 30 (Hermès):

Netherton extended his hand. The peripheral took it. Its hand was warm, entirely handlike.

Chapter 42 (Body Language):

Ash, earlier, had explained that peripherals, when under AI control, looked human because their faces, programmed to constantly register changing micro-expressions, were never truly still. In the absence of that, she’d said, they became uniquely disturbing objects. Flynne was now providing the peripheral with her own micro-expressions, a very different effect.


Chapter 4 (Something So Deeply Earned):

She smiled, displaying teeth whose form and placement might well have been decided by committee.

Chapter 26 (Very Senior):

She smiled, revealing expensively imperfect teeth.