With the release of his much-anticipated novel The Peripheral about a month ago, William Gibson has been making the rounds to promote the work—but not all media appearances are equal. Last week Gibson stopped by Toronto and sat down for a conversation with Hazlitt’s The Arcade, a “podcast of smart interviews and gorgeous sound” and the exchange that ensued between the astute science fiction author and host/producer Anshuman Iddamsetty is quite brilliant. Rather than obsess over details of the recent work Gibson and Iddamsetty tease out a much broader conversation about the plasticity of ‘the future’, and how that flickering inkling means different things at different moments.
It’s a pleasure to hear Gibson think on his feet and ruminate on some of the first principles of worldbuilding and the materiality of time. Here, he responds to a query about architecture and memory: