Authenticity, anti-vaxxers, and the rise of neoprimitivism

In William Gibson’s new work of time-travel speculative fiction, The Peripheral, there’s a back-and-forth between a woman named Flynne, who is from our near future, and Wilf, who lives in an alternate future 70 years further on. At one point Wilf expresses surprise that Flynne’s people still catch colds and fight infection with antibiotics. In his 22nd century, Wilf says, the only people who get sick are people who do so deliberately, as a form of status-seeking.

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