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William Gibson – Agency

Agency is a forthcoming science fiction novel by William Gibson, to be released on January 21, 2020.

I don’t know about you but I have been a William Gibson fan ever since my father clued me into him when I was a kid. I cannot WAIT until this one comes out. I tried to get an ARC, but to no avail so we’ll just have to wait until the book comes out to review it. BUT an Amazon reviewer was able to get one and I copied his review below.

Agency is a ‘sequel and a prequel’ to his previous novel The Peripheral (2014), reusing the time travel technology from the novel to explore an alternative 2017 where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Presidential election The story line further explores the concept of the “Jackpot”, a back-story element of The Peripheral.

One plot will be set in the alternative 2017, with a young woman named Verity testing a new form of avatar software developed by the military, for a start-up in San Francisco . A second plot line involves people in a post-apocalyptic 22nd Century meddling with 2017.

 The year is 2017, and Verity Jane is a talented “app whisperer” who is hired to test a new artificial intelligence called “Eunice.” Verity soon becomes aware that the AI is quite powerful, something that she hesitates to share with her employers. But she can’t hide for long. While Agency opens in 2017, it is a book with both feet placed firmly in the future—a novel of variable timelines, including one set in London where shady characters can reach back into the past to manipulate Verity’s present. The book is a sequel of sorts to Gibson’s 2014 novel The Peripheral—it is set in the same universe and shares some characters—but it can be read on its own. With its pithy short chapters and mind-bending plot, with the recognizably erudite characters and Gibson-esque language and dialogue, and with the inventiveness of a great science fiction, this is a fun first read of the new decade. Agency will entertain you, but it will also leave you with thoughts to chew on. —Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

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