A thrilling dystopian novel imagining a world where Trump lost the election, from the master of science fiction
San Francisco, 2017. In an alternate time track, Hillary Clinton won the election and Donald Trump's political ambitions were thwarted.
London, 22nd century. Decades of cataclysmic events have killed 80 per cent of humanity. A shadowy start-up hires a young woman...more
I’m shocked, simply shocked, that a writer would possibly think that the world was put on a disastrous course in 2016. Of course, this is William Gibson we are talking about, the very man who coined the term cyberspace, so nothing is as ...more
This tedious William Gibson novel is clearly a William Gibson novel: it has the effortless prose, the vivid (if occasionally inaccurate) imagery, the geek-culture namedrops, the characters who are outsiders to power and the mainstream. What it doesn't have much of is a plot, and what the characters don't have much of, by irony that may or may not be unconscious, ...more
Gibson's spare, barbed-wire prose is in full effect here, for good and ill. I find the writing at times too ...more
This is split between a future and present time-line and it is not until the latter half that the reader gets an understanding of how the two interact. I enjoyed the story far more once this was clear. The former part was also littered with confusing ...more
In fact, for a great deal of this novel, it's just a fun ride with an AI and a lot of time spent with drones. The AI is NOT your average superpower, but an uploaded mind/AI hybrid based on ad-hoc technologies designed to be a normal, average APP. :) Of course, when the App gets alpha-tested, it slips its leash and the rest, as they say, is ...more
As modern AI (artificial intelligence) novels go, this one is quite good (and slightly less aspirational than, say, some of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers stuff, although I also recommend that stuff without hesitation). And, as ...more
In a book titled Agency, the protagonist Verity seems to have very little of it. She spends the whole book being sent from place to place.
Eunice is interesting but largely absent for large chunks of the story.
Those critiques aside, I would still recommend this book to fans of The Peripheral, and I ...more
Later: It must be odd to be William Gibson. Society, and technology, has more or less arrived at a point that he wrote about as futuristic during his early career; he’s now indelibly known as a science fiction writer, but Agency—though it has all of the trappings of a ...more
This was my first (and most likely last) novel by William Gibson. Which is a big disappointment, as I was very much looking forward to this Sci-Fi story, adding it to my “most anticipated of 2020” immediately after I heard it was coming out this January.
After attempting it twice and reading as far as 21% of the book, I had to put it down because I suddenly lost the ability to understand words. William Gibson’s writing felt confusing and incoherent, like a collection of random words.
And I may need to re-read this too. In my rush to get through it, I may have missed bits of connective tissue, but it doesn't feel like it really hangs together. There's a lot of scheming and running around, but I often felt that the actions didn't quite line up with the motivations. A lot of Wait, why are they doing that?
The first half of Agency introduces a number of characters across a world set in the present time (albeit an alternate history) and a future world (which ...more
In this case, (view spoiler)[an AI shuttles an ostensible protagonist, the impotent Verity Jane, back and forth ...more
I’m really happy with this book. It is an expansion of the Peripheral, book one of the series, with several of the same characters from three different parallel universes. The story is fun but also dramatic; adventurous and thrilling; and silly and thought provoking. It reminds me of the funnest aspects of Neuromancer and that first cyberpunk trilogy. The pacing got a little bit slow in the middle and the plot a little bit lost, but the last quarter of the book is simply super-cool. Highly ...more
I guess he wrote a whole book just to toast Hillary at the end? Cool.
Two stars because I still like the Big Stub stuff.
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies ...more