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Agency by William Gibson
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Agency is contemporary alternate history that suggests the singularity is almost pretty much here--it just sucks for everybody except the billionaires.

It's also a book that puzzles me. That is, once you get past the Gibson-ness of it (which is on par with the best and most timely of what that can be), what is it trying to say? Is he being acidly satirical about his humanist, somewhat ethical, somewhat subversive/resistant characters or actually holding out just a bit of hope.

Also: Trump casts quite a shadow over it/behind it. I can't decide if that's makes it timely and interesting or if it has had too much of a warping effect on the narrative.

And: I'm also not sure what Gibson is doing with Agency in relation to The Peripheral. Is he really trying to make the characters from the previous book a bit more sympathetic in this book? If not, then why are the POV characters set up the way they are?

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January 26, 2020 – Shelved
January 26, 2020 – Shelved as: science-fiction-and-fantasy
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