William Gibson‘s highly-anticipated new masterpiece, AGENCY is out now in the UK! The follow-up to the acclaimed THE PERIPHERAL, it is a gripping thriller set in an alternate present. Published in the UK by Viking, here’s the synopsis…
San Francisco, 2017. Clinton’s in the White House, Brexit never happened — and Verity Jane’s got herself a new job.
They call Verity ‘the app-whisperer’, and she’s just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas.
Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she’s ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid – which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there – and fixing it will require not only Eunice’s unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future.
A future which Verity soon fears may never be…
Publishers Weekly said of the novel that ‘Cyberpunk fans looking to dive into the “what-if’s” of an alternate timeline will be as enraptured as ever by Gibson’s imagination’. We’d also recommend you read THE PERIPHERAL, which is out now, published by Penguin.
Of course, we also recommend you check out Gibson’s classic Neuromancer series, published in the UK by Gollancz. The first in that series is also available as a SF Masterworks special edition. If you’re looking for even more William Gibson content (who isn’t?), then we’d also recommend this New Yorker profile of the author, which was published in the December 16th, 2019, issue of the magazine.
Zeno represents William Gibson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Nell Pierce at Sterling Lord Literistic.