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Agency: THE DYSTOPIAN SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF… (utgåvan 2020)

av William Gibson (Författare)

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""One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (The Boston Globe) returns with a sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. "Eunice," the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don't yet know this, instinctively decides that it's best they don't. Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His employer, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner. And something else too: the roles they both may play in it"--… (mer)
Medlem:mcuquet
Titel:Agency: THE DYSTOPIAN SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE PERIPHERAL
Författare:William Gibson (Författare)
Info:Viking (2020), 416 pàgines
Samlingar:Granollers
Betyg:*****
Taggar:lang:en, autors nord-americans, Literatura anglesa, Novel·la, Ciència ficció, Segle XXI

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In a 22nd Century dystopian Great Britain a semi-clandestine group uses some unspecified means to reach back into alternative pasts, so-called ‘stubs’, where the multiverse has split away from the existing timeline, to attempt to affect events to deliver better historical outcomes or to avert disaster. In one of these ‘stubs’, a 2017 where Hilary Clinton is US President, Verity Jane is employed to assess a new digital assistant called Eunice. It appears that Eunice is an incredibly capable AI newly independent from her makers who someone wants to see destroyed. All this against a backdrop of potential nuclear catastrophe with the Russians over the war in Syria.

William Gibson writes immersive, no-holds-barred fiction where the reader has to hold on and learn to swim pretty quickly or get drowned in the acronyms, asides and oblique references that are used to describe the future/alternate worlds. He reminds me a lot of Elmore Leonard with his bare-knuckle pessimism over the the use of power and authority and the moral and actual corruption it brings in its wake.

Most of the book is taken up with Verity running from her assassins aided by her friends from the future and a network of helpers set up and directed by Eunice. The ending is a very disappointing they-all-lived-happily-ever-after.

Agency contains a number of great ideas, many of which deserve a book of their own, but most of these are allowed either to fizzle out without any analysis or consideration, or are entirely irrelevant to the progress of the central story. I constantly found myself wanting to know more about some incidental technology, new social norm or political development and being frustrated by the rather mundane chase narrative.

The future has been affected by a catastrophe called the ‘jackpot’, a confluence of scientific, political, social and climate disasters that has left the world with a massively depleted population, but extraordinarily high levels of technology. That one of these pivotal world-shattering events is Brexit says more about Gibson’s world today than his world of tomorrow. ( )
  pierthinker | May 4, 2021 |
middle novel in the trilogy called Jackpot (or earlier, Stub). first contact with a true artificial intelligence, in more than one (alternate) universe, working out from 2016-2019 with one political change, in the context of our current technology. read like a caper, but with not a lot of momentum building to a climax - perhaps a problem of too many characters to give proper attention to, combined with not enough resolution in the end. reads like Gibson engaged, though, so i look forward to the conclusion of the trilogy. ( )
  macha | Feb 21, 2021 |
Some very interesting ideas, but long stretches in the middle where not a lot happens. The ending kinda fizzles and it all ties up a bit too neatly for my taste, especially given the premise and universe(s) the characters inhabited. It was still enjoyable, on the whole. Will I read the sequel? Likely. Gibson has it in him to explore some interesting topics in this universe. ( )
  SpookyFM | Jan 18, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book, for sure. But I read The Peripheral a few years ago and there were enough details I couldn't quite remember that took away from knowing what the heck was going on here. Probably the main criticism I would have here is that not a lot actually happens! Lots of discussion between characters with (literally) different points of view about who is where and doing what; some amount of acquiring hardware, quite a bit of detailed moving from place to place, but not too much narrative arc or character development. Maybe The Peripheral was like that, but I remember it as having a lot more "story" and "plot" type of stuff. ( )
  steveportigal | Jan 4, 2021 |
Yeah, shrugging, I don't know. Not bad, not super great either. A solid read, with a nice story and that's it. Very likely I will forget everything in a view months I like I completely forgot about the first book.

If there is nothing else to read, then yes, else put it back for some other time ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
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From his beginnings in 1984’s Neuromancer, Gibson has offered the struggle for agency as an unacknowledged, quietly devastating war – fought by hackers, gig economy workers, off-gridders and their networks – against the algorithm, against the manipulation of our needs, our personal information and our appetites, by big data and gangster capital. If he was “prescient” back then, he’s right on the ball now, when it’s so much harder to believe in those loose human associations he imagined in the 1990s, whose combination of technical nous and cultural know-how enabled them to quickly distinguish the real from the sucker fantasy.
tillagd av melmore | ändraThe Guardian (Feb 22, 2020)
 
But there's no boom. His bomb ticks and ticks, then hangs there, suspended between hope and catastrophe, because his stories these days are all about highly competent people being brought together to solve a problem — drawn in like rays inevitably converging, arriving just before everything explodes. His conflicts are intellectual, occasionally solved by the swift application of overwhelming violence, but more often seeing victory come as the natural result of more intelligent systems processes; through more effective usage of human capital and resources. And the good guys win simply because they are smarter and geekier and just so much cooler than the bad guys could ever hope to be.
 
Regardless of Gibson’s shifting ratios of glee to cynicism, he can always be counted on to show us our contemporary milieu rendered magical by his unique insights, and a future rendered inhabitable by his wild yet disciplined imagination.
 
Someone else might’ve made this fresh and clever, but from this source, it’s an often dull and pointless-seeming retread.
tillagd av melmore | ändraKirkus Reivews (Nov 10, 2019)
 

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""One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (The Boston Globe) returns with a sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. "Eunice," the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don't yet know this, instinctively decides that it's best they don't. Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His employer, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner. And something else too: the roles they both may play in it"--

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