Agency (novel)

2020 novel by William Gibson / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Agency is a science fiction novel by American-Canadian writer William Gibson, released on January 21, 2020.[1]

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AuthorWilliam Gibson
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBerkley Books
Publication date
January 21, 2020
Preceded byThe Peripheral 

It is a 'sequel and a prequel'[2] to his previous novel The Peripheral (2014), reusing the technology from the novel to explore an alternative 2017 where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Presidential Election.[2] The story line further explores the concept of the "Jackpot", a back-story element of The Peripheral.

One plot is 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.[2][3]

CBC Books listed Agency on its list of Canadian fiction to watch for in spring 2020.[4] It had originally been planned to be published in January 2018.[2]