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Penguin: Berkley & NAL Trade Fall 2017

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By (author): William Gibson
9781101986936 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Technological Sep 03, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 1.25 in 496 pages Berkley
“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, out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire, 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, seeing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know this, instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.

Meanwhile, a century ahead, in a fundamentally altered London, the result of a timeline in which Hillary Clinton didn’t become president, 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 may play in it.

Story Locale: future-San Francisco and London

William Gibson was born in the United States in 1948. In 1972 he moved to Vancouver, Canada, after four years spent in Toronto. He is married with two children. He is the author of numerous novels, including The Peripheral, Pattern Recognition, and Neuromancer.

Author Residence: Vancouver, Canada

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Praise for William Gibson

“His eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen.”—The New Yorker

“William Gibson can craft sentences of uncanny beauty, and is our great poet of crowds.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“Like Pynchon and DeLillo, Gibson excels at pinpointing the hidden forces that shape our world.”—Details

“Gibson’s radar is deftly tuned to the changes in the culture that many of us are missing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Gibson writes like he’s spent years embedded in a shadow world that touches everyone though very few know it exists.”—San Antonio Express-News

“Gibson’s work is all edge and chill and incipient panic…There’s not a speck of filler, not a hint of anachronism. Just sleek, high-gloss, hand-tooled cool…His worlds are so striking, so plausible, that you’re just happy to be along for the ride—until suddenly it hits you: Maybe you’re being followed.”—Chicago Tribune

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