The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

Paperback - 1992
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1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines.  Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.  And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history--and the future:
 
Sybil Gerard --a fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator
 
Edward "Leviathan" Mallory --explorer and paleontologist
 
Laurence Oliphant --diplomat, mystic, and spy.
 
Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose.  Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for....
 
Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today.  Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson's and Sterling's unique visions--and the beginning of movement we know today as "steampunk!"
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1992, c1991.
ISBN: 9780553294613
055329461X
Characteristics: 429 p. : map ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sterling, Bruce

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sat7
Dec 19, 2016

Outstanding work. very good pace enjoyable but intricate read. The authors spent seven years on this and it shows. Great twist in the construction of this novel. Good read

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beardedcanuck
Sep 05, 2013

Can be hard in places to get into the story, but overall a good read.

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anne54
Jul 17, 2012

Great read! alternative history - the difference engine is a stream driven computer designed by Charles Babbage

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Gemininja
Dec 30, 2011

When you want your Victorian steampunk infused anachronistic with the precursors to cyberware, by two of the preeminent minds of Science Fiction.

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Adzebill
Jun 22, 2011

Founding document of the Steampunk movement, which has produced nothing comparable since. Paleontologist hero and a Burgess Shale cameo.

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mattkirkey
Mar 09, 2011

Really difficult book to get into. Couldn't get very far.

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SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

What if Byron caused the Information Age to begin a century early?

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