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The Difference Engine

Gibson, William

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Difference Engine
1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines.nbsp; Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.nbsp; And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history--and the future: nbsp; Sybil Gerard --a fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator nbsp; Edward "Leviathan" Mallory --explorer and paleontologist nbsp; Laurence Oliphant --diplomat, mystic, and spy. nbsp; Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose.nbsp; Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for.... nbsp; Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today.nbsp; 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: 055329461X
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 429 p. : map ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sterling, Bruce


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Sep 05, 2013
  • silentknfei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 17, 2012

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

Dec 30, 2011
  • Gemininja rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 22, 2011
  • Adzebill rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 09, 2011
  • mattkirkey rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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


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Sep 26, 2009

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


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