The Difference Engine (Google eBook)
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!”
From the Paperback edition.
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Review: The Difference EngineUser Review - Jim - Goodreads
Sometimes it *really* pays to re-read a book. I wasn't very impressed when I first read this book. My favorite character at the time vanished with about forty pages left, and I didn't find the end ... Read full review
Review: The Difference EngineUser Review - Markus - Goodreads
This was a tough book to rate. On one hand it was quite original, the language and scenery were beautiful and the alternative take on history was very interesting and well thought. On the other hand ... Read full review