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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wishanem - LibraryThing
I kept picking this book up and putting it down for 3 months. I enjoyed the setting and many elements of the stories, but the aggregate failed to hold my interest. This book consists of three ... Read full review
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This is one of my first forays into steampunk and it did take me a while to get into this novel -- but once I did, I enjoyed it. This novel creates a Victorian England where industrialism and an ... Read full review