The difference engine

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Bantam Books, 1991 - Fiction - 429 pages
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In 1855 London, a steam driven calculator heralds a new age of information as everything from fast food to credit cards turns the Victorian Era into a bizarre modern-day world. "Bursting with the kind of demented speculation and obsessive detailing that has made both Gibson's and Sterling's work stand out in the past".--San Francisco Chronicle.

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I keep being told this was a classic, and the standard by which other steampunk novels are judged. I honestly don't see how. As a wannabe-writer, one of the pieces of advice I've been given that is ... Read full review

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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

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About the author (1991)

William Gibson is credited with having coined the term acyberspace, a and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed.

Bruce Sterling is the author of the nonfiction books Tomorrow Now and The Hacker Crackdown, as well as the novels Distraction, Holy Fire, Heavy Weather, and Islands in the Net. With William Gibson he co-authored the acclaimed novel The Difference Engine. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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