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978-0-553-29461-3 / 055329461X

The Difference Engine

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Publisher:Bantam Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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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 historyand the future:
 
Sybil Gerarda fallen woman, politicians tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator
 
Edward Leviathan Malloryexplorer and paleontologist
 
Laurence Oliphantdiplomat, 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 Gibsons and Sterlings unique visionsand the beginning of movement we know today as steampunk!

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