The Difference Engine by William Gibson

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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 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!”

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About William Gibson

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Williams Gibson was the first author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award also known as the “triple crown” of Science Fiction, on his debut novel Neuromancer. He lives in Canada and continues to write award winning critically acclaimed science fiction.
Published July 26, 2011 by Spectra. 514 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Travel. Fiction
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Set in a Victorian Steampunkish London that takes a turn away from the Tory history of England we know so well, The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling offers up a mixture of fantasy, scientific conjecture, with a little romance and mystery to boot, that feels quite different t...

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