The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

William Gibson, Bruce Sterling


The twentieth anniversary version of the vintage steampunk novel
With new observation through the authors
 
1855: the economic Revolution is in complete swing, powered via steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the pc age arrives a century sooner than its time. 3 remarkable characters race towards a rendezvous with the long run: Sybil Gerard—fallen lady, politician’s tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward “Leviathan” Mallory—explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant—diplomat, mystic, and undercover agent. Their experience starts with the invention of a field of punched Engine playing cards of unknown beginning and objective. playing cards anyone wishes badly sufficient to kill for.

Part detective tale, half ancient mystery, The distinction Engine took the technology fiction neighborhood by means of hurricane while it used to be first released two decades in the past. This distinct anniversary variation beneficial properties an advent by means of Cory Doctorow and a collaborative essay from the authors on reflection on their production. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, this novel is poised to provoke an entire new generation.

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