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The difference engine
Gibson, William
Adult Fiction GIBSON

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Summary: 1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines.nbsp; Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.nbsp; And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history--and the future: nbsp; Sybil Gerard --a fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator nbsp; Edward "Leviathan" Mallory --explorer and paleontologist nbsp; Laurence Oliphant --diplomat, mystic, and spy. nbsp; Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose.nbsp; Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for.... nbsp; Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today.nbsp; 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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