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