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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 055329461X, Mass Market Paperback)A collaborative novel from the premier cyberpunk authors, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine takes us not forward but back, to an imagined 1885: 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.
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The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time - in the High Victorian age. The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam-driven cybernetic engines, is in full swing. Great Britain, with the benefit of this new technology, prepares to better the world. In London of 1855, celebrated paleontologist Edward Mallory gets mixed up with Charles Babbage, the inventor of an advanced calculating machine run by his elite group of clackers
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