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The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling


London. The city swelters in a poisonous heat wave, the pollution almost an element through which Londoners must struggle. The streets are clogged with traffic. The Underground is on strike.

The year is 1855.

The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam-driven cybernetic Engines, is in full and drastic swing. Great Britain, with her calculating-cannons, steam dreadnoughts, machine-guns and information technology, prepares to better the world's lot...

The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time, with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytic Engine. The scientists and industrialists are in charge, and history has been permanently and irrevocably altered. Not so human nature: conspiracy, intrigue and treachery thrive, and the lives of an ill-assorted group of people are drawn together in a strange chain of events.

Sybil Gerard, ruined woman, politician's tart, daughter of a notorious Luddite; Edward Mallory, explorer, palaeontologist, the discoverer of the famed Land Leviathan; Lady Ada Byron, daughter of the Prime Minister, mathematical genius, compulsive gambler, the Queen of Engines; these three and many others are unwitting participants in a conspiracy linking Great Britain with the France of Louis Napolean and the Manhattan Commune of Karl Marx...


Publisher (Year): Gollancz (1990)
Binding (ISBN): 1st edition hardback (0-575-04762-3)
Cover Art: Ian Miller

Condition: Very Good. A very small bump/tear to bottom of dust jacket (cover), a little rubbing to top rear edge and corner of dust jacket, price clipped.

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