William Gibson Bruce Sterling
The Difference Engine
September 24, 2019 Comments.. 225
The Difference Engine William Gibson Bruce Sterling 1855 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 And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history and the future Sybil Gerard dishonored woman and daughter of a Luddite agitator Ed1855 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 And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history and the future Sybil Gerard dishonored woman and daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward Leviathan Mallory explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant diplomat and spy Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose Cards someone wants badly enough to kill forPart detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the first collaborative novel by two of the most brilliant and controversial science fiction authors of our time Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson s and Sterling s unique visions in a new and totally unexpected direction. The Difference Engine 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 o
  • Title: The Difference Engine
  • Author: William Gibson Bruce Sterling
  • ISBN: 9780553294613
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Difference Engine William Gibson Bruce Sterling The Difference Engine The Difference Engine by William Gibson ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, two major SciFi powerhouses, joined forces to produce The Difference Engine, a classic steampunk novel which was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award, the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the John W Campbell Memorial Award and Prix Aurora Award. The Difference Engine A Novel William Gibson, Bruce The Difference Engine A Novel William Gibson, Bruce Sterling on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The th anniversary edition of the classic steampunk novel With new commentary by the authors The Industrial Revolution is in full swing The Difference Engine by William Gibson, Paperback The Difference Engine is a poster child of Steampunk, and Steampunk is a visually rich sub genre Anime and film capture, for example, the ard, steam powered vehicles with their puffing and chugging, all a clacking with gears and pistons a la Miyazaki Hayao Laputa, Nausica , The City of the Lost Children, or Disney s Atlantis The Lost Difference Engine calculating machine Britannica Difference Engine, an early calculating machine, verging on being the first computer, designed and partially built during the s and s by Charles Babbage.Babbage was an English mathematician and inventor he invented the cowcatcher, reformed the British postal system, and was a pioneer in the fields of operations research and actuarial science. The Difference Engine A Novel eBook William Jan , The Difference Engine A Novel Kindle edition by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Difference Engine A Novel. The Difference Engine Web Development Apprenticeship The Difference Engine is a registered Illinois c organization Homepage The Difference Engine The Difference Engine is an Award Winning Recruitment Agency specialising in IT Technology Jobs We offer Advisory and Consulting Services and a unique approach to IT Technology Recruitment for Contract and Permanent Jobs globally. The Babbage Engine Computer History Museum Difference Engine No , built faithfully to the original drawings, consists of , parts, weighs five tons, and measures feet long We invite you to learn about this extraordinary object, its designer Charles Babbage and the team of people who undertook to build it Discover the wonder of a

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    1. mark monday says:

      STEAMPUNK SALAD3 5 ounce cans solid Victorian Era packed in water1 2 cup minced Bruce Sterling1 2 cup minced William Gibson1 4 cup Technological Speculation1 hard boiled Spy Thriller, chopped in large pieces1 soft boiled Detective Tale, finely minced3 Major Characters, lukewarm1 Mysterious Box of Computer Punch CardsSalt and Pepper1 2 teaspoon AmbitionSTEP 1Place Victorian Era in fine mesh strainer and press dry with paper towels Transfer to medium bowl and mash with fork until finely flaked Mic [...]

    2. J.G. Keely says:

      My Shakespeare professor was ravishing clever and ebullient, and never to be found without knee high leather heels I drew playbill covers while she lectured, and gave them to her at the end of class One day I went to her office hours and there they were, all arrayed upon the wall above her desk Life is the better for beautiful, passionate people.One day, at the end of class, she beckoned me over Are you going to turn your next paper in on time Of course, I answered, non chalant, with a crooked s [...]

    3. Scott says:

      Ach, I wish I could recommend this book highly, but I was very disappointed in it.Perhaps my expectations were too high, given how much I loved Gibson s Neuromancer However, The Difference Engine was over long The plot threaded together slowly The character development of central characters was fragmentary and tended toward the superficial The writing of the action scenes was unbelievably bad the reader could barely piece together what was happening, and it almost made no sense The denouement p [...]

    4. KatHooper says:

      ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, two major SciFi powerhouses, joined forces to produce The Difference Engine, a classic steampunk novel which was nominated for the 1990 British Science Fiction Award, the 1991 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1992 John W Campbell Memorial Award and Prix Aurora Award I listened to Brilliance Audio s version which was produced in 2010 and read by the always wonderful Simon Vance.The Difference Engine takes place in a ne [...]

    5. Eli says:

      A dense, dark book Full of amazing ideas and richly realized settings and gadgets whetted my appetite for steampunk I know I missed a lot and might be willing to reread it at some point to pick up But the plot is full of holes and jumps and places where the authors seem to have lost interest and wandered off into something else Why spend the first 100 pages establishing Sybil as a major character and then send her away for the next 300 Why place so much emphasis on the French cards and then hav [...]

    6. Rebecca says:

      Ok, so as far as I can tell, this book pretty much invented a lot of the steampunk trappings we take for granted And the world building is seriously awesome There s some fascinating alt history, lots of SCIENCE , and mies and miles of clockwork computers running everything The great horse races are replaced by mechanical guerneys, Japan makes wind up dolls out of whalebone, there s even a weird kind of digital animation The whole thing is put together exceedingly cleverly First rate world buildi [...]

    7. Mina Villalobos says:

      This book is pure brilliance As all the other Gibson books I have read, the ending kind of dissolves into mist, leaving you with questions and giving you a lot of room to imagine and pursue ideas this being a very positive thing, actually I think Sterling s style gave Gibson a grounding tug, so the whole ending chapter is about closure, something Gibson doesn t always work well with, but this one made me go back and forth to refresh character, and I had open to read the biographies of the histor [...]

    8. Ian says:

      I give this two stars because I quite enjoyed the first 50 pages or so Then it was crap from there on out Well, I assume the rest was crap, as I only read another 50 pages of pointless drivel before deciding not to waste any of my precious time It was odd The first 50 pages formed a reasonably complete, self contained, and satisfying short story I don t think those pages were intended to be that way, but they were Then another chapter started with totally different characters that had nothing o [...]

    9. Wanda says:

      As many others have pointed out, this book is one of the first in what we now know as the Steampunk genre It explores the question of what would happen if the Industrial Revolution and the development of the computer had coincided what would Victorian society have looked like It s a complex novel, with a lot of layers I read most of it in airports and on planes and didn t have the best circumstances to be able to concentrate on those details On the other hand, if it had been really riveting, I w [...]

    10. Jim says:

      Sometimes it really pays to re read a book.I wasn t very impressed when I first read this book My favorite character at the time vanished with about forty pages left, and I didn t find the end compelling.I can t remember when I first read the book, but it was years ago Now that I m older and have both read and experienced , I feel I got a lot out of the book I actually found Laurence Oliphant s struggle with his beliefs compelling than Edward Mallory s accidental heroics Although, I have to a [...]

    11. Joe says:

      To find the story of The Difference Engine, first dig through a layer of Victorian Era British slang, followed by a layer of alternate history jargon Next, carefully remove a rocky patch of shifting perspectives and unclear motivations After that, you ll be faced with a bloated stratum of physical description so detailed and uninteresting you ll be tempted to speed through it, barely glancing at the muddy mixture while you shovel it out I suggest you give in to this temptation And what s your re [...]

    12. Joseph Delaney says:

      This is based upon the idea that computers were invented much earlier in our history How would that have changed things This is a big absorbing read.

    13. ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

      I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book Parts of it are fast paced and great And parts are really slow and some are plain boring Since I am not quite sure and I want to be fair, I ll leave it somewhere in the middle I did kind of like it, after all The book is divided into five parts iterations and it takes place in a very dark XIX century London Everything that happens to the characters in this story somehow ends up connected to a wooden box full of punched Engine cards, but not the one [...]

    14. Ben Babcock says:

      Did you read Neuromancer and say, This was good, but it could have used steampunk That s kind of how one might describe The Difference Engine Neuromancer meets steampunk It s not a comprehensive, completely accurate description, but if that s sufficient for you, you can stop reading now and go read the book.Still here Cool.William Gibson is on my I must read everything by him shelf, and his influence on literature, particularly science fiction and subgenres like cyberpunk and steampunk, is unqu [...]

    15. Alicja says:

      rating 5.5 5 One of my all time favorites Originally published in 1990, it predates many of the current steampunk novels and manages to think outside the box of clich s that many modern novels have fallen into.This novel examines an alternate history in which Charles Babbage builds a difference engine, a forerunner of modern computers that runs on steam it is composed of gears and utilizes punch cards World history diverges engines become common changing Victorian England significantly as the em [...]

    16. Brooke says:

      When I read Neuromancer, I started out not understanding a thing that was going on, but finally made sense of everything by the end When reading The Difference Engine, I had the opposite experience The first segment was fully comprehensible, but afterward the book just turned to mush What in the world happened Who were all these characters What was the conflict and what was at stake Don t ask me, because I haven t a clue I got and irritated as I got closer to the end and had to suffer through [...]

    17. Greg says:

      Yuck yuck yuck Bad action, bad dialogue, bad characters The worst of all, though the world was wonderfully designed, but the plot was so meaningless and boring What a waste of a grand environment to set such a terrible story.Some collaborations combine the strengths of all involved into something extraordinary Others magnify the weaknesses This is a fine example of the latter the ending is the greatest WTF in modern history.

    18. Liz says:

      Alright, so it was a bit of a jolt to my system, as I haven t read anything set before 1900 in quite some time I KNOW HORRIBLE , which is a shame Once I got over the culture which was rather disparaging to a variety of people who were not white men as you have to do with things set in history, I rather enjoyed most of this book The book is divided between three different main character perspectives, the largest section being given to Dr Edward Mallory, who is a paleontologist or as they put it s [...]

    19. Mike says:

      The Difference Engine DGE was a real surprise after reading previously published books by both authors I had probably only read Islands in the Net and the Mirrorshades collection by Mr Sterling at this point I can t even tell you and won t cheat and look up if this book launched the steampunk genre I suspect not , but even if it wasn t the first, this is a book to judge others by.Forget it s genre or even sub genre this is a great book It has excellent writing, plotting, characterization, and it [...]

    20. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

      I gave this the old college try, getting to page 155 before giving myself permission to stop I feel bad because I was supposed to read it for a book club but there are a few reasons it just wasn t for me Info dumping I know many steampunk novels suffer this issue, even in such an early work as this, because people who are really into that kind of novel tend to love the geeky intricate details that build this alternative world I m just not one of them It reminded me of Neal Stephenson in Quicksil [...]

    21. Catherine says:

      Well, the world building is quite interesting, though apparently all the female characters in this alternate Steampunk England are whores or math geniuses, with the occasional murderess thrown in for good measure Every other social or political movement gets accelerated or represented but not the Suffragists, amazingly enough Apart from that, many of the secondary characters are way interesting than the protagonist The plot is a ramble fest through the world building and requires a fair amount [...]

    22. Cindy says:

      Reading this alongside The Bride of Science Romance, Reason, and Byron s Daughter.Also Lovelace and Babbage This needs to be a book already 2.5 stars Even then, I m feeling generous.This is set firmly an alternate reality universe One where Lord Byron and Anabella don t separate, and he eventually becomes Prime Minister One where Ada lives and can see her first computer programs become reality One where Wellington becomes a prime minister and is eventually hated, despite all his previous war her [...]

    23. Howard says:

      In their first major collaboration, sf heavyweights Gibson and Sterling spin an exquisitely clever filigree of Victorian alternate history, sparkling densely with ideas, moored by a challenging subtext of chaos theory and the lessons of recent paleontology In London of 1855, Lord Babbage s steam driven Engines mechanical computers roughly comparable to Univac have transformed the world, blueprints thanks to Victorian paradigms of science and order England s hereditary lords have been replaced by [...]

    24. Mykle says:

      I feel slightly hornswoggled I picked this up as research, to see how Lady Ada Byron Lovelace would be handled as a fictional character As it turns out she is kept in the background through most of the book adored, revered and discussed constantly, but rarely seen Oh well, buyer beware and all that I know it s the founding document of Steampunk and all, but I found it a bit tedious.The Difference Engine exemplifies the difference between a great idea for a book and an actual great book It s meti [...]

    25. Koen says:

      The Difference Engine was one of the books on my list as Must Read The book is written by two if my favourite writers Bruce Sterling and William Gibson Both writers played an important role in for me liking Cyberpunk books This book is one of the first books identified as Steam punk, which is appropriate because the story is situated in Victorian England and plays along the line of the development of steam engines During the late 80 ties, Steam punk disconnected from Cyberpunk to become a separa [...]

    26. Scott Rhee says:

      This is the book that apparently started the whole steam punk genre, and I can kind of see why steam punk is so popular The Difference Engine has a fascinating premise What if the computer age had happened roughly 100 years before it actually did Part alternate history sci fi and part cyberpunk set in the Victorian era, The Difference Engine is a fascinating glimpse at a weird alternate universe that bares resemblance to the 21st century than I think most of us would care to admit In the world [...]

    27. Rebecca says:

      First things first I found this book in the Young Adult section of my local library Not that teens are not capable of appreciating this sort of book, but it s NOT a YA book Lot s of drinking, sex, prostitution, and complex historical matter I d like to have a chat with the library about reclassifying it We ll see.The novel was a rich evocation of a Victorian England pushed too soon into industrialism, rife with social uprisings, class conflict, and intrigue It s part steampunk science fiction, p [...]

    28. Lucas Rocha says:

      Entendi nada, mas o posf cio show

    29. G33z3r says:

      I think this is one of those books that is incredibly original at the time it is written, and then is so often imitated that it seems rather pedestrian when read in hindsight One of the first of the Steampunk genre, it envisions a mid 19th century London that runs on coal and incredibly sophisticated Babbage difference engines a mechanical computer based on gears rather than electronics and fed by punchcards It reimagines history though doesn t do a great deal with much of it into an alternate w [...]

    30. John Carter McKnight says:

      The Difference Engine is better read as Great Big Idea SF than as an exemplar of the genre it gave rise to, steampunk Rather a grim alternate history of a proto totalitarian Britain run by a government of science and industry and police steam computing, it couldn t be farther from the romanticism of the later genre.It s very Gibson and Sterling though, painfully prescient in its depiction of the early days of the Panopticon, fiercely intelligent, tamping the worse excesses of both authors, thoug [...]

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