The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

William Gibson
Bruce Sterling

Synopsis of The Difference Engine

The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytical Engine. 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 dreamnoughts, machine guns and information technology, prepares to better the world's lot . . .

Reviews of The Difference Engine


It's an oddly compelling Book -- clearly not to everyone's taste, but The Difference Engine suited, and entertained me. -- Peter D. Tillman, SF Site

Those willing to grant two master writers a large dollop of poetic license will enjoy the hauntingly strange landscape, filled with steam-propelled cars, 19th-century credit cards, and "clackers" - the computer hackers of the day (taking their name from the sound made by paper cards moving through the brasswork of the steam-driven computers). -- Robert J. Sawyer,

...this Book is recognised as being one of the peaks of the 'steampunk' period and with its re-release allows you an opportunity to see how it was written. -- GF Willmetts, SFCrowsnest