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An edition of The Difference Engine (1991)

The Difference Engine

Spectra Special Editions
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448 pages

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; 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 for... Part 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!
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A Máquina Diferencial
2012, Editora Aleph
in Portuguese
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The Difference Engine
2011, Spectra/Bantam Books
electronic resource / in English
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The Difference Engine
Jan 01, 2011, Gollancz
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The Difference Engine
Nov 06, 2010, Brilliance Audio
audio cd
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
Nov 06, 2010, Brilliance Audio
mp3 cd
Cover of: The difference engine
The difference engine
2003, Gollancz
in English
Cover of: La Machine à différences
La Machine à différences
April 11, 2001, Livre de poche
Mass Market Paperback in French / français
Cover of: La Machine à différences
La Machine à différences
September 12, 1999, Robert Laffont
Paperback in French / français
Cover of: La machine à diffr̀ences
La machine à diffr̀ences
1997, R. Laffont
in French / français
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
May 23, 1996, Gollancz
Paperback - New Ed edition
Cover of: La macchina della realtà
La macchina della realtà
1992, Mondadori
in Italian
Cover of: The difference engine
The difference engine
1992, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
January 1, 1992, Spectra
Mass Market Paperback in English - Spectra Special Editions
Cover of: Die Differenz Maschine
Die Differenz Maschine
January 1, 1992, Heyne
Paperback in German / Deutsch
Cover of: The difference engine
The difference engine
1992, VGSF
in English
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
Apr 01, 1991, Spectra
hardcover
Cover of: The difference engine
The difference engine
1991, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
1991, VGSF
in English
Cover of: The Difference Engine
The Difference Engine
1991, Bantam Books
in English
Cover of: The difference engine
The difference engine
Publisher unknown
in Undetermined
Cover of: La Máquina Diferencial
La Máquina Diferencial
Publisher unknown
Paperback in Spanish / español

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The Difference Engine

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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; 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 for... Part 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!
-Goodreads

The Difference Engine

Spectra Special Editions

This edition was published in by Spectra


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OL7825336M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
055329461X
ISBN 13
9780553294613
Library Thing
612
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337116

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