The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

By William Gibson; Bruce Sterling; Simon Vance (Performed by)

Brilliance Audio, Compact Disc, 9781441890740

Publication Date: November 6, 2010


1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. Three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with the future: Sybil Gerard fallen woman, politician's tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward Leviathan Mallory explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant diplomat, mystic, 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" took the science fiction community by storm when it was first published more than twenty years ago. Provocative, compelling, and intensely imagined, this novel is poised to impress a whole new generation.

About the Author
William Gibson is a professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford Brookes University. He is also academic director of the Westminster Institute of Education.

Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunkgenre.

SIMON VANCE is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie(r) Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by "Booklist" magazine.