The Difference Engine

1990 alternative history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Difference Engine (1990) is an alternative history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It is widely regarded as a book that helped establish the genre conventions of steampunk.

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The Difference Engine
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorWilliam Gibson and Bruce Sterling
CountryUnited States
GenreAlternate history, steampunk
PublisherVictor Gollancz Ltd
Publication date
September 1990
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
Pages383 pp (Paperback – 429 pages)

It posits a Victorian era Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his Analytical Engine rather than the difference engine).

The novel was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1990, the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1991, and both the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Prix Aurora Award in 1992.

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