The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2010 | Unabridged
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In a scientifically advanced London, circa 1855, where computers ("Engines") have been developed, fierce summer heat and pollution have driven out the ruling class, and ensuing anarchy allows the subversive, technology-hating Luddites to surface and battle the intellectual elite. Much of the problem centers on a set of perforated cards, once in the possession of an executed Luddite leader's daughter, later in the hands of "Queen of Engines" Ada Byron (daughter of prime minister Lord Byron), finally given to Edward Mallory, a scientist. Mallory, who knows the cards are a gambling device that can be read with a specialized Engine, is soon threatened and libeled by the Luddites, and he and his associates confront the scoundrels in a violent showdown.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2010, c1991
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441890757
Branch Call Number: GIB
Characteristics: 1 MP3 compact disc (ca. 14 hrs. 19 min.)
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
Sterling, Bruce


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Jul 09, 2014

I must echo doofy's comment below. Gibson pretty much jumped the shark after his neuromancer or mona lisa overdrive; everything following those two pretty much reeks. And he completely lost any of the truly technoid crowd when he wrote that godawful and fictional op-ed in the New York Times about Stuxnet - - Gibson made the world's biggest fool of himself, something he will never live down [Yes, Gibson, Stuxnet wasn't a basement fanboi creation, it was extremely sophisticated, as many a real 10-level hacker will attest to!]

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