Monday, 25 April 2011

The Difference Engine

Our next reading is The Difference Engine by Bruce Stirling and William Gibson.

Fresh from their successes in creating the cyberpunk genre, they turn the clock back and imagine what might have been had Charles Babbage created his mechanical computer, initiating the information revolution 100 years early.

While they did not create the genre, The Difference Engine made it mainstream reading. Steampunk is possibly the major SF genre of the present day, spilling out into popular culture, film, and fashion. This is where it came of age.

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