The two leading "cyberpunk" authors have joined together to produce
an alternate history novel. The premise is that Charles Babbage did
build his Analytical Engine and that a steam-driven information age has
developed as a result — and Britain is under the control of capitalists
and intellectuals under the leadership of none other than Lord Byron.
The Difference Engine
is the kind of political/underworld/espionage
thriller one would expect from the authors, but while it was a fun read
and had some cute ideas it didn't really live up to my expectations.
In particular both the beginning and the ending seemed flat.
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