The Difference Engine
by Bruce Sterling, William Gibson
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In 1855, London swelters in a poisonous heatwave. The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time and the Industrial Revolution is in full swing. However, there is a conspiracy afoot, linking Britain with the France of Louis Napoleon and the Manhattan commune of Karl Marx.

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The perfect ucronic novel
Many people I know consider The Difference Engine a rather boring and uninspired effort, a low point in the career of two great writers. I strongly disagree. To me, this is the perfect ucronic novel. Starting with a single divergence point from the historical reality (Charles Babbage manages to build his difference engine, a sort of steam-powered computer), and going on from there in very logical steps Gibson and Sterling manage to build a world very different from our own, but resembling it like a deforming mirror. Sterling's knowledge of technology and Gibson's quirky narrative complement eachh other beatifully, giving us a compelling story that manages to say a lot, by comparison, about us and our future. To me, a masterpiece.

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Addirittura letto in inglese?
Beato te. Gran bel libro con un sacco di trovate geniali. Prima su tutte le città trazioniste e cannibali. La tua recensione invece è misteriosa al punto giusto... così piena di paroline incomprensibili fra cui spiccano gli scrittori Sterling e Gibson... quotata!
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Addirittura letto in inglese?
Beato te. Gran bel libro con un sacco di trovate geniali. Prima su tutte le città trazioniste e cannibali. La tua recensione invece è misteriosa al punto giusto... così piena di paroline incomprensibili fra cui spiccano gli scrittori Sterling e Gibson... quotata!