Saturday, August 30, 2014

Top ten alternate histories

Christopher Edge is the author of the Twelve Minutes to Midnight series and other books.

For the Guardian, he tagged his ten favorite twisted histories (also known as alternate histories, counterfactuals, "what-if" fiction), including:
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Hailed by many as the first steampunk novel, The Difference Engine depicts an alternative timeline where Charles Babbage has succeeded in the construction of his prototype computers, the Difference Engine and its successor, the Analytical Engine. This heralds a technological revolution alongside the industrial one, with steam-powered computers transforming a society now ruled by an intellectual elite. With hackers becoming clackers, the novel presents a fascinating exploration of a Victorian information age.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Difference Engine is one of Jeffery Deaver's top ten novels featuring the internet or computers.

--Marshal Zeringue