SciFi Tech Talk #000163 – The Difference Engine

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3.4 rating based on 15,025 ratings (all editions)

ISBN-10: 055329461X
ISBN-13: 9780553294613
Goodreads: 337116

Author(s): Publisher: Spectra Books
Published: 2//1992

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history - and the future: Sybil Gerard - dishonored woman and daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward "Leviathan" Mallory - explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant - diplomat and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for...

Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the first collaborative novel by two of the most brilliant and controversial science fiction authors of our time. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson's and Sterling's unique visions - in a new and totally unexpected direction!
 

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SciFi Tech Talk #162 – XCOM, XCOM Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown poster Rating: 8.3/10 (710 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: M. Zachary Sherman, Scott Wittbecker
Stars: Jon Bailey, John Eric Bentley, Michael Benyaer, Brian Bloom
Runtime: N/A
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Released: 09 Oct 2012
Plot: From the award-winning creators of Civilization comes a game about civilization's last stand. Threatened by an unknown enemy, Earth's governments unite to form an elite paramilitary ...

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SciFi Tech Talk #000161 – Ex Machina

Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina poster Rating: 7.7/10 (261,150 votes)
Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Corey Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 24 Apr 2015
Plot: A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

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