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  • The Difference Engine | William Gibson,Bruce Sterling

    The Difference Engine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It is a prime example of the steampunk sub-genre; It posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines. The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

    Delano says: "Starts strong, falls off"
  • The Caryatids | Bruce Sterling

    The Caryatids

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech.

    Vicki In Crete says: "Cloned Sisters Rule!"
  • Zeitgeist | Bruce Sterling

    Zeitgeist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    It's 1999, and on the Turkish half of Cyprus, the ever-enterprising Leggy Starlitz has alighted - pausing on his mission to storm the Third World with the G-7 girls, the cheapest, phoniest all-girl band ever to wear Wonderbras and spandex. His market is staring him in the face: millions of teenagers trapped in a world of mullahs and mosques, all ready to blow their pocket change on G-7's massive merchandising campaign - and to wildly anticipate music the band will never release.

    James says: "Enjoyable, very well narrated post-cyberpunk piece"
  • Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change | Gordon Van Gelder (editor),Bruce Sterling,Gregory Benford,Paul Di Filippo,Alan Dean Foster

    Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gordon Van Gelder (editor), Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
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    Forty years ago, Walt Kelly's comic strip character Pogo famously intoned: "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Now, as the evidence for climate change becomes overwhelming, we learn the hard reality behind that witticism. The possible destruction, and certain transformation, of the ecosphere has been brought about by our own activities. What will our new world look like? How will we - can we - adapt? The clash of a rapidly changing environment with earth's self-styled ruling species, humans, provides ample creative fodder for this riveting anthology of original science fiction.

    A. Westbrook says: "Some stories were science fiction but didn't seem to discuss climate change."
  • The Difference Engine | William Gibson,Bruce Sterling

    The Difference Engine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel. A prime example of the steampunk sub-genre, it posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines. The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

  • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002 | Harlan Ellison,Bruce Sterling,Albert E. Cowdry,Jeffrey Ford,Damon Knight,Ron Wolfe,M. Rickert

    The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002

    • HIGHLIGHTS (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harlan Ellison, Bruce Sterling, Albert E. Cowdry, and others
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
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    The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has submitted ten of its best of 2002. Although the collection is a veritable cornucopia of styles and subjects, each story is somehow notable for its compassion and humanity.

    Tim says: "Great Writing - Mediocre Plots"
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