History Literature / TheDifferenceEngine

18th Oct '15 12:33:25 PM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: The Japanese quartet can be described as extreme reverse weaboos, since they love everything western so much they want to get rid of the Japanese language.
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* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: The Japanese quartet can be described as extreme reverse weaboos, since they love everything western so much they want to get rid of the Japanese language.language. * PrettyInMink: Sybil's position is helped shown by her fine clothes, such as her rabbit fur muff.

3rd Jul '15 1:44:19 PM CaptainCrawdad
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*** In addition, scheduled steam carriage services existed for a brief period in the 1820s and 1830s until the Turnpike and Red Flag Acts effectively quashed them in favor of horse-drawn wagons and railroads.
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*** In addition, scheduled ** Scheduled steam carriage services existed for a brief period in the 1820s and 1830s until the Turnpike and Red Flag Acts effectively quashed them in favor of horse-drawn wagons and railroads.
29th Jun '15 10:46:48 PM allium
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It posits a {{Victorian Britain}} ''ca.'' 1855 in which a great wave of technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his analytical engine rather than the difference engine). Among the many various changes that arise as a result of this innovation are an even more powerful [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]], a DividedStatesOfAmerica, an early Communist Revolution in Manhattan led by Karl Marx himself, steam-powered gurneys (this timeline's equivalent of cars), and the premature invention of "camphorated cellulose" (aka celluloid - the first thermoplastic).
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It posits a {{Victorian Britain}} ''ca.'' 1855 in which a great wave of technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his analytical engine Analytical Engine rather than the difference engine).titular Difference Engine). Among the many various changes that arise as a result of this innovation are an even more powerful [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]], a DividedStatesOfAmerica, an early Communist Revolution in Manhattan led by Karl Marx himself, steam-powered gurneys (this timeline's equivalent of cars), and the premature invention of "camphorated cellulose" (aka celluloid - the first thermoplastic).
29th Jun '15 10:46:16 PM allium
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It posits a {{Victorian Britain}} circa 1855 in which a great wave of technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his analytical engine rather than the difference engine). Among the many various changes that arise as a result of this innovation are an even more powerful [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]], a DividedStatesOfAmerica, an early Communist Revolution in Manhattan led by Karl Marx himself, steam-powered gurneys (this timeline's equivalent of cars), and the premature invention of "camphorated cellulose" (aka celluloid - the first thermoplastic).
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It posits a {{Victorian Britain}} circa ''ca.'' 1855 in which a great wave of technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer (actually his analytical engine rather than the difference engine). Among the many various changes that arise as a result of this innovation are an even more powerful [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British Empire]], a DividedStatesOfAmerica, an early Communist Revolution in Manhattan led by Karl Marx himself, steam-powered gurneys (this timeline's equivalent of cars), and the premature invention of "camphorated cellulose" (aka celluloid - the first thermoplastic).
24th Jun '15 1:49:15 PM allium
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* GovernmentInExile: [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Sam Houston]] is in London after being forced out as President of Texas by a coup and tries to rally support with a kinopticon-heavy multimedia presentation. It turns out he took a chunk of the Texian Treasury with him across the Atlantic, so [[OneRiotOneRanger a Ranger]] tries to get it back from him after the show.
24th Jun '15 1:41:48 PM allium
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* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The CSA became independent, as did Texas, California, and the Manhattan Commune, and Britain is playing "divide et impera".
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* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The CSA became independent, as did Texas, California, and the Manhattan Commune, and thanks to Britain is playing "divide et impera".impera" with the help of its Engines' predictions.
24th Jun '15 1:38:42 PM allium
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* LogicBomb: The punch cards that Sybil carries apparently caused severe damage to the French super-Engine project known as the "Grand Napoleon" via some variation of Godel's Incompleteness Theory.
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* LogicBomb: The punch cards that Sybil carries apparently caused severe damage to the French super-Engine project known as the "Grand Napoleon" via some variation implementation of Godel's Incompleteness Theory.incompleteness theorems (which showed up eight decades early).
24th Jun '15 1:37:14 PM allium
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* DeadlyDistantFinale: At the end of Mallory's story, we see him in 1908, retired and full of honors, opening one of two letters. One is from Japan informing him that a branch of a scientific society he helped found had to close due to lack of interest; the other one is from Canada and contains pictures of the newly discovered Cambrian-era fossils of the Burgess Shale. [[MortonsFork In either case, he dies of a stroke]] (caused by rage or excitement, respectively).
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* DeadlyDistantFinale: At the end of Mallory's story, we see him in 1908, retired and full of honors, opening one of two letters. One is from Japan informing him that a branch of a scientific society he helped found had to close due to lack of interest; the other one is from Canada and contains pictures of the newly discovered Cambrian-era fossils of the Burgess Shale. [[MortonsFork In either case, he dies of a stroke]] an aneurysm]] (caused by rage or excitement, respectively).
24th Jun '15 1:35:32 PM allium
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*** In addition, scheduled steam carriage services existed for a brief period in the 1820s and 1830s until the Turnpike and Red Flag Acts effectively quashed them in favor of horse-drawn wagons and railroads.

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** Edo Japan possessed clockwork dolls known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karakuri_puppet karakuri]]'' (albeit not as sophisticated as the Engine-driven one in the book).
24th Jun '15 1:29:25 PM allium
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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Lord Byron is Prime Minister. Charles Babbage is another powerful politician. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli is most famous for his romance novels (he [[AluminumChristmasTrees did write a couple]] in RealLife, including ''Sybil'' from which the Sybil Gerard/Charles Egremont storyline is taken). Creator/JohnKeats is a "kinotrope" artist. Coleridge and Wordsworth are business partners. William Colgate is a lord. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Vallandigham Clement Vallandigham]], an Ohio politician and notorious Copperhead (anti-Civil War Democrat), is President of the much-reduced USA.
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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Lord Byron is Prime Minister. Charles Babbage is another powerful politician. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli is most famous for his romance novels (he [[AluminumChristmasTrees did write a couple]] in RealLife, including ''Sybil'' from which the Sybil Gerard/Charles Egremont storyline is taken). Creator/JohnKeats is a "kinotrope" artist. Coleridge and Wordsworth are business partners. William Colgate is a lord. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Vallandigham Clement Vallandigham]], an Ohio politician and notorious Copperhead (anti-Civil War Democrat), Democrat) who plotted to start a "Northwest Confederacy" of the Ohio River Valley states, is President of the much-reduced USA.
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