History Literature / TheDifferenceEngine

4th Jul '17 10:41:02 AM JackG
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* OldTimeyAnkleTaboo: Hetty lifts her skirt to show her ankles when Mallory asks; it's treated the same way as a PantyFlash.



* ShowSomeLeg: Hetty also lifts her skirt to show her ankles when Mallory asks.
21st May '17 11:24:00 AM nombretomado
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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 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).

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It posits a {{Victorian Britain}} UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain ''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 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).
17th Jan '17 12:00:57 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ScienceMarchesOn / TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]] Many examples in-story.
17th Jan '17 12:00:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ScienceMarchesOn / TechnologyMarchesOn: Many examples in-story.
2nd Aug '16 10:31:22 AM JamesAustin
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The story follows Sybil Gerard, a political courtesan and daughter of an executed Luddite leader (she is borrowed from Creator/BenjaminDisraeli's novel ''Sybil''); Edward "Leviathan" Mallory, a [[AdventurerArchaeologist paleontologist and explorer]] who comes into a lot of money thanks to a good bet on an advanced steam gurney model; and Laurence Oliphant, a historical figure with a real career, as portrayed in the book, as a travel writer whose [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront work was a cover for espionage activities]] "undertaken in the service of Her Majesty".

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The story follows Sybil Gerard, a political courtesan and daughter of an executed Luddite leader (she is borrowed from Creator/BenjaminDisraeli's UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli's novel ''Sybil''); Edward "Leviathan" Mallory, a [[AdventurerArchaeologist paleontologist and explorer]] who comes into a lot of money thanks to a good bet on an advanced steam gurney model; and Laurence Oliphant, a historical figure with a real career, as portrayed in the book, as a travel writer whose [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront work was a cover for espionage activities]] "undertaken in the service of Her Majesty".



* 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) who plotted to start a "Northwest Confederacy" of the Ohio River Valley states, 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 UsefulNotes/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) who plotted to start a "Northwest Confederacy" of the Ohio River Valley states, is President of the much-reduced USA.
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.
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