'A visionary steam-powered heavy metal fantasy. Gibson and Sterling create a high-Victorian virtual reality of extraordinary richness and detail.' - Ridley Scott, creator of Alien.
The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytical Engine.
The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam-driven cybernetic Engines, is in full and drastic swing.
Great Britain, with her calculating-cannons, steam dreadnoughts, machine-guns and information technology, prepares to better the world's lot...
William Gibson is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford Brookes University specialising in the history of Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has written widely on the eighteenth-century church. He is the author of James II and the Trial of the Seven Bishops and a biography of Bishop Benjamin Hoadly. He is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History.