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Subject: 1. Charles Babbage creates a working computer (1849) rss

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Stephen Tavener
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Difference_engine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytical_engine

Not sure how best to represent this; the magical world probably doesn't need computers, and probably wouldn't have anything similar.
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Maybe Babbage invents a machine that automates some kind of magical process? A ouiji board, or astrological predictor, or kabbalistic interpreter or something along those lines.
 
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In the fantasy timeline, Babbage could invent a compiler for programmatic spell-casting. I steal this idea from the book Wizard's Bane and its sequels by Rick Cook.
 
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Great books! And it might just work; thanks!

Incidentally, the first book is available for free in the Baen free library:
http://www.webscription.net//p-724-wizards-bane.aspx
 
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