What a cool word. I'm just re-reading The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, which is just chock-full of cool Victoriana bent to the service of Steampunk.
So why didn't the Difference Engine ever work?
"My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends It gives a lovely light!" ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay