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"With the tropes of steampunk being somewhat predictable and almost codified these days, Jeter’s book is a breath of fresh air." -- Chris Miller, www.TheSecretLair.com

About the Author

K.W. Jeter is a respected American novelist who wrote what was likely the first true cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K. Dick. His many original novels range between dark noir-horror and visionary science fiction. He has also written several authorised sequels to Blade Runner (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). The author lives in Las Vegas, NV.
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Product Details

  • Series: Angry Robot
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857661000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857661005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ashertopia VINE VOICE on May 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When H. G. Wells completed the Time Machine he left some threads loose and dangling. K. W. Jeter doesn't so much as tie up the threads as reweaves them into something fantastic and new as he asks questions that thoughtful readers may have wondered, mainly, what happened to the time machine at the end?

Hocker, one of the character's from Well's book who listened in on the Time Traveller's story about his past and present adventures, transitions from a quiet, almost shy listener to the main character in this tale that starts just after the fateful telling as Hocker is walking home. We find Ambrosius, who also listened in, attempting to warn Hocker of the dangers of the time machine and the Morlocks as they walk down the London streets. A fog rolls in as Ambrosius leaves the scene. Hocker soon finds himself in a war torn London during a great battle between humans and Morlocks. Saved by a heroine, Tafe, Hocker finds that his London is not at war at all, rather he has been sent forward in time by Ambrosius to prove the warnings are true. The Morlocks have captured the time machine and are using it to set up a base to conquer London and then the world.

This is no true sequel of the Time Machine. Other than Hocker and the Morlocks no other characters take place in this story and no more is seen or heard of from the distant future of the Eloi. For fans of the book looking for a continuation of that story, you will likely be disappointed. However, for fans of science fiction, steampunk and the like you will find much to feast on.

Jeter's decision to write this novel (in 1979, reprinted in 2011) was not to provide a sequel but rather to use the original novel as a setting for a much more ambitious and amazing story.
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K.W. Jeter's Morlock Night (1979) is often cited as the first novel to be categorized at "steampunk." In a 1987 letter to Locus magazine, Jeter coined the term in an effort to describe the types of stories that he and his friends Tim Powers and James P. Blaylock were writing:

Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of that era; like `steam-punks', perhaps.

As Tim Powers explains in his introduction to Morlock Night, Jeter wrote this book in 1976 for a British publisher who requested ten novels about King Arthur being reincarnated to come to England's rescue at different points in that country's history. Powers, Blaylock and Jeter agreed to write the novels. When they divvied up the history, Jeter ended up with the Victorian era.

For Morlock Night, he decided to write a steampunk "sequel" to H.G. Well's The Time Machine. The premise is that the Morlocks, those brutish troglodytes who are our far-future descendants in Wells' story, used the time machine to travel back to Victorian London where they plan to take over the city. Their use of the machine has created a channel in time that could make time collapse. Thus, it's not just England that's in danger, but the entire universe.

King Arthur, who keeps being reborn but never realizes who he is until he's needed, must come to the rescue. To do this, he'll need Excalibur which, unfortunately, has also been traveling through time and has been divided into three parts.
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Read this book--but don't read this edition. Mine had a lot of formatting and editing mistakes like someone ran it through a spellchecker and tried to correct all the unrecognized words. A shame--Jeter's landmark steampunk novel deserves better.
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Morlock Night (Angry Robot)

Mr. Edwin Hocker just left just left a dinner party held by a self-proclaimed Time Traveler (from H.G. Wells "The Time Machine".) As he is leaving, a fellow diner strikes up a conversation with him about the host's tale. This encounter leads to a series of quests that can either save or doom England, from Victorian times to the far future. Hocker and his companions, Tafe and Dr. Ambrose will learn the secrets of the Morlocks and try to end their threat for all time.

The book is based on the premise that the Time Traveler is ambushed by the Morlocks on his second trip to the future and will use the time machine to invade Victorian England. Hocker's adventures ranges from the near future (of Victorian England) to the sewers of London and finally to the future world of the Morlocks.

There is a bit of steampunk, magic and various legends blended together to make a good yarn. While it may not be 100% true to the source material, it is enjoyable. Jeter expands on the world of the Morlocks, fleshing them out to be credible villains that pose serious threat. The book moves at a quick pace and has unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader's interest. Jeter's writing style works for this book. The author matches Wells' style of writing, giving a Victorian feel without being too verbose.
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