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Morlock Night (Angry Robot) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I read this because it is considered the first Steampunk novel. It had interesting characters and a somewhat loose plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Hale
The silliness of this book cannot be overstated. However it is pleasantly written and is an easy read. Recommended for light reading, perhaps while traveling or on vacation.Published 21 months ago by Mark the hippie
I've had the hardest time finding a good steampunk read recently until I discovered that Jeter coined the term and thought to read his work. A treat for me. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MB
This was the first Jeter book I'd read, and it was pretty good; it's a continuation of H.G. Well's "The Time Machine," in a sense, but quite a unique work on its own.Published on May 10, 2014 by Will
K.W.Jeter has yet again, he's taken the ending of H.G.Wells Time Machine and basically run with it, before anyone could stop him created a little masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Teresa Pietersen
This is one of the earliest Steampunk stories.
It starts at the end of a night with HG Wells who has told his friends about his adventure with his time machine. Read more