Morlock Night is a science fiction novel by K. W. Jeter. It was published in 1979. In a letter to Locus Magazine in April 1987, Jeter coined the word "steampunk" to describe it and other novels by James Blaylock and Tim Powers.
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 . . . like "steampunks", perhaps...— K.W. Jeter
Morlock Night uses the ideas of H. G. Wells in which the Morlocks of The Time Machine themselves use the device to travel back into the past and menace Victorian London. King Arthur and Merlin appear as England's saviors.
- Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Gary Westfahl
- King Arthur's Modern Return (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by Debra Mancoff (on page 8 and page 313)
- Critical Mass: A Primer for Living with the Future by Pat McGrew (on page 100)
- Space, Time, and Infinity: Essays on Fantastic Literature by Brian Stableford (page 87)
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