"If you turn away from the natural gifts that God has given you, or the universe has given you, you're going to grow old too soon."
One of the problems explored in this novel is the role of people who live a long time. This is not quite as pressing a problem as the author seems to think; however, it is true that the average lifespan of a human being has gone from roughly 54 years in the year 1900 to about 75 years in 2000.
The name is, of course, taken from the gentle surface-dwelling children of the future from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. The name suggests some sort of weakness, and raises the following question in the readers mind: Who are the Morlocks who prey upon them?
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