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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Eloi  
  People who have undergone treatments to extend their lives.  

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.

Here and there in the stabilized deep sunk pads of Malibu was where the notyetchosen waited for vacancies in the combs. Vacancies were becoming more and more rare as rejuvenators plied their controversial trade, turning good citizens into multicentarian eloi.
From Queen of Angels, by Greg Bear.
Published by Warner Books in 1990
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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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