Study and Discussion Questions for John Campbell's "Twilight"
In our previous classes, we suggested that SF is derivative. That is, SF authors often draw on and extend the ideas and situations presented by previous authors. This is certainly true with Campbell's "Twilight," which is without question derived from Wells's The Time Machine. In that novel, Wells creates the Eloi, who apparently are the descendants of the aristocratic British classes. The Eloi have completely lost initiative, behave like children, and are raised as cattle by the Morlocks, the descendants of the British service class who live underground and prey on the Eloi in the evenings. Consider the following issues as your read and review Campbell's story: