I was captivated’ Fritz Leiber, ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘An amazing journey from. The Saga of Pliocene Exile is a series of science / speculative fiction books by Julian May, first published in the early s. It consists of four books: The Many Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The. Exiled beyond the time-portal into the world of six million years ago, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age-old war of two alien races.

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Lists with This Book. To accomplish this feat, Julian May ups the speed while pushing a lot of occurrences off screen.

Saga of Pliocene Exile

I do not understand at all why May is using this word to describe him. While the discovery of time travel is a great scientific achievement, its practical application is limited. When the daughter race demanded that the Tanu and Firvulag discard their ancient battle-religion and rejoin the rest of the race, a small number refused to and chose to fight tor final apocalyptic war to the end.

D-jumping dimension jumping or teleportation may also be considered a metapsychic power, but appears more in the Galactic Milieu Series of books also by Julian May. These books almost hit you over the head with their ass-backwardness on this stuff. The pacing, likewise, carried forward with momentum this time instead of with choice steps.

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Lists with Thd Book. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Humans with valuable talents like genetics, robotics, etc. The book is full of characters but every single one of them manages to come across as a unique person, even the ones who are not on-screen long enough to be fully three-dimensional.

The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile. Apr 24, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: Sean Hendricks rated it really liked it Aug 26, She drops the word almost every time Aiken is mentioned.


Learn julia and when to remove these template messages. Aiken Drum continues to be a wild card—showing odd moments of compassion, but mostly looking out for number one, this psychopathic human has angered all sides of the conflict now, Tanu, Firvulag and Human.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. May 10, Timothy Boyd rated it liked it. The Firvulag martial tradition is very conservative. I’m not enamored with sidequels, and I blame much of the lack of originality on the format. Comments 0 Trackbacks 0 Leave mmay comment Trackback.


So if you are interested in this, just read 1 and 2 after each other. Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Articles lacking reliable references from September All articles lacking reliable references Articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction from May All articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction Wikipedia articles with style issues from December All articles with style issues Wikipedia articles that are excessively detailed from December All articles that are excessively detailed Articles with multiple maintenance issues.

I have the strong impression that, once Richard had served his narrative purpose, May lost interest in him altogether. And consequently, because so bolden of these factors color their larger works, it means I can’t appreciate tons of otherwise good novels.

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Read for more of the Saga of the Exiles. Mark Remillard gets fire-flayed; Aiken Drum nearly dies from the psychic aftereffects of mental cannibalism; any number of appealing minor characters get killed off or tormented in various ways.

This site uses cookies. The human race is a blend of ‘operant’ metapsychics not very many, but more born every day’latent’ metapsychics uncommon, and unable to use their potential abilities for a number of reasons, but their offspring have a higher chance to be brought to operancy when bornand those with no useful metapsychic potential at all most of humanity.

Those humans who are metapsychically or aesthetically gifted are used by Tanu women who desire to have children.

I think the first book is better than the second, but it is very close. Nevertheless, there are some humans born in the Pliocene i.


There is another race of exotics on the planent—the Firvulag, who are from the same planet as the Tanu and who are low-level operant metapsychics.

Shape shifting, fireballs, betrayal, love, prophecy, challenge, score sheets and pesky humans combine with a great inundation that washes many characters clean away.

I recommend it to teen and adult readers of sci-fi. Views Read Edit View history. These are the first books I have read by this author and I absolutely loved it. I do like—quite a bit—how it is very clear in these books that the forced impregnation scheme of the Tanu is wrong wrong wrong and that the physical and emotional effects are shown quite clearly Martha.

Saga of the Pliocene Exile 2. Firvulag never produce Tanu babies. I think, certainly for the s when this was published, it is overall a progressive presentation of her.

Instead, I got boring politics, needless graphic descriptions of killings, and an odd admixture of ancient geology and plate tectonic theory. The Milieu also does not allow any operant metapsychics to go back to the Pliocene.

These lesser torcs allow for control of the wearer by any gold torc wearer.

This book starts to weave back together the fates of Group Green, and if you Finished this a while back as part of my summer commitment to read more SFF. You might totc that means it picks up where the last book lets off.

The only true “natives” in the book, the Ramapithecus are a race of small, somewhat fragile seeming hominids, believed at the time of writing, though no longer to be the original ancestors of modern humanity. Sukey is a dim little thing who thinks the world is hollow. Structured similarly to the first gklden, it has three sections.