Pliocene Companion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 27, 1984 - Fiction - 219 pages

This is a book for the many thousands of readers who have become entranced with Julian May's fantasy-science fiction quartet, The Saga of Pliocene Exile.

That saga has become an international best-seller and has drawn much comment: "A richly inventive series... drama or opera in the largest sense" (Science Fiction Review). "Julian May has made a new and fresh masterwork in the genre and has irrevocably placed herself among the great of fantasy and science fiction" (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine). "Of all the authors since The Lord of the Rings appeared, May has most closely matched J. R. R Tolkien's achievement" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Over the course of the four volumes of The Many-Colored Land, The Golden Torc, The Nonborn King, and The Adversary, the story has become so rich, complex, and so peopled with characters from different parts of the Pliocene world, that a guide and commentary is called for. The Pliocene Companion offers a descriptive listing of all the characters in'the work, a chronology, the author's original maps, and three delightful interviews with May herself. Beyond that, it gives the reader a chance to explore further the surroundings of a world six million years in the past. The glossary gives information on metapsychology, on the futuristic science of the Galactic Milieu, and on the exotic world of the Tanu and Firvulag. In all, A Pliocene Companion is a must for followers of the Saga.


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If you are a fan of the Pliocene Exile series and the related books, this is actually worth having. A lot of these type of books are a waste of time, just a summary of people and places that you already know. This one does provide a some good insights. Read full review


A Glossary Name Index and Gazetteer to the Saga of Pliocene Exile with Pronunciation Guide
A Chronology of the Saga
The Remillard Family Tree
The Ocala Rebels and Their Offspring
Authors Three Original Maps of Pliocene Europe
Two Maps of Ocala Island and Vicinity
The Good Ship Kyllikki Specifications and Sails with Diagram
The Double Ourobouros Diagram and Description
Music in My Head Science Fiction as Opera
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Julian May (1931–2017) was a staple of the early science fiction community and the 2015 winner of the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award. Her short science fiction novel, Dune Roller, was published in 1951, aired on American television in 1952 as part of the Tales of Tomorrow series, and went on to a BBC adaptation and a 1972 movie. She chaired the Tenth World Science Fiction Convention, making her the first woman to chair a Worldcon. The Many-Colored Land, the first book in her Saga of the Pliocene Exile, won the Locus Best Novel Award in 1982 and was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as the Mythopoeic, Prometheus, and Geffen awards.

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