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The '''''Saga of the Pliocene Exile''''' ("Pliocene Saga", "Saga of Pliocene Exile", or the '''Saga of the Exiles''') is a series of [[wikipedia:science fiction|science]] / [[wikipedia:speculative fiction|speculative fiction]] books by [[Julian May]], first published in the early 1980s. It consists of four books: ''[[The Many-Colored Land]]'', ''[[The Golden Torc]]'', ''[[The Nonborn King]]'' and ''[[The Adversary]]''.
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The '''Saga of the Pliocene Exile''' ("Saga of Pliocene Exile" or the '''Saga of the Exiles''') is a series of [[wikipedia:science fiction|science]] / [[wikipedia:speculative fiction|speculative fiction]] books by [[Julian May]], first published in the early 1980s. It consists of four books: ''[[The Many-Colored Land|The Many Coloured Land]]'', ''[[The Golden Torc]]'', ''[[The Nonborn King]]'' and ''[[The Adversary]]''.
   
 
== Main story ==
 
== Main story ==
The 'Saga of Pliocene Exile' (known as the 'Saga of the Exiles' in some markets) is a narrative surrounding the adventures of a group of late [[21st century|21st]] and early [[22nd century]] misfits/outcasts who travel through a one-way [[time-gate]] to Earth's [[wikipedia:Pliocene|Pliocene]] epoch, in the hopes of finding a simple utopia where they can finally fit in.
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The 'Saga of Pliocene Exile' (known as the 'Saga of the Exiles' in some markets) is a narrative surrounding the adventures of a group of late [[21st century|21st]] and early [[22nd century]] misfits/outcasts who travel through a [[one-way]] [[time-gate]] to Earth's [[wikipedia:Pliocene|Pliocene]] epoch, in the hopes of finding a simple utopia where they can finally fit in.
   
 
However, the reality is far removed from the dream. The [[time-traveller]]s arrive to discover the Pliocene is already inhabited by a [[wikipedia:Dimorphism|dimorphic]] race of aliens ('[[exotic]]s'), the [[Tanu]] and the [[Firvulag]]. The exotics, who have fled their [[Duat galaxy|home galaxy]] because of religious persecution, are marooned on Pliocene Earth as well.
 
However, the reality is far removed from the dream. The [[time-traveller]]s arrive to discover the Pliocene is already inhabited by a [[wikipedia:Dimorphism|dimorphic]] race of aliens ('[[exotic]]s'), the [[Tanu]] and the [[Firvulag]]. The exotics, who have fled their [[Duat galaxy|home galaxy]] because of religious persecution, are marooned on Pliocene Earth as well.
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[[Operancy]]: Psychic powers which are available for conscious, controlled use by a person. Basically, one is considered operant if they have psychic abilities and can consciously use them. In the Pliocene Epoch, the Firvulag were naturally operant. They did not require torcs or other mechanical assistance to be able to use their psychic powers.
 
[[Operancy]]: Psychic powers which are available for conscious, controlled use by a person. Basically, one is considered operant if they have psychic abilities and can consciously use them. In the Pliocene Epoch, the Firvulag were naturally operant. They did not require torcs or other mechanical assistance to be able to use their psychic powers.
   
Operant humans in the Galactic Milieu are not allowed to enter [[Exile]], so most humans in the Pliocene are latent at most. The few who are operant are sometimes categorized using terms from the Milieu. These categories include master class (a well above standard amount of metapsychic powers), the [[grand master]] [[class]] adepts (large amounts of metapsychic abilities, like Elizabeth), and the Paramount Grand Masters (enormous amounts of metapsychic power, including [[Marc Remillard]], [[Aiken Drum]], and [[Felice Landry]]). Individuals generally have different levels of ability in the various classes of metapsychic powers. For instance, Felice Landry is [[Paramount]] in [[creation]] but only roughly [[masterclass]] in [[redaction]].
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Operant humans in the Galactic Milieu are not allowed to enter [[Exile]], so most humans in the Pliocene are latent at most. The few who are operant are sometimes categorized using terms from the Milieu. These categories include master class (a well above standard amount of metapsychic powers), the [[grand master]] [[class]] adepts (large amounts of metapsychic abilities, like Elizabeth), and the Paramount Grand Masters (enormous amounts of metapsychic power, including [[Marc Remillard]], [[Aiken Drum]], and [[Felice Landry]]). Individuals generally have different levels of ability in the various classes of metapsychic powers. For instance, Felice Landry is [[Paramount]] in [[creativity]] but only roughly [[masterclass]] in [[redaction]].
   
 
[[Latency]]: Psychic powers which, although present, cannot be consciously used by a person - because of a lack of training, inhibiting factors, trauma, or mental blocks of uncertain origin. In theory, all humans have some psychic abilities, even though they may be hopelessly latent or extremely meager. The Tanu and the vast majority of humans are latents, with most humans having extremely meager abilities. The Tanu use torcs to allow them to use their psychic powers.
 
[[Latency]]: Psychic powers which, although present, cannot be consciously used by a person - because of a lack of training, inhibiting factors, trauma, or mental blocks of uncertain origin. In theory, all humans have some psychic abilities, even though they may be hopelessly latent or extremely meager. The Tanu and the vast majority of humans are latents, with most humans having extremely meager abilities. The Tanu use torcs to allow them to use their psychic powers.
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*The final three books - ''[[Jack the Bodiless (novel)|Jack the Bodiless]],'' ''[[Diamond Mask (novel)|Diamond Mask]],'' and ''[[Magnificat]]'' — are what May calls "the [[Galactic Milieu Series|Galactic Milieu Trilogy]]". They discuss Marc Remillard's [[Metapsychic Rebellion]]. Although these three novels were published in the early to mid-1990s, the fact that Ms. May so extensively researches and outlines her stories suggests{{Or|date=August 2008}} that parts of these three novels had been written in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when the four Saga of Pliocene Exile novels were being written. The three Galactic Milieu novels close the circle, and bring the end back to the beginning.
 
*The final three books - ''[[Jack the Bodiless (novel)|Jack the Bodiless]],'' ''[[Diamond Mask (novel)|Diamond Mask]],'' and ''[[Magnificat]]'' — are what May calls "the [[Galactic Milieu Series|Galactic Milieu Trilogy]]". They discuss Marc Remillard's [[Metapsychic Rebellion]]. Although these three novels were published in the early to mid-1990s, the fact that Ms. May so extensively researches and outlines her stories suggests{{Or|date=August 2008}} that parts of these three novels had been written in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when the four Saga of Pliocene Exile novels were being written. The three Galactic Milieu novels close the circle, and bring the end back to the beginning.
 
*May also "wrote" a tenth book, which was first published in the mid- to late-1980s, called ''[[A Pliocene Companion]],'' from which much of the information above is taken. ''A Pliocene Companion'' is essentially a glossary/ gazetteer for the four novels of the Pliocene Exile which Ms. May compiled to help her write those four books. (May, Julian. ''A Pliocene Companion: A Guide To The Saga Of Pliocene Exile''. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, USA. 1984.)
 
*May also "wrote" a tenth book, which was first published in the mid- to late-1980s, called ''[[A Pliocene Companion]],'' from which much of the information above is taken. ''A Pliocene Companion'' is essentially a glossary/ gazetteer for the four novels of the Pliocene Exile which Ms. May compiled to help her write those four books. (May, Julian. ''A Pliocene Companion: A Guide To The Saga Of Pliocene Exile''. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, USA. 1984.)
 
== Gallery ==
 
;Circa 2013 covers
 
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File:Many-Coloured-Land new cover.jpg
 
File:The-Golden-Torc new cover.jpg
 
File:The-Non-Born-King new cover.jpg
 
File:The-Adversary new cover.jpg
 
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;Paperback covers
 
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File:ManyColoredLand classic paperback cover.jpg
 
File:GoldenTorc classic paperback cover.jpg
 
File:NonbornKing classic paperback cover.jpg
 
File:Adversary classic paperback cover.jpg
 
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== References ==
 
== References ==
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Galactic Milieu Series]]
 
* [[Galactic Milieu Series]]
* [[Saga of the Exiles]] possible film series
 
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
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* ''PAN MACMILLAN'' - [https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/science-fiction-and-fantasy/julian-may-saga-of-the-exiles-introduction An Introduction to Julian May's The Saga of the Exiles] 10/01/2017
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;Movie in development?
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* [http://www.nickdudman.com/Exiles.html Exiles] by [http://www.nickdudman.com/ Nick Dudman]
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