RIP Julian May
Last week, an exceptional science fiction and fantasy writer who was HUGE in the 80s and 90s passed away. Her name was Julian May. Though she wrote under many pseudonyms, and wrote literally hundreds of book, the novels for which she is most well known are the 'Saga of the Pliocene Exiles' and the 'Milieu Trilogy'.
Before she became a scifi writer, Julian May wrote children's books, text books, manuals, all sorts. She was exceptionally prolific, and the research she undertook to write her novels, particularly 'Saga of the Pliocene Exiles' and the 'Milieu Trilogy' was without par. In her own words, the story lines for Pliocene Exiles and Milieu books were 'fiendishly complicated'. Many years ago when I used to post on the BtVS forum, the Bronze, I came across someone whose father was a Professor at CalTech, and she told me that her father and Julian May had had considerable correspondence for some considerable time about 'Dynamic Field Theory' amongst other things. She undertook extensive and detailed research in science, biology, celtic mythology, life sciences and psychology. The characters she created were complex, multi-faced, varied, neither real heroes or heroines, but people of both dark and light. Some you loathed, and others became so endearingly familiar as to be friends. The stories she told had such a depth and range of imagination, that despite the huge success of her books in the 1980s, the studios were loath to touch them, for at the time no technology existed, or budget big enough to do them justice.
Her books had a profound effect on me. The story arc was utterly compelling, beautifully written and some of the characters became my friends. In fact, my very first domain. illusio.net was named after a character in her books. I bought the first book, 'The Many Coloured Land', in the early 80s just after I graduated, and subsequently bought each book as it was published. I have re-read them many, many times in the last 30 years, and in fact...one or two of my original copies are falling to bits, so now have them on Kindle. Sadly on of my life ambitions to meet her will never be realised. I am deeply and profoundly saddened by her death, and the world has lost a great writer. :(
If you have never read her books, then I recommend them.
The books that make up the 'Saga of the Exiles' are:
The Many Coloured Land
The Golden Torc
The Non Born King
Then there is a vinculum book between those and the 'Milieu Trilogy' called:
Then, finally bringing the story arc in full circle, the books of the 'Milieu Trilogy':
Jack the Bodiless
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