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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (October 21, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330303090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330303095
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in 1931, Julian May sold her first short story to John W. Campbell's Astounding magazine in 1951. But she didn't return to genre fiction until the 1980s. May then wrote the phenomenally successful Saga of the Exiles, followed by the Galactic Milieu series. The Many-Coloured Land won the Locus Best Novel Award and was shortlisted for numerous other high-profile genre awards. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Onno Koelman on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first read the Pliocene exile saga 15 years ago, and it was my favourite series then. I read it again last year, and couldn't get enough, so I went out and bought all the relevant galactic milieu books.

In this companion to the Exile series, May delivers again. With the same dexterity, vocab and colourful imagination we've come to expect, May tells us the story of Earth's adoption into the galactic milieu from the outsider's perspective (the Milieu).

I highly recommend this title to anyone who read and enjoyed the Pliocene Exiles saga, or the Galactic Milieu trilogy as it is a perfect bridge and will appeal to all of May's fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on August 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is start of the saga, and it details the early history of the Remillard family with regards to the time period. Rogatien Remillard is used as a point of view character via his memoirs and other activities.

Being human, some use these special powers for their own ends, in hiding, while others want to use them for the good of humanity, while one particular Remillard family problem is a crazed psychopathic killer.

Several alien races have been watching the planet earth for tens of thousands of years, to judge when the humans are mature enough as a species to be admitted to galactic society.

This involves enough of the human race having enhanced mental powers, at an operant, rather than latent level. This is beginning to happen, and pressures are growing.
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There are so many things to like about these books. I love the central character, uncle Rogi, a recalcitrant Everyman with superpowers. I also like the presence of the Catholic church in the midst of science fiction; weird but strangely enjoyable! May was apparently criticised for not being science-y enough in her approach to speculative fiction, yet so many of the projected developments both in technology and world issues, are spot on. Reading this series is like painting the Harbour Bridge - by the time you've finished you just have to turn around and start again.
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I read this novel a long time ago and loved it. When I finally got rid of my personal library of paperbacks(too heavy and bulky!) and began buying eBooks and Kindle editions, Intervention was high on my list of books to re-purchase. Sadly, there are a LOT of typos and errors. I don't know if the publishers even bother to have these things proof-read before they start selling them, but if they do then IMO the proof-reader is incompetent. The 3 stars I have given this book are in recognition of the quality of this alternate history story...two stars subtracted for sloppy work in making the eBook.
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This is the second time I’ve read this book and it’s even better the second time round. Living in a world where we are evolving sounds very science fictioney but this book is about two French/American telepathic brothers who have a falling out, the Italian mafia with an Irish/American telepathic leader, university Parapsychology departments all over the world trying to ease the world into accepting that more and more of our children are born homo superior. Oh yea, don’t forget the all the non-human folks watching us from their invisible space ships.

I still could not put it down.

I bought eight of Julian May's books.

I am surprised that I am enjoying it more on kindle than paper.
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