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Julian May Books In Order

Publication Order of Pliocene Exiles Books

The Many-Coloured Land (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Torc (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nonborn King (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adversary (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Intervention Books

The Surveillance (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Metaconcert (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Galactic Milieu Books

Jack the Bodiless (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diamond Mask (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magnificat (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rampart World Books

Perseus Spur (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orion Arm (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sagittarius Whorl (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Boreal Moon Books

Conqueror's Moon (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ironcrown Moon (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sorcerer's Moon (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Land Beneath the Sea (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gazeteer of the Hyborian World of Conan (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Robots and Thinking Machines (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There's Adventure in Atomic Energy (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Julian May was born on July 10, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois and was the oldest of four kids. As a child, she was known as Judy May; which she would alter and use as one of her pen names (Judy Ditky). Her parents are named Matthew May (his full last name was Majewski) and Julia Feilen May. She grew up in Elmwood Park, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. For awhile, she published a fanzine called “Interim Newsletter” after getting into the science fiction fandom in her late teens. She sold her very first story in 1950 to John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction, the story was called “Dune Roller”. The story appeared the next year (published under the name J. C. May) along with her own illustrations. She chaired a World Science Fiction Convention (the tenth, which was held in Chicago) in the year 1952. In the year 2015, she was inducted into First Fandom’s Hall of Fame that took place at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. From 1953, until his death, she was married to Thaddeus “Ted” Ditky, who was one of the earliest anthologists of science fiction stories. The couple met in 1951 when they both went to a science fiction convention. The couple had three children, the youngest was born in the year 1958.

Julian May has written the “Saga of the Pliocene Exile” series, the “Galactic Milieu” trilogy, the “Intervention” series, and the “Rampart Worlds” series. Her work is from the horror, science, fantasy, science fiction, and children’s genres. From 1956 until 1981, she wrote over 250 books for kids and young adult (mainly that are non-fiction works). Julian May wrote both under her own name and many pen names; she has written novels and short stories.

She sold a story called “Star of Wonder” in 1953; and for over twenty years, she did not write any science fiction, but would return to the genre by the late seventies. She wrote many encyclopedia articles as well, especially during her time out of the science fiction field. Then, when her and her family moved to Oregon, she started to get back into the science fiction fandom. It was in the year 1976 that she went to Westercon 29 (which was held in Los Angeles) and tried to come up with ideas for a series of novels. This was due to her wearing a space suit with diamonds encrusted on it and she tried to figure out why someone would wear such a suit. It was here that she wrote both the “Saga of Pliocene Exile” and the “Galactic Milieu” series (which are both set in the same universe).

“Dune Roller” was made into a movie that was called “The Cremators”, and was released in 1972. She was credited as Judy Ditky.

“Jack the Bodiless” is the first novel in the “Galactic Milieu” series and was released in the year 1991. The year is 2051 and Earth is close to being accepted as a full member of the Galactic Milieu; it is something that is a bunch of worlds, spread throughout the whole galaxy. Remillard is a powerful family that leads humanity, but something, only known as “Fury” would like to take them out. Rogi Remillard is the only one powerful enough alien in the whole Milieu and Marc (Rogi’s nephew and also the greatest metapsychic on Earth) that knew that Fury even existed. They too were powerless to stop it from killing off the Remillards and some other metapsychic operants. The only suspects were from the Remillards family. There is a Remillard son born that might just solve all the problems and be the future of all of humanity. He has an incredible mind, one that is even more powerful than even Marc’s (his brother). His destiny is to be destroyed by his own DNA. Unless Fury gets to him first.

Fans of the novel found that they had gotten hooked from the first few pages and wanted to read everything else that May has written in her long and wonderful writing career. Some find that they go back and re-read the books every few years, and the books hold up every single time that they read them. Fans find that they picked up the book, not knowing what to expect, and they were blown away that someone could write something like this. This is not just a series to read, but one that readers will read and re-read throughout the years.

“Diamond Mask” is the second novel in the “Galactic Milieu” series and was released in the year 1994. It is nearing the end of the twenty-first century and the metapsychic part of humankind is close to achieving Unity (or becoming part of the other unified alien races that makes up the Galactic Milieu). There are some rebels, who are growing strong in numbers, that are trying to keep Earth people separate in an attempt to keep their own individuality. Fury is their very own secret supporter. Fury is the one that wants to go to any lengths to claim humanity for its own uses. Jack the Bodiless is Fury’s biggest enemy, and Jack is a mutant genius and it has power that Fury wants. Jack is not going to work for Fury at all. Dorothea MacDonald (a young woman, also called “Diamond Mask”), who hides her powers from the best mind readers the Milieu has. She has strong mind powers, and is unable to hide them from Fury or Jack for that matter. She rejects all of their advances, as she is not willing to be pulled into whatever it is that they have going on. Megalomaniacal dreams or galactic politics. Not one person, the Milieu, or Jack, or Fury is able to stand up to the strong powers that Dorothea has.

Fans of the novel find that the characters and the relationships that they have with each other are so strong that you almost forget there is a story being told here. They are well drawn and rich and deep with certain quirks that will blend well with humankind’s always changing destiny. She even makes the settings of the novels fabulous. This is yet another winner from a great writer, especially from this very series. This is a series that May is able to bring right to life for the reader.

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