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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian May Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Saga of Pliocene Exile Release Date:
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This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth—with a liberal dash of hard science fiction.

When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million BC, was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years.

In the early twenty-second century, many humans are being born with psychic powers and are linked in a single galactic mind. Those without these psychic powers—the misfits, undesirables, criminals, and radicals—have a choice: mental reprogramming or exile. Exile, voluntary or otherwise, takes them back six million years, to a time between the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of Homo sapiens, and to a time of exotic surprises and unknown dangers.

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  • “As fresh and original as any book in the field, The Many-Colored Land, the deservedly acclaimed first novel in a series of series, takes readers on an amazing journey from the distant future to the distant past, using unexpected routes all along the way…May’s triumphs here include a tremendously original premise; fast-paced storytelling that defies predictability; and a sympathetic and well-rendered cast of characters who hold your attention throughout this whole high adventure…If you haven’t passed through Julian May’s time portal yet, well, hop in. There’s always room for one more.”


  • The Many-Colored Land is the first volume of one of the most impressive science fiction series I have read. Characters with a deep, vivid individuality enact an exciting story…A writer who knows how to blend source and imagination to an astonishing degree. The allure of Julian May’s fantasy and science fiction inventions are so powerful I find it impossible to ‘read just one.”


  • Winner of the 1982 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 1982 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1982 Nebula Award Nominee

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilyn | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting sci-fi, where humans go back 6 million years. I plan to read the other two in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by AmbushPredator | 2/10/2014

    " As captivating now as the first time I read it (actually, the second - I started it, couldn't get into it at first, and abandoned it for some months) this ebook version is most welcome, since my original paperback copies are now sadly tattered and dog-eared. With Tor's recent release of 'Intervention', I hope I might be able to 'replace' the hardback copies of the Galactic Mileau series too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 1/8/2014

    " There are so many characters and so many histories to bring together before the story could really get going that I found this slow in the beginning. But it was well worth sticking with it. I liked the premise of the book best, a different take for a time travel book. The characters are fun but not particularly deep. It took time to get attached but fair warning, the author is not afraid to kill off characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yorkshiresoul | 12/30/2013

    " Re-reading one of my all time favourite series. I love the way May intertwined sci-fi and fantasy with a rollicking good plot. "

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