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The Golden Torc by Julian May

The Golden Torc (original 1981; edition 1982)

by Julian May

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Title:The Golden Torc
Authors:Julian May
Info:Pan MacMillan (1982), Paperback
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Tags:fiction, sf, bibliophil, read, 2005

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The Golden Torc by Julian May (1981)



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I'm rereading a much loved series. And while it is a little dated, it's still a charming series with creative world building and great breadth of vision. Excellent fantasy, set when humans from the future go back to the pliocene era in a one way, one stop time machine and find that there is already a sentient race living there. All sorts of adventures ensue. ( )
  amf0001 | May 18, 2007 |
None of the Tanu are operant metapsychially, they all use the Golden Torc to utilise their powers, or even communicate if they have no powers. They realise they are becoming more and more reliant on human technologists, as their own offspring are becoming very hedonistic. The Tanu king commissions Bryan, the anthropologist of Group Green to do a study on the long term ramifications.

Meanwhile, Claude, Stein, Felice, Amerie and Richard are aligned with the human rebels and alien sympathisers.

Elizabeth Orme, an operant, comes to the attention of Brede, a mystical figure, and Aiken Drum sees opportunity for advancement through the upcoming Grand Combat, where the Tanu and their Firvulag alien opponents get to ritually slaughter each other at an annual sporting contest.

The rebels see this as an opportune time to strike.

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2006/12/galactic-milieu-golden-torc.html ( )
  bluetyson | Dec 8, 2006 |
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Open de deur voor ons en we zullen de boomgaarden zien
we zullen het koude water drinken dat door de maan is aangeraakt.
De lange wegen branden, vijandig tegenover reizigers.
We zwerven onwetend rond en vinden nergens plaats...

Voor ons ligt de deur; hoe zinloos iets te wensen
veel beter keren wij, verlaten alle hoop.
Wij zullen daar nooit binnengaan. Het zien ervan maakt moedeloos.
De deur, die opening, laat zoveel stilte los,

dat noch de boomgaarden noch enige bloem zichtbaar worden;
enkel de immense ruimte vol leegte en licht
was toch plotseling overal aanwezig, overstroomde het hart
en spoelde ogen schoon die door het stof al haast waren verblind.

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Voor Barbara
verzorgster, redactrice en stuurvrouwe
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The dragonfly hovered, a golden spark, just above the bare mast of the motionless boat.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330267191, Paperback)

Exiled beyond the time-portal into the world of six million years ago, the misfits of the 22nd century are enmeshed in the age-old war of two alien races. In this strange world, each year brings the ritual combat between the Firvulag and the Tanu. This is the sequel to "The Many-Coloured Land".

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A small group journeyed through a time-gate into Europe's prehistoric past. Yet this supposedly unspoilt sanctuary holds two alien races locked in combat. In a world where the human-like Tanu have the upper hand, Elizabeth Orme soon encounters trouble. When they find she possesses rare mind powers, they want her for their own. She won't be used as a pawn in a Tanu versus Firvulag war, but Aiken Drum can't wait to get involved. Aiken discovers the Tanu's mind-enhancing torcs have given him his own powerful abilities. And it's not long before he devises a plan to challenge the Tanu's leader - for rule of the Many-Coloured Land itself. But another faction seeks the slaughter of all humans, and he stands in their path.… (more)

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