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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, sf, bibliophil, read, 2005, A081, A136

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The Golden Torc by Julian May (1981)



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The Golden Torc follows the wonderful start of this Pliocene Exile series, The Many-Colored Land. This book is just as good as the first. Humans in the near future have been discovered by the aliens of the Galactic Milieu. This 'intervention' was precipitated by the development of active mental powers in humans. The aliens have a benevolent galactic 'Unity', or mental collective. However - not all humans fit in, as usual. A time portal back to a specific location and time is discovered, back to the Pliocene Era. Unfortunately aliens from another galaxy arrived first and the humans that go back in time must contend against them.
In this second book, the humans and aliens try to find a balance. Some want to go back, others want to be left alone and others want to live in peace. There's also a new faction - a group of renegade human operants from the future.
I found these books to be excellent in setting and plot. They aren't overly heavy on details or characters. The characters are bold and memorable and the setting is very, very well done. One of my favorite books. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 26, 2015 |
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 |
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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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