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Under the Acacia Tree

(or, how a cave in Pliocene France sheltered the good and the bad)


1. Madame Angelique Guderian


Madame Angelique Guderian is the widow of Theo Guderian, who in the year 2034 invented the one-way time portal to Pliocene France, six million years ago. For the rest of his life, Theo believed the portal in his cellar was an oddity with little value.


Only in 2041, when a visitor begs the widowed Madame Guderian for permission to use the portal, does she see actual value in it… and a way to pay off debts and discreetly earn an income. She welcomes people to the new L’Auberge du Portail… and not everyone that enters, checks out again.



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Oct. 11th, 2017 09:59 pm
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Well, here is my Julian May Exiles / Milieu book collection. Of all the books I've read over the years, this is the one series I've had to buy replacement copies of every so often, because I've read them so much.

My 'Many Coloured Land' is actually a 25th anniversary edition. I've got a few copies of the recent reprints - the 'Non Born King' was actually bought at a library sale (I was actually miffed that the library was trying to ditch it so quickly). I do love the UK covers by Stephen Bradbury, and I'm planning to write an upcoming blog post about them.

The Pliocene Companion is essential reading, if only for the missing scene from 'The Adversary' where Marc gives Elizabeth a tiny golden torc - and sounds seriously besotted with her, too. No, it's not too hot in here...

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On Nick Dudman's website, there is a new promotional picture for 'The Exiles', his TV development of the 'Pliocene Exile' books.

There's a photo of the pilot script / bible for the series, with the tagline 'Free the past to save the Future'. Hmm.

*tries to reach through screen to read pilot script*
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Here is a link to 'Pliocene Morning', a nice piano / instrumental song written about "evoking an early morning vista on the Rhone Valley".
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As a Doctor Who fan I will be looking forward to the Christmas special and seeing Peter Capaldi for the last time (sniff). He was one of my favourite Doctors.

Sometimes I would look at Peter on the screen and think, thick curly grey hair (check), deep set grey eyes (check), dramatic eyebrows (check), charming smile - when it appeared (check). If he was taller and more muscular, he could have played Marc Remillard in the Exiles era.

My fantasy casting of Milieu-era Marc will always be Rufus Sewell as he appeared in 'A Knights Tale'. Especially when he was in full armour on horseback, looking badass with his black curly hair...
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I recently found some art that reminded me of the scene at the end of 'The Adversary' when Marc & Elizabeth finish their D-jumping...

The artist does lovely Lord of the Rings art as well. :)
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Galactic Milieu/Saga of the Exiles
  • Type 0: Normals. Uncle Rogi as he appears.
  • Type 1: Felice Landry before acquiring a torc. Most metapsychic operants, some latents, grey torcs, many silver torcs, chalikos, bear-dogs. The non-Remillard Hydra units.
  • Type 2: Most Tanu and Firvulag, some operants and silver torcs, Squishy Wizard masterclass operants and Grand Masters who only specialise in farsense. Most gold torcs. Remillard Dynasty members and senior associates.
  • Type 3: High ranking Firvulag (Sharn, Pallol, etc.), high ranking Tanu (Nodonn Battlemaster, Kuhal Earthshaker, etc.), some gold torcs (Mercy Rosmar, Gomez Nolan, especially Aiken Drum, and Felice in their early stages), Brede Shipspouse, some masterclass operants. Hydra as a unit, Grand Masters.
  • Type 4: Paramont Grandmasters, Fury, Marc Remillard, Jack the Bodiless, Diamond Mask, Elizabeth Orme, Aiken Drum at the start of Book 3 and ESPECIALLY late in Book 4, Lylmik, Living Ships.
  • Type 5: Exceptionally large metaconcerts. Marc Remillard in his x600 psycho-enhancing cryogenic suit, Marc Remillard as Atoning Unifex, Felice Landry at peak power. Uncle Rogi at peak output, only achieved a few times under extreme duress.
  • Type 7: The Cosmic All.

I snaffled the above from TV Tropes*  -

I think it's interesting how Uncle Rogi goes from Type 0 (normals) to Type 5 when under stress. To be honest, I think he should have been put in Type 1, as he did have some mindpowers he was able to access without having to be in a fight-or-flight state.

Marc has quite a few tropes applied to him at TV Tropes, most notably 'Magnificent B**stard', 'Well-Intentioned Extremist' and 'Evilutionary Biologist'. Brr.  It is pointed out that Aiken Drum is also a MB, but since Marc is older he's a bit more uh, experienced.

*TV Tropes is a friendly black hole disguised as a website that will suck you in, and you'll wonder where all those hours went.

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"Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell" - Carrie Fisher


May. 27th, 2017 04:46 pm
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I recently saw 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' which left me wishing yet again that I had my own spaceship that could play '70's rock and whatever else I felt like. I looked at my music and made my own list of 'Spaceship Music (To Play Really Loudly Going Past Something i.e. Mars)

All I Need is a Miracle           Mike and the Mechanics
Always on My Mind              Pet Shop Boys
Calling Elvis                          Dire Straits
Don’t Stop Me Now              Queen
Fastlove                                 George Michael
Goodness Gracious               Ellie Goulding
Good Times                          Jimmy Barnes
Help is on Its Way                 Little River Band
It’s My Life                            No Doubt
Maxine                                  Sharon O’Neill
Sowing the Seeds of Love     Tears for Fears
Sunset over Indus                  Eastern Grooves
Valerie                                  Steve Winwood

Since this is supposed to be a torcs_and_timegates post, I'll say how I like that music plays a part in the Exiles / Milieu universe. Notably, that when two telepaths connect their minds in a metaconcert, it creates music (mostly classical, it seems) based on the people. A good example is when Jack the Bodiless has a metaconcert with Diamond Mask, he remarks that their music sounds like Bach. He then says that when he's in a metaconcert with his brother Marc, it sounds Wagnerian (*which is not foreshadowing at all, of course).

Teresa Kendall, the mother of Marc and Jack, was an opera singer whose voice captivated Paul Remillard when he attended one of her concerts. Reading this in 'Jack the Bodiless' reminded me of 'Phantom of the Opera' when Raoul de Chagny hears Christine Daae for the first time at the Paris Opera. Like Paul, Raoul is from a good family. There is no third party to make it a angst-filled love triangle with falling chandeliers, but the angst comes later on from Paul being constantly unfaithful to Teresa, whose unhappiness affects her voice. She sang about tragic heroines in opera, and it could be argued she became one herself.

You could say a Phantom of the Opera makes an appearance... for a moment Uncle Rogi sees Marc / AU gently kiss his mother goodbye on her deathbed (I'm not crying, you are).

* Wagner has quite a bit of 'It All Ends in Fire!1!' music

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On Nick Dudman's website, there is a new promotional painting / picture for 'The Exiles', his TV development of the 'Pliocene Exile' books.

It's called 'Felice at the Ship's Grave' and shows her standing from a distance looking towards the crater lake (presumably looking forward to getting her own gold torc).

It looks quite dramatic. I've always had a soft spot for the Ship; it was a living spaceship bonded to Brede Shipspouse, and gave its life to find the Tanu / Firvulag a new home. The Ship's Grave is based on the Ries, a meteor crater that surrounds a German city north of the Danube.

Moar pics plz!
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Snaffled from nineveh_uk

the character I least understand
Bryan following Mercy into Exile. She left you and her whole life behind when she went to Exile, dude. There was no forwarded message for you.

interactions I enjoyed the most
Aiken constant snark towards Marc – talk about the Connecticut Yankee facing off with the dark Merlin!

the character who scares me the most

the character who is mostly like me
Uncle Rogi – I love books and I’ve been a librarian. Running my own sci-fi / fantasy bookshop with obligatory cat (that I wasn’t allergic to) would be wonderful.

hottest looks character
Marc, post-college.

one thing I dislike about my fave character
Uncle Rogi hiding in the bottle when things got tough. Although I can’t blame him for doing so.

one thing I like about my hated character
I did laugh when Fury mistook AU / Marc for god (and I can just imagining the face-palming AU did afterwards).

a quote or scene that haunts me

Which ones to choose from? Amerie making the sign of the cross as a heart-broken Richard takes off in his spaceship with his dead love Martha always gets me.

a death that left me indifferent
Donatien’s death. What a douchebag. There’s the suggestion that he tried to haunt Rogi afterwards and possibly an annoyed AU told him to scram.

a character I wish died but didn’t

my ship that never sailed
Elizabeth / Creyn – they could have made such a team and he did love her.


May. 18th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Hello and welcome to torcs_and_timegates, a community for fans of Julian May, science-fiction author, and her worlds.

This is an interesting time for Julian May fans, with production by Nick Dudman underway to televise the Saga of the Exiles (as 'The Exiles'). Nick has been involved with the Harry Potter series, so I'm sure he'll bring a touch of magic to the Saga.

A bit about myself - I have been an Exiles / Milieu fan for 20 years (wow) and started reading 'The Many Coloured Land', the first in the series, not long after 'Magnificat', the last in the series, was published. I remember thinking that TMCL was a bit slow at the start, but then half way through it took off.

I ended up binge-reading the rest of the series from the library and then raced off to buy my own copies. Today they have pride of place on my bookshelf and I've had to replace a few over the years. The series was re-issued a few years ago and a few of my books are the new versions.

PS: This blog will assume you've read the whole Exiles / Saga series from cover to cover (possibly umpteen times like me), so there will be no spoiler warnings.

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