The many-colored land

By Julian May

It is a spellbinding story woven of equivalent elements epic and myth--with a liberal sprint of challenging technological know-how fiction.

while a one-way time tunnel to Earth's far away earlier, in particular six million B.C., was once found through fogeys at the Galactic Milieu, each misfit for light-years round moved quickly to go through it. each one sought his personal model of happiness. yet none may have guessed what awaited them. no longer even in 1000000 years.

within the early twenty-second century, many people are being born with psychic powers and are associated in one galactic brain. these with out those psychic powers--the misfits, undesirables, criminals, and radicals--have a decision: psychological reprogramming or exile. Exile, voluntary or differently, takes them again six million years, to a time among the extinction of dinosaurs and the increase of Homo sapiens, and to a time of unique surprises and unknown risks.

THE SAGA OF PLIOCENE EXILE sequence includes:
. . . and do not omit A PLIOCENE COMPANION

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