(((SEE NEW FANTASY SERIES BELOW THIS)))
is also an exellent link for more on the Saga, including the Guilds and Leaders of the Pliocene past.
So we waited and we waited.
The story was over and yet…….
There appeared to be another story, or maybe something to be explained.
There was of course the Rebellion where Marc had such a part to play.
What led to that rebellion?
What made Marc the most dangerous (and hated) man of the 21st century?
Why was he to become known as “The angel of the Abyss”, “Abaddon”, the meta-psychic enigma.
Why was Diamond Mask called “Blessed”, and Jon (Marc’s brother) called “Saint” Jack?
What was the sequel of Marc and Elizabeth’s life. What did they do in the Duat Galaxy?
We waited and then “Intervention” told part of the story, but the last two words of that book
threw us all into a state of even more confusion.
Eight years, and then two more and then another one and the whole story was told.
We meet “Fury”, and the “Hydra”, but who are
Above all, we meet Uncle Rogi Remillard and his “ghost” who will tell us between them, the tale of Intervention, and the last three stories:
Jack’s birth and strange life,
Dorothea McDonald’s almost stranger existence behind a mask of mental silence and her meeting with Jon.
the telling of the Rebellion itself ending with a quotation from the Book of Daniel.
It is a story of supreme love, of loyalty and
goodness, and gross inexorable evil;
And yet, essentially it is the story of one man, the most dangerous man who ever lived
and the one without whom none of the events of the eight books would ever have been told, not because he led the Rebellion,
but because he went back to the Earth of pre-history and became............
Perhaps “Intervention” will tell us…
between the Saga
JACK THE BODILESS
This is the story of Jon Remillard, Marc’s brother; Saint Jack (the bodiless)
, my favorite.
It is also the story of the birth of the entity known as “Fury”, (born again from Victor, (“inevitably”)
and it’s assistants) “the Hydra”.
It continues the tale of the Remillard family including Marc’s early life.
And already he is dangerous!
She was never beautiful, especially after the accident, but I had fallen in love with her even before I read her story.
“She was called so many different names…and that too was part of her mask.”
She was Dorothea Mary Strachan MacDonald, but to the Lylmic she was Illusio, the evasive one, and to Ti-Jean she was just ‘Diamond’.
This is her story and the motive FROM THE AUTHOR'S POINT OF VIEW, for all that has gone before.
When you come to pages 188 to 193 you may find it difficult not to cry, as I did!
“And all is always now” - T.S.Eliot
The final chapter! “Inevitably”! The circle is complete.
I have always believed that “Time” is a trick
devised by “le bon Dieu” to explain to us mere mortals how “Eternity”
works. T.S.Eliot’s “Four Quartets” goes a long way in trying to explain
it, and it is appropriate, perhaps, that the final quotation at the very end of
the book is from this poem. As Malama says on page 11: “past present and
future form a seamless whole”, so it is with the ‘Saga’ and the ‘Trilogy’;
Time, even 6,000,000 years, is but a drop in the ocean of Eternity.
*[-- King James Version --
Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.]
AFTER MAGNIFICAT - a letter to J.M.
I was always terrified it would be a disappointment, but it wasn't.
I stopped crying about half an hour ago. I think it was the passage from Daniel that finished me, but it's not the first time...oh no....
So it's time to say thank you.
Thank you for the tears, and the laughs and the sadness and the mind reaming you exerted on me.
Thank you for the sheer pleasure of it, and the beauty and the good and the evil and the language both lyrical and profane! Thank you for the entertainment and the mystery and the fantasy and the sexiness of it. (what's got into you recently?!)
Thank you for the philosophy and the faith and the 'Faith'...(one of my favourite passages is the equation: Unity = Trinity...brilliant....!)...and the science, fictional and factual.
I was moved and shocked and riveted and puzzled and I split my sides, and wept till I could weep no more. (Diamond's redaction of her father.)
Yes, thank you for the love and the hate as well.
Some questions if I may? What is the relevance of "Gaudete", or did I miss something?, i.e. What is Gaudete Sunday ?
There is a statue of Kahul mentioned, with reference to those who returned from exile, but the relevance is never mentioned again, or why the statue was erected?
(sorry I have just read it again and I realise it was only for the Dartmouth festival.) Which leads me on to whether there is a hint of more to come in the final words of dear Uncle Rogi? How happy for him, now that Elaine has returned...a nice touch! The work of a certain Lylmik I presume?
What happened to Felice, or is that a red herring provided by your devious, (yet beautiful) mind.
Was she waiting in the Pliocene just to make us think she might reappear or had she really a connection with the carbuncle as you hint at in Magnificat?
Perhaps you will not answer me, but can you blame me for wanting to know?
One more strange thing, or perhaps not so, but I had read T.S Eliot's "Four Quartets" many times, long before I read any of your novels, and even in the early stages of reading "The Exiles", I was often pulled up by the thought that much of his work fitted in with the plot of the whole great story which would finally come full circle in the "Milieu" trilogy, and then as if to confirm my feelings, you end with that most apt quotation from his poem.
I had the pleasure of meeting you in Dublin, (Ireland, not N.H.) when you read some of "Diamond" to us in Trinity College. I was the elderly one who never stopped asking stupid questions. That was after I had written to you, even before "Jack" came out, wondering if we would hear more about Marc, soon.
It is with great sadness that I must conclude. There are no words of mine that can adequately express my gratitude to you for all the splendid entertainment you have provided me, and, indeed, so many of my friends.
I feel like finishing with the words of a famous Vulcan..."live long" etc., but I won't. That would reveal that I also enjoy another space opera of a far inferior intellectual significance than your own exquisite work.
So I shall just say "slán agus beannacht" to you and your cats.
And hope that maybe..............? ***
For anyone who wishes to see the reply to this letter, please email me.
Also here is my answer to one of the requests for the "reply".
Quote from interview:
MJ: What about higher mind functions. Do you believe that they exist?
JM: Certainly not to the extent in which they are described in my books. I do believe that people currently hold these abilities, but to a limited extent. We have people who are healers and those who posses a certain animal magnetism. The potential is certainly there.
MJ: There seemed to be a lot of loose ends at the end of Magnificat. Will there be another book? I thought you might write more on the Pliocene Exiles, especially Marc and Elizabeth’s years in the Duat Galaxy.
JM: No. I wont be writing any more books in the Milieu universe. The oeuvre is complete and more would be too much
The Eliot Connection
Prepares for heat and silence.
Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides.
I am here Or there, or elsewhere.
In my beginning.
What is the late November
years before Julian May, I had read, (and re-read), T.S.Eliot’s
anybody were to ask me what the May books were about, I would say
An unpardonable and heinous sin.
thought of these three headings, it was not surprising that,
all, they are about one man, as you now know, but throughout the
is the same road up and down”. “Time is always now”, and is always
I hope you enjoy them.
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The final word (almost)
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has its place, no doubt, but we cannot refuse our support to a serious venture
which challenges the whole of the personality. If we oppose it, we are trying
to suppress what is best in man - his daring and his aspirations.
And should we succeed, we should only have stood in the way
of that invaluable experience which might have given a meaning to life.
What would have happened if Paul had allowed
himself to be talked out of his journey to Damascus?
Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist. Collected Works, vol. 11,
"Psychotherapists or the Clergy" (ed. by William McGuire, 1958).
"Every light is a shade, compared to the higher lights, till you come to the sun; and every shade is a light, compared to the deeper shades, till you come to the night."
—John Ruskin, 1879.
Very true, but do you want proof?
The most fascinating illusion of them all