In the year , Earth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody—or something—known only as "Fury" wanted them out of the way. Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew Marc, the greatest metapsychic yet born on Earth, knew about Fury. But even they were powerless to stop it when it began to kill off Remillards and other metapsychic operants—and all the suspects were Remillards themselves. Meanwhile, a Remillard son was born, a boy who could represent the future of all humanity. Julian May was born in Chicago in
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Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody--or something--known only as "Fury" wanted them out of the way. Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew In the year , Earth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew Marc, the greatest metapsychic yet born on Earth, knew about Fury.
But even they were powerless to stop it when it began to kill off Remillards and other metapsychic operants--and all the suspects were Remillards themselves. Meanwhile, a Remillard son was born, a boy who could represent the future of all humanity. His incredible mind was more powerful even than his brother Marc's--but he was destined to be desroyed by his own DNA From the Paperback edition.
Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published April 27th by Del Rey Books first published More Details Original Title. Galactic Milieu Trilogy 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jack the Bodiless , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 24, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: speculative-fiction , read-in , fantasy , female-authors. So when I found the first two books of her Galactic Milieu trilogy at my local used book shop, I grabbed them fast and headed directly to the till.
I think what surprised me is that none of those POVs are female, and that to me was one of the strengths of the Pliocene Saga. There was also a lot of religious discussion done as Teresa and Uncle Rogi explaining things to Jack. May is at her best when she is dealing with interpersonal dynamics and intergalactic politics.
Still, I will read the second book and then decide whether to keep looking for the third one. View 2 comments. Apr 13, CD rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , all-time-favorite , fantasy. I got hooked on this series and this entry, the first, did the trick.
An unexpected story line that works really well even if you figure it all out in the first few pages. Very technical and intricate but leaves you wanting a lot more detail about all the powers that these characters possess and struggle with as an essential plot line.
The whole of the Remillard clan come across in human terms that strongly balances the obvious differences that makes them 'not like the others'. If you start this T I got hooked on this series and this entry, the first, did the trick. If you start this Trilogy, just plan now on reading much of May's other works as well including the Pliocene books.
Or quit after the first three and avoid some disappointments. Should you be looking around after having randomly read another of this authors works, look no further than the story of Jack for a great and engaging story that will entertain you on multiple levels from readability to engrossing entertainment. There are few books of the lighter genre's that I am terribly effusive over, and this is one that truly has my vote as a Goodread.
Feb 29, Mara Ness rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Galactic Milieu is probably my favourite series ever. I re-read all of them including the prequels Surveillance and Metaconcert every few years or so and they never disappoint.
In my opinion, one of the strengths of this series is its characterisation. In some places the writing gets a bit tedious I don't particularly Galactic Milieu is probably my favourite series ever. In some places the writing gets a bit tedious I don't particularly care how much cheese etc. Other than that, I absolutely loved it. The intricate plot, the brilliant characterisation A must-read, in my opinion.
Jun 25, Rod Lindsey rated it it was amazing. I first got this book, not knowing what it was about, because the title was interesting. I now own three copies, one a first edition, another a signed, numbered readers-edition.
It is that good. On my first read, when it was over, I was hopeful for humanity, that someone could still write a book that good. I just re-read it and got goose bumps at the end. So very worth your time as a reader. Apr 12, Brad Oster rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the best series I have read. Though I read it back in the 80's, I have since re-read it a couple of times and I still find it engaging. Personal tastes I suppose Jan 01, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. May 29, Joy rated it it was amazing. Grand Master Marc Remillard is summoned by his little brother from days away across the galaxy, and he obeys. Marc is thirteen years old, but his mind powers are so strong he thought no one could coerce him — until Jack.
Unless Marc can help, he may never be born. A genetic assay shows Jack has so many lethal genes his body would be hopelessly ill, and if the Government has its way, he will be aborted as soon as he is discovered. Marc is determined that a mind as strong Grand Master Marc Remillard is summoned by his little brother from days away across the galaxy, and he obeys.
He thinks that logic, not love for Jack and his mother, rules his choice. Marc, his mother Teresa, and their Uncle Rogi are risking the death penalty by hiding the pregnancy.
The reason they hope to survive is that the harsh alien government is scheduled to end before Jack is born, and humans are due to take over their own governance. Someone among the Remillards is conducting a campaign to kill people who endanger the high Remillard destiny. It has devoted slaves, collectively known as Hydra, who do the actual killing. As long as no one knows who is carrying Fury, none of the most powerful Remillards can be trusted. The political implications could be deadly.
But for some unknown reason the Lylmik, the overlords of the Galactic Milieu, unwaveringly protect the Remillards. Dominating this story is Jack. It is all brilliantly imagined. I felt there was a bit too much philosophical exposition in the conversations between Jack and his mother, but there is humor, too.
Jack and Marc are both youngsters — towering intellects doing their best to relate in a society not designed for them. It would be a shame for such a loving heart to be outcast. The entire nine-book cycle is a high-momentum, intelligent, pleasantly complex, movingly human ride, and I strongly recommend you get the full enjoyment of it by starting at the beginning. Read 5 times Jul 18, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing.
As with "Intervention" May focuses on the Remillard family by now having expanded quite a bit and more specifically their quirky uncle Rogi, who is telling the story at the behest of an entity he calls the Family Ghost.
The Remillards are a family of extremely capable psychics or "operants" as the series calls them and by genetic luck are also like those elves from "Lord of the Rings" apparently immortal unless you go and drive a truck over them or light them on fire.
Jack the Bodiless, Julian May
Taking place nearly 40 years after the events of Intervention, it again focuses on the Remillard family and is told, in part, as a memoir written by Rogatien Remillard. And, as in the Intervention duology, drunk Uncle Rogi is the best. May is not-so-gently poking fun at these particularly hoary tropes of SF I especially love the scene in the Krondaku settlement at the Galactic settlement. The heart of this book, though, is taken up with the clandestine pregnancy of Teresa Kendall, the birth of Jon Jack Remillard, the adolescence of Marc Remillard, and the birth and growth of Fury and Hydra. One of the conditions of being accepting into the Galactic Milieu was the imposition of reproductive restrictions that I think most people would find onerous and oppressive—basically, if you have a defective genome as decided by the Simbiari , no kids for you. Also death penalty time for anyone who helps you out. Teresa, after having four children and a number of stillbirths and then forced abortions has become secretly pregnant after being prohibited from future pregnancies by the Simbiari.
JACK THE BODILESS
The Remillard family saga continues, as the death of the evil Vic somehow generates two evil successors—the mysterious Fury and the five-part Hydra; Fury is intent on destroying humanity's strengthening links with the Milieu, while the psycho-vampire Hydra, controlled by Fury, goes round draining its victims of life- force. Meanwhile, in defiance of Milieu-imposed eugenics laws, Teresa decides to bear another child; she's helped by her son, young super-operant Marc, and old uncle Rogi he's instructed and aided by a super-powerful disembodied alien Lylmik. The baby, Jack, turns out to be a super-duper operant but a genetic wreck, and must psychically save himself from death by cancer; Marc is tempted by Fury's megalomaniac notions; Hydra five Remillard youngsters is unmasked but escapes; we never find out who Fury is. Okay for series fans, with well-handled operant ideas and an abundance of Remillards; but overlong, patchy, and frustratingly inconclusive for everyone else. A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the classic.
Galactic Milieu Series
The series involves several religious and philosophical themes, including references to the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. May calls Intervention a vinculum , or link-tale, between the Saga of Pliocene Exile and the Milieu trilogy proper. However, it is a near-essential introduction to the Milieu trilogy as well as a balanced stand-alone work. The series includes multiple references to the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ,  including the concepts of the Omega Point and the Noosphere ,  which are applied to May's description of galactic mental Unity.