Julian MayJulian May
) is a science fiction
writer, best known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile
(British series title, Saga of the Exiles
) and Galactic Milieu
books. She grew up in Chicago
, and became involved in science fiction fandom
in her late teens. She sold her first professional fiction, a short story
called "Dune Roller", in 1951 to John W. Campbell
's Astounding Science Fiction
. She met her future husband, Ted Dikty
, later that year when he requested permission to reprint the story in his anthology series; they were married in 1952
. She chaired the Tenth World Science Fiction Convention
in Chicago that same year. After selling one more short story, "Star of Wonder" (to Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1953
), she dropped out of the science fiction field.
During the 1950s, May wrote thousands of science articles for the World Book encyclopedia. In 1957 she and her husband founded a production and editorial service for small publishers, specializing in children's non-fiction. Between 1957 and 1981 she wrote more than one hundred books for children and young adults, all non-fiction, under her own names and a variety of pseudonyms.
In 1981 she returned to science fiction with the Saga of Pliocene Exile, published in the U.S. by Houghton Mifflin. The Saga tells the adventures of a group of twenty-second-century time travelers who pass through a one-way time machine into the Pliocene epoch, expecting a pre-technological paradise only to find that the Earth is already occupied by a race of humanoid aliens from another galaxy.
- Julian May, A Pliocene Companion (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984), pp. 181-207. ISBN 0-395-36516-3.