Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #10


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Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #10


Science Ficition Fanzine


A fanzine centered around the Sime Gen Universe.


Ann Pinzow, Jean Airey, Judy Segal, Kerry Schaefer


Georgia Tech Archives: Science Fiction Fanzines Collection:




Mani Japra, Collin Richards, Emmanuel Fregene, Ella Sivertsen


Copyright 1984 by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. All rights reserved to Jacqueline Lichten- berg except where otherwise noted and arranged by prior agreement. All original artwork remains the property of its creator. All letters received by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Anne Pinzow, Jean Airey, or Kerry Schaefer will be considered potentially publishable material and will be treated as such, unless the writer specifically requests they not be quoted. Publication does not constitute endorsement by the staff of Ambrov Zeor.




Science Fiction





Letter from Jean Lorrah to Halkan Council: (#17, April 1976)

I've just read House piZeor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. The novel grabs me at gut
level, and I respond whether I want to or not. However, I would like to make two
comments; first, the theme is presumably that mankind cannot survive if we continue
our "us and them” mentality. Yet the novel perpetuates that mentality in two ways.
First it is the old' men versus womeri; despite the inclusion of Evahee, the women in
the novel are there to provide children, to be raped, or to be killed. I could expound
further on this, but I think almost anyone can see it if he looks for it, and the most
obvious example is in the last pages, when Hugh is ready to hand Aisha over. to Klyd

if he wants her (and Klyd's attitude is ambiguous; he might have accepted her if she
hadn't fainted). Yes, I know this is supposed to be an example of the new relationship
between the men, but really! The second example is that, in trying to show that the
relationship between Hugh and Klyd. is not homosexual, Lichtenberg goes to the extreme
of introducing a homosexual, Narvoon, and creating another ”us and them" between the
straight Simes and him.

Second, I would like to pose a question: why is it that women writers write about close
relationships between men instead of close relationships between women? LeGuin,
Bradley, Lichtenberg, and all of us fan writers who have lovingly detailed the Kirk-
Spock relationship. Anyone want to suggest why we do this? After all, experience
should tell us that when men in real life become close to one another, they shut us

out (and Hugh is willing to hand Aisha over to Klyd. . . ).

Letter from Jacqueline Lichtenberg to Halkan Council: (not yet published)

Jean Lorrah's comments on House £223 move me to answer. Fascinating that it
"grabs" her at gut level and she responds whether she wants to or not. This is, of

course, just about the single most coveted praise a writer can receive - on par with
"I stayed up 'till 5am reading the damn thing!"

HoZ doesn't, to my way of thinking, perpetuate the male chauvinist mentality in any way
at all. I describes it without comment. It takes recognition of the ORIGINS of male
chauvinism. In a subsistence economy, where the belt buckle is to the backbone, child-
bearing is the only role women have the capacity for. I don't mean that women can't
function on any other level, Imean that since women must do what men cannot do, they
haven't enough left over after childbearing] rearing to do anything else.

The Sime series is not a male chauvinist series. Nor is it a women's lib series. Each
woman in it is herself and herself only. If anyone is really interested in the discussion
of sex roles, culture, and the Simes, I'd be glad to go into it at length in a future issue.

In the process of evolution, the one-celled creatures eventually underwent a "mutation"
into sexually differentiated life forms. This basic differentiation occured quite late on
the evolutionary clock and added tremendous vitality, survival potential, and, eventually,
intelligence to life on this planet. The Sirne/Gen mutation is viewed as another evolution-
ary step of the same type, the second time in all history that a differentiation of such a
basic sort occurs. It is a differentiation equivalent to, but different from, the male/fe-
male differentiation.

How a given Character in the Sirne universe reacts to male chauvinism depends not only on
when in the history of rebuilding the human race she lives, but also on her social status
and whether she is Sirne or Gen. In Unto Zeor Forever I-have a few women characters
who may be sexy but who are not sex objects for any male.

Letter from Jean Lorrah to Jacqueline Lichtenberg:

. . . no men that I know of are working on the themes in Star Trek fiction that the women

are working on. But mdo we express ourselves in writing about relationships between
men? I've done it -- what I want to know is, why? I find an interesting dichotomy between
my Treklit and this year's main theme, however: at SekWester*Con it became very appar-


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