Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #14

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Title

Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #14

Subject

Science Ficition Fanzine

Description

A fanzine centered around the Sime Gen Universe.

Creator

Ann Pinzow, Jean Airey, Judy Segal, Kerry Schaefer

Source

Georgia Tech Archives: Science Fiction Fanzines Collection: https://www.library.gatech.edu/archives/finding-aids/view?query=Ambrov+Zeor&docId=ead%2FMS420-ead%2FMS420-ead.xml&chunk.id=#2

Date

1984

Contributor

Mani Japra, Collin Richards, Emmanuel Fregene, Ella Sivertsen

Rights

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.

Language

english

Type

Science Fiction

Scripto

Transcription

PRENA TAL SELYN DRAIN

12.
or
”CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YENAVA HAD TO DIE? "
Betty Herr

Actually, it isn't all that difficult to understand, once you sit down and think about it, but so
many readers are very confused as to why Klyd had to be present at the birth of his child, or risk
losing it, and Yenava as well, to complications.

Start with the basics. Selyn is "the very biological energy of life itself. "

Pregnancy being the CREATION of life, it follows that any woman, Sime or Gen, would
need extra selyn for the proper development of the foetus she carried. The catch is that not all
unborn children require the same amount of maternal selyn to develop properly. A child destined
to be a Sime at maturity draws more than a Gen-to-be, and a future channel needs more than
either. Which is only logical, considering the differing biological systems of all three, with the .
channel's anatomy being the most complicated. The following chart may help explain the varying
foetal needs.






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Prenatal selyn drain maximum 3. Gen mother can
Foetal selyn demand supply without aid

NOTE: This chart is not intended to be directly measureable. It is a representation of
the general relationships only. '

A pregnant Gen woman -- never mind channels and Companions, for the moment -- would
probably be able to produce enough selyn to meet her unborn child's needs until his birth, at which
13 point, he would become selyn-neutral until about the age of puberty and changeover, if such were
to occur. A Sime woman, in certain circumstances, might need more frequent kills, both to
satisfy herself, and to allow her to carry the child to term, since she has no other selyn source.
She might also need extra kills to allow her to survive the demands of labor and delivery, since

this would act on her very much like augmentation.

Now, any channel foetus draws the greatest amount of selyn, and it has been established that
the Farrises are unique among channels and that their channel abilities are dominent within the
family. For any channel, the best chance of producing a living child would be by mating either
with another 'Sime, who could take transfers as needed, or a Companion, who has the extra selyn
potential for meeting a channel's needs. But Farris needs are special; Grandfather warned
Klyd about marrying a Gen, even if she was a Companion, because of the likelihood that any child
Klyd sired might be a Farris channel, and therefore put a terrible strain on the ability of the
mother to provide enough selyn. Bullheadedly ~- but who can blame him? -- Klyd married Yenava

anyway.
Even the Companion mother of a channel foetus faces death in childbirth from selyn attrition

because of the depletion of her own reserves during the pregnancy, and the extra demands of
childbirth itself. It is possible that the infant channel could draw so completely as to "bankrupt"

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