Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #18


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Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #18


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A fanzine centered around the Sime Gen Universe.


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When the first Simes to survive changeover discovered that their continued-existence depended
on a substance they called "selyn", obtainable from certain humans —- who came to be called. Gens
-- and that this ”feeding" resulted in the Gen's death, the Age of Chaos began. Simes also disco-
vered that they perceived the world differently -- they were capable of reading emotions, detecting
the presence of selyn, feeling their exact position in relation to their surroundings and the universe,
reading energy fields, and moving many times faster and more adeptly than non-Simes. This
change, they felt, clearly had to be for the betternand so, logically, Gens were expected to sur-
render peacefullyand submit themselves to Sime control.

The Gens, understandably, did not take kindly to being considered animals fit only for
slaughter, and defended themselves. More, since Ancient statues showed the Ancients themselves
to be without Sime tentacles, Gens began to think of themselves as the True Image, and to mas-
sacre Simes on sight,since Simes ,were not only mad killers but “sub—human beasts. "

The establishment of separate Territories finally brought an end to the Sime-Gen Wars and
Chaos. In their respective isolation, the Simes began to keep government-run Gen pens, and
to license raider parties while the Gens considered any sympathy'to Simes to be treasonable. The
Ancient civilization had been largely destroyed in the Wars. Nevertheless, the relative peace gave-
ezch people the chance to enlarge upon whatever shreds of Ancient knowledge they retained, and to
create stable societies. '

Since both Sime and Gen had their origins in a common-culture, they may have begun by shar-
ing a common vocabulary and syntax. But the cultural schism and the new Sime senses and biological
processes --3 including need, egobliss and a kind of satiation a Gen could never experience --
created the need for new methods of expression. Simelan was the response to this different per-
ception of reality. However, some linguistic historians believe that Simelan was an artificially-
invented language that appeared virtually overnight among the Simes. If this were so, it would
give further support to the artificial mutation theory.

In some ways, Simelan remained vaguely cognate to historic languages: basic human needs are
expressable using an incredibly small vocabulary, but even these basic words changed because of
the Sime experience. The syntax, however changed drastically, expecially in the passive voice.

At the_time of Klyd Farris and Hugh Valleroy, Gens could learn Simelan on a superificial level with
fair accuracy. But the divergent biological and cultural experiences had already created a profound
"communications gap'flthat would never be. completely overcome, and would, in fact, become wider
still before the Sime-Gen Union was established. By the time of Digen Farris, Klyd's great-great -
grandson, Out-Territory Gens regarded Simelan as-a ”secret language" whose sole purpose was to
keep them from understanding, even when transliterated into Gen script.

With the rise in power of the Tecton and the formation of the Sime-Gen Union, the‘ languages
and cultures again began to converge. Perversely, this affected Simelan in two opposing ways at
the same time. The new freedom of the Sime scientists to investigate the implications of the
channel mutation, among other things, and to build on Gen technical knowledge, led to new disco-
veries requiring new vocabulary and syntax for their expression. At the same time, the Union
allowed words and phrases to "leak" back and forth from one culture to another, so that Simes
began to use Gen expressions and Gens began to adopt Sime vocabulary. lrnitating their Sime
acquaintances, Gens sometimes cursed in degrees of "shen", although they could never know the
sensation of Sime transfer abort that made the word an invective. Gens raised among Simes had
greater fluency in Simelan, but however well they might think they had learned it, they could
never really learn Simelanwell; it reflected a different reality that they could not share.

Simelan of the Digen Farris era was in such extreme flux that, had a Gen scholar been fool-
ish enough to try to write a grammar for Gen use, he would have been in for a nervous breakdown
in short order. As a living language, with a different sensory basis, Simelan toOk for granted
things that he as a Gen could not understand, and like all other languages, had a constant turnover
of c0110quial expressions, varying geographical uses of the same terms, adaptations to and from
the Gen languages, and'a grammatical structure that changed in however small a degree almost
daily because of the inter-cultural contact. Most Simes, however, took the matter in stride; one
rarely stops to think about one’s own language. It is simply there to use. i ‘


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