Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #78


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Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #78


Science Ficition Fanzine


A fanzine centered around the Sime Gen Universe.


Ann Pinzow, Jean Airey, Judy Segal, Kerry Schaefer


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was not professionally publishable because the backgrommd was not clear enough so it would have to be
expanded. If I expanded it. - well, it would turn into a novel. But everbody liked the changeover
scene in "Iortuen" so much -- Debbie Goldstein said she went through changeover in that scene. So that
was the one that I wrote next because Marion liked it, Debbie liked it, all the fans loved it.

ID: So UN'IO ZEOR, FOREVER is an. expansion of "Iortuen"?

J'L: Right, So I started working on what is really the story that I was trying to tell in "Iortuen:"
how the Tecton came to be the thing that it is. If you look at the TEcton the way Klyd Farris founded
it, it was great, vast, illustrious... '

ID: Actually, he didn't found the Tecton; the way I understand it, it already existed.

JL: The original Tecton was an organization, a loose federation of Householders. ' That was the Tecton

of HOUSE OF ZEOR. Then, after HOUSE OF ZEOR, Klyd united the Sims and the Out-Territory Gen armies to
wipe out the last of the Freehand Raiders. From that -- the Siege of Eisdale -- comes the First Contract,
the Sims-Gen union, and what is called "The Tecton," meaning the modern Tecton which Klyd is credited
with founding. This modern Tecton is the 'I'Ecton of UNTO.

IE: Is this a series you intend to finish? You've left Kraith hanging.
JL: Well, I don't intend to leave it hanging forever.
LD: What was your first published story?

JL: I don't remanber the title. It was a piece of fluff, a funny thing. You can't imagine Jacqueline
Lichtenberg doing humor. I used to do humor before I was married. My husband saps most of my humorous
strength. He doesn't have much of a senseof humor. Maybe it'll cane back. It's in there, you know.

ID: I lmow it's there. I saw the way you were laughing before. Are you waiting for the day you are
known as Jacqueling Licthenberg, author of Sime?

JL: I'm not holding my breath. I introduce myself as one of the authors of STAR TREK LIVESI; that I

get recognition from. At this point, there is a tremendous inertia anongs the Kraith and Star Trek people
for reading Sime stories. rI'hey know about than: a lot of people know about them, they're casually in-
terested, but they know that they 'can get a big boot out of Star Trek. And I understand the inertia.

For example, just because Alan Dean Foster did the log series, I'm not going to run out and buy every
Alan Dean Foster book.

LD: Of course, most of the Sims stories have yet to see the light of day, which we're hoping to ranedy
a little with this zine.

JL: Well, I think that with a little pushing, eventually -- because I've found that anybody who's a
Kraith fan who is desperately reluctant to pick up HOUSE OF ZEOR -~ when they do actually get into the
book, they get halfway through it and call me up and talk for two hours about how great it is. This
happens. One fellow called me up, David Ianazoff. He got halfivay through it and he had to call me up.
He said he bought it three months ago "and it's been sitting on my coffee table. I couldn't get near
it because of that cover! And I finally, in desperation, had to take the cover off and hide it, and I
looked at the book for a few weeks until I got over the cover and then I read the book." And he really
liked the book.

ID: It's a very intimidating cover. It's also very nusleadino. The first time I read HOUSE OF ZEOR,
it wasn't until I was 75 pages into the book that I realized "those are human beings that look like
lunar: beings but have tentacles," because Iwas reading the book and visualizing than as they looked on
the cover. That is an extremely misleading cover.

JL: Yes. And it won an artistic merit award.

LD: But I think that is what may be throwing the fan off,‘ the cover. You look at it -- what is it?
Especially to a Star Trek fan who has read very little science fiction; they see that cover and go,
"Aha! Bug—eyed monsters." .

JL: It's a very new wave cover on an old wave book.

42 ID: How did they choose the cover?

JL: They didn't. There never was an original to that cover. It's a composite. It's done by the
ocmercial art department and since science fiction is the stepchild of any publishing house, they do
them on a mass production basis. They oay, I think, about $50 for a cover.

LD: But doesn't the artist read the book that he's illustrated?

JL: No. I know of only maybe one or two who constantly do, and Jack Gaughan is the only illustrator
I know of who actually bothers to read the books that he's sent because he likes science fiction. I



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