Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #83


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Ambrov Zeor. Issues 1-3. Page #83


Science Ficition Fanzine


A fanzine centered around the Sime Gen Universe.


Ann Pinzow, Jean Airey, Judy Segal, Kerry Schaefer


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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.




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Sandy Hall (FWF Suitland, Navy Department, Washington, DC 20373)

I was reading the Farris Family Tree, when smething struck me. I'd vaguely noticed it before, but it's
all nicely laid out in the family tree. Would you look at the number of pregnancies!

The infant mortality. rate is high, but I'm surprised the female mortality rate isn't higher.

The way I understood it, in each pregnancy there is a great need for selyn, by both mother and child.
It muld seem to be very dangerous and very exhausting to be pregnant, each pregnancy being a high-risk
situation. And to do it 12 and 7 and E times! Those women must he very strong (and the men too, of
course), but how many of the WCIIEII are named? (That's not a verv good question, but it does seem to me
that the woren of Zeor (the wives of the Sectuibs ) are being glossed over, forgotten, etc. It's as though
it were all the menfolks' doing ). -

Orim Farris's wife could hardly be a Gen, with four surviving channels, unless Orim was at her bedside
every minute (or some other very, very good channel). '

Robert McCann (3 Suncrest Drive, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada NBC—2L1)

House of Zeor itself contained some interesting food for thought on the subject of human mutations. The
only trouble is, something about the Sime—Gen mutation itself doesn't ring true, at least to my mind.
First of all Mrs. Lichtenberg describes it in her letter to Halkan Council as "another evolutionary
step of the same type . . . equivalent but different from the male-female differentiation." The male-fe-
male mutation, as you know, has remained a smashingly successful one down through the years, as the
division of labour was built up around it, etc.

Now, let me more you with some basic facts about the Sime-Gen mutation. Gens produce selyn, which
is totally useless to then. Simes, on the other hand, require it to the extent that the Ancients require
food -- and with even more um pleasant results than starvation if it is not obtained. Unfortunately, and
most illogically, the transfer is deadly to a Gen. Even more puzzling, the death is essential for the
Sime to get a thrill out of it all, egcbliss. Thus, the mutation is perfectly, flawlessly, and mutually
destructive. Certain refinments, such as a Gen's fear exciting a Sime to attack, make it seem that the
mutation has taken a great deal of time to evolve into its present, extremely complex state. In nature,
havever, things just don't happen that way; if a mutation is negative, then it dies out. Time, I cannot
agree with Mrs. Lichtenberg that it is equal to the male-female differentiation.

There is a solution to the problem, revolving around one supposition: that Natural Donors like Hugh
are the final missing link to the Sime—Gen mutation. You are, of course, aware of what a profound effect
transfer has on the Sims; here a Gen was able to participate, actively and without fear, for the first
time. The result was obviously a wondrous new dimension in selyn transfer, and a very positive experien—
oe for both Hugh and Klyd.

Natural Donors, thus, are the key to Sime—Gen rapprochement. If they become the predominant form of
Gen. then the two forms of humans could live peacefully together, drawing mutal satisfaction frcm the
transfer. This incidentally, is where some interesting complications woul arise. People being as they
are, it is only natural that emotional attachments would occur between couples who engage in transfer.
Ultimately this could lead to what must be the greatest possible experience between Sime and Gen-selyn
transfer and sex simultaneously. Certainly Sines and Gens couldn't receive such benefits from their own
kind, and it would serve as one advantage to a mixed society of the two.

Marion Zimmer Bradley (Box 352, Berkely, CA 94701)

my major quibble about the whole series is about the "Simelan" which supposedly just evolves when they

go through changeover? Rubbish! learning theory and the whole use of the language centers of the brain
prove that the only languages ever mastered fully are those which are learned before the fifth year. Sines
brought up among Gens could never master a Sime language after puberty -- and vice versa,,Gens brought

up among Sime colonies would never speak any language but Simelan fluently.

I can perfectly well believe that the Sime culture would evolve mrds for referents which do not exist
in the standard language (English?) But these would be added to the existing language, unless all we
m about languages is rubbish. ..and I don't believe it is. I don't, for instance, find it credible
that the Sines among themselves would call their appendages "tentacles"--that would be what the Gens call

them, of course -- and I feel, very strongly, that the words in Simelan would be those for which there
was no Gen referent. But Simelan as a separate existing language? Forget it! Otherwise this is not
science fiction at all, but fantasy, since it operates by no known rules. Science fiction may set its
own rules, but it must not operate in defiance of known rules unless the suspension of known rules is
credibly explained. Since the learning of languages is something we do know a lot about, and since the
brain functions have not been credibly explained to have changes thus far, some method must be devised
to get around the idea that a grown Sime could instantaneously master a new language. Speech is a learned
response-~feral children who do not learn to speak at the proper time develop what amounts to atrophy of
the brain centers and never speak acceptably. . . the so-called "Wolf children" Amala and Kamala are a case
in point. Amala of course died, but Kama]: lived to be seventeen or so, (she was bout eight when captured)
and at the end of her life her vocabulary was about fifteen words, all simple, which she never learned

to canbine into sentences.

So much for Tarzan, Lord Greystcke, and his cultured idioms. The Sime language is complicated and
ccmplex and therefore is a highly cultural thing; and lam simply not convinced that a Sime who grew up
amoung Gens could ever learn it adequately. .

51 Jacqueline Lichtenberg's answer to Marion Zimmer Bradley's letter

She says her major qui‘dale with the whole series is the premise that the Sime language smetow just WOLVES


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