Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 20:13:48 -0400
A while back Jean Lorrah came up with a great idea for the Tecton Web Page -
testimonials from out-T Gens who had donated and found it a worthwhile

I expected some of our more creative types to come up with a series of

Anybody?  Surely there are some Gen-identified folks out there?  A lot of you
have personas in S~G role-playing - haven't they anything to say?

Come on folks - the Tecton pays well for these testimonials you know.  You
could win an all expense paid trip in-Territory, the Delux Tour including
Capital when the Legislature is in session, and the ruins of the original
House of Zeor.  (okay, so it's just a theme park mockup, but it's pretty


Kit Plowman
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 12:39:01 EDT

Earlier this week you asked why the Gen personnae out here weren't writing the
'I donated and survived' testimonials...well...

I guess one of my main problems with 'the Modern Tecton' is the concept of
'Donors'...I'm a Companion, damnit!  The idea of losing that kind of
relationship/bonding with the Channels in my Household is nauseating.  What's
always drawn me is the relationship between a Channel and hiser Companion... the
vow of 'As one First, all Firsts' doesn't resonate nearly as strongly.

His  Companion would *never* have left Digen suffering that way...no matter
*what* Mickland said.  I understand that by UZF it's a different world than in
HOZ...but it's not an improvement to me...

As far as a general class Donor...I'd probably view it much the same way as
donating blood...an impersonal way to help someone. <I have rare
blood...AB+...so I'm always getting called to donate>. I can understand the type
of testimonials you're talking about...but I can't *feel* 'em...

Hm...maybe there's a bit of Distect in me?  Yet i understand the need for the
Channels, so I don't really go in that direction...

Dunno...just my 2 dynopters worth...


Cousin Cherri
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 10:55:26 -0700
As a Channel, I'd have to agree.  The era of Channel/Companion realtionships
was one of security.  :)

Unto Tien Forever,

SaySha ambrov Tien

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 15:14:17 -0400
And I have to answer:  Well that's WHY I'm dying to write the space-era
stories!  We've got to un-invent that hideous monstrosity the Modern Tecton
and the only way to do that is to get the population distribution jiggered
around to where there are more channels than are necessary to do the medical
work so channels don't have to take up channeling as a profession.  Then you
won't have people who re forced to over-develop the secondary system, and
those who do take up channeling as a profession won't have to be TRAPPED in

Also, we have to have solid populations of Gens who don't spook and are
regular donors.  And the vast majority of the Gen population has to develop
their 3rd order Donor skills.  Almost all Gens are capable of qualifying 3rd,

and those extra thirds are the Companions for the renSimes.  And all that
happens in the space-age stories that people didn't seem interested in.

Live Long and Prosper,

Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Creator of the Sime~Gen Universe