What is a Sime?
Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah have
written many novels in a universe they created, which Jacqueline named
Sime~Gen. The name refers to a mutation, similar to gender, that creates
people Sime and Gen. They are as different as men and women, and need each
other just as much to survive. The Gens make a biologic energy called
Selyn which they don't need for their own health. The Simes need this energy.
They can take it by force, often killing the Gen, or a Gen can
freely give it and enhance his or her own health. For the Simes, this
need is a permanent condition.
At the Sime Center, we are making the analogy that
sometimes humans, male and female need something that can be provided by
others. For humans this is a temporary need.The Sime Center
expects the humans we help to get on their own feet within a year. What
we give to them are our stories (professional writers) our art (professional
artists) and our money -- the Selyn of our universe.
Our Simes are the people who have fallen through
the cracks in our existing systems of charity.People whose health
problems are not insured, whose homes are not covered for flood damage,
who are left in the lurch by abusive spouses, any number of reasons. Through Sime Center, the Gens of our culture, who make more stories, or art,
or money than they need, can give some to the temporary Simes and enable
themselves as well as the Simes to live healthier lives.