gehayi: (hermione books (lilacsigil))
gehayi ([personal profile] gehayi) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-08 07:27 am (UTC)

I remember reading the Zeor series when I was a teenager, and I didn't see anything kinky about it. Humanity has been divided into two types, the Simes (predators) and the Gens (prey). Differentiation between the two appears in puberty, when a Sime goes through changeover, which means fever, convulsions and, after hours or days of agony, the emergence of tentacles on their forearms. Two sets are for gripping the forearms of a Gen; the third seizes the life energy called selyn produced by Gens, without which a Sime cannot survive. Simes who can take selyn from Gens without killing them and who can transfer selyn to other Simes are called "channels." Unfortunately, channels are rare. A Gen in Sime territory (at least at the beginning) is likely to be captured, penned and killed, like cattle. A Sime in Gen territory is likely to be killed by terrified Gens.

All of the books I read formed a generational saga, as they follow a family of channels, the Farrises, over time.

I suppose that transfer--when a Sime takes selyn from a Gen--might have looked kinky in 1974, as transfer involves forearm-to-forearm grip and lip contact. So it looks like two people kissing while in an awkward hug. And since the lead Sime and Gen in House of Zeor are both male, some people might have found this shocking in the Seventies. Plus it's basically science-fiction vampires. However, IIRC, transfer is not treated as sexual or exciting but life-threatening. Honestly, the focus of the series is on Simes and Gens finding ways to live with each other and recognize each other as people.

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