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Forrest, Katherine V

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1939-    ) Canadian-born author, in the USA for many years, who began to publish works of genre interest with "Xessex" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for February 1983 as by M Catherine McKinley; with other early work it was assembled as Dreams and Swords (coll 1987). She is the author of the Kate Delafield thriller series (not listed below), but is of sf interest primarily for the Daughters of a Coral Dawn sequence beginning with Daughters of a Coral Dawn (1984), in which the Feminist Utopia of Cybele is described, on the planet Maternas, founded by women who had left an Earth seemingly beset by an unseemly increase in the proportion of women to men (see Colonization of Other Worlds). By 2200 CE or so a lesbian community had been established, though complications ensue with the first generation of children, who seem to have established a kind of gestalt among themselves (see Hive Minds) which threatens to exclude the pioneers. [JC]

Katherine V Forrest

born Windsor, Ontario: 20 April 1939



Daughters of a Coral Dawn


  • Dreams and Swords (Tallahassee, Florida: Naiad Press, 1987) [coll: pb/Women's Graphic Center]


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