Taking the document from his hand, I read that the most powerful person in Surrey had not been pregnant but – as nearly as a woman could – fathered a child.  Savants had produced a combination of the essences of two women, a substance called gynogenesis – something which, to my knowledge, had been the subject of research at the University of Berenice and Nadine.  Now, it had passed from the realm theory to become an actual child – the daughter of Berenice and the aptly named Gina Gestate.  The baby had been brought to term in Gina’s belly.

“Oh, I see, father.”

“I imagine that you’d already heard of this abomination.”

“You mean gynogenesis, father?  I’d heard of it, but had no idea that it approached perfection.”

“Perfection?  Is that your word for it?”

“I meant, father, passing from theory to reality.  Anyway, father,” I changed the subject deliberately, “you haven’t put up any Lifenbud decorations.”

In the Warriors of Love books, three women take turns to tell their stories and, in so doing, recount the last years of the wicked kingdoms – and the dawn of the age of gynogenesis.