Liadan Allenwood lives in a universe that has almost limitless possibilities, much like our own. One thing her Universe has that ours does not is the
It is an online publication with close to a million subscribers worldwide. They sometimes find themselves reporting 'Yellow' stories, but usually they try to report what is really happening in the world regardless of bias. This ends up meaning that most of their editorial staff is spread across the gamut of political and social beliefs.
I bring them up for a news article that was published after the events of Always a Groomsman, Never a Bride. Well, I'll let the article speak for itself.
The Recall that Saved a Company
By Chris Forth
In the months following the almost criminal acts of Suzerain Pharmaceutical, a division of Dharma Corp, a couple of things are abundantly clear: people want their products more now than they did before, and you can't buy this type of advertising.
It started out as a bit to provide a little harmless fun for frat boys, and some balm for the weary in the transgender community. They produced the now infamous Femin-U potion. It hit shelves at two in the morning on a Friday. The commercials, print ads, and internet banners went out the night before. It became a meme almost instantly. This was a product that writers of TG Fiction have speculated on for years, even before nanotechnology became a reality.
The initial shipment of potions flew off the shelves and within forty-eight hours the entire 100,000 bottles had been sold. If, as some have claimed, the entire batch had been the more potent GK909 we would likely have seen a horrific death toll. As it was the deaths of over a thousand people in two days from a single cause is bordering on catastrophic.
It is estimated that more than 60% of people who ingested the viral compound died as their bodies consumed themselves trying to provide energy for the transformation it called for. This number remains an estimate as many of the girls who survived are likely hiding in plain sight, unwilling to become yet one more of the "Femin-U Babes" that seem all too common on the talk show circuit right now.
This is only half the story, the half everyone knows about.
Dharma Corp was within six months of declaring bankruptcy at the release of Femin-U. They'd sunk all the money they had into the production of GK909. Femin-U was the closest they believed that they'd come to a workable, permanent gender alteration solution. They were pursuing human trials of GK909, but the FDA declared their initial animal testing to be too unsafe. Here is the reason: GK909 was designed for humans, and only really works for humans.
As of the time of this printing, they still haven't come clean about how many bottles of GK909 were shipped with Femin-U labels. They haven't even explained how GK909 was shipped at all. They're recall of the product on Saturday night was too late, however, as none of the product remained to be recalled. The fact that they recalled it before anyone was really aware there was a problem is telling about what likely happened in the company to cause this so called 'mistake.'
However, it did something even better than the publicity they needed. It proved that the GK909 serum worked in 100% of cases. The corpses that remained of the people who died where not only feminine looking, but were female down to their chromosomes. It also gave them what they needed to help make the application of the compound safe.
It would take two doses of two different compounds over a three week period and people would be safely, permanently changed. The first was a nanotech potion that helped the user to gain weight without really even trying. The second was GK909. Being a cheaper alternative to the traditional Gender Reassignment Surgery would have ensured its place in medical practice by itself. The fact that it was a better solution only went to seal the deal.
As of this printing almost nine hundred people have used the combination of potions to completely change from male to female with more than five thousand on waiting lists for more of the potions to be made and delivered to the medical professionals who are allowed to administer them.
It is a bright future for Suzerain and Dharma, one that will be carried on the shoulders of GK909.
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