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The Icelandic Cure
J.D. Moyer



The Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize

Omnidawn
2018 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Short Stories - Single Author / Fiction - Dystopian / Science Fiction - Genetic Engineering

$6.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-051-9



“Moyer’s novelette, winner of the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize, is a curious blend of ethical thought exercise and medical jargon couched in introspection. Jane Tokugawa is a representative of... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize

In the year 2021, Jane Tokugawa leads a U.S. delegation from the Centers for Disease Control to investigate a new retroviral gene therapy approved in Iceland, a shining nation churning out Olympic medalists, chess masters, and brilliant artists. As Tokugawa learns more about the Hratthníf protocol from head scientist/founder Ásdís Lúthersdóttir, she begins to question the motives of some of her delegation’s members. Hratthníf (“fast knife”) is curing diseases and mental illness, changing lives for the better. But who controls it? What are the limits? As the true mission of her delegation becomes clear, Tokugawa makes a decision that will affect millions of lives.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Moyer’s novelette, winner of the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize, is a curious blend of ethical thought exercise and medical jargon couched in introspection. Jane Tokugawa is a representative of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, part of a delegation sent to Iceland to learn about a new gene-altering technology that promises to revolutionize health care and potentially eradicate physical and mental illnesses.”—Publishers Weekly

“The primary impetus for Moyer’s chapbook is the morally ambiguous matter of genetic engineering, which should haunt any advancing medical establishment. Moyer’s research into neurology and gene therapy gives Jane a credible persona. Her intellectual progress as she unearths fragments of the mystery is lovingly tied to the ever-greater—and ever more crucial—questions of self-determination.”Arkansas International

The Icelandic Cure skillfully depicts a future disturbed by age-old conflicts. What are the ethical consequences of refashioning our genes at will, mostly in the cause of humankind’s betterment but perhaps not always? And who has the right to control such Pygmalion technologies? Moyer has crafted a compelling, timely, well-researched story that raises important questions, even as it unspools a narrative that engrosses from beginning to startling end.” —Bradford Morrow, judge of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Contest



J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His previous stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores. He is currently working on his first novel, The Sky Woman.



Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:49:25 -0500