to change shape, by a natural capability, and adopt the form and sometimes abilities of an animal or other being
Compton Holywell was over two miles away; by the time she reached it she thought her lungs were going to burst. She’d been meaning to shape-shift and fly back, but she hadn’t dared; patrols of her own people were out already, quartering the entire area, hunting angrily for whoever had been wildcatting.
Mayday in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 19/1
His sister Arwyn had not been able to shape-shift before Braide’s curse; and so she could not now.
Hunt of the Unicorn in Basilisk 20
The lizard’s shrunken, emptied body lay only a few inches from his face. Tristan watched it a long while, expecting some new trick, but apparently this time the transformation was real and final. Cheris had shape-shifted for the last time.
Mountains of Channadran 262
He’s so young, he doesn’t know yet that it’s considered bad manners by his people to shape-shift in public.
Death of Sleep (1992) 55
1993 SFRA Review Jan. 103
Elementals of various first world clans who can shapeshift from monstrosity to human form.
The car shapeshifted, slimming and streamlining itself, pressing itself close to the black skin of the highway, growing spoilers and tailfins.
Necroville (1995) 68
1996 SFX May 96/2
Hit a button and it shape-shifts back to normal.
‘Awesome. Trapped here with you. No wine. No beer.’ He scanned him with a look. ‘And you can’t even shapeshift into a woman. Damn, I pissed off the wrong god last night.’
Research HistoryKatrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1986 cite for the variant "shape-shift" (as "shape-shifted") from Susan Dexter's "The Mountains of Channadran".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1980 cite from Joan D. Vinge.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2018 cite from Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1970 cite from Keith Roberts.
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