pertaining to the act of or ability to shapechange; that shapechanges
Blew Gods the billowes crown’d, Shape-changing Proteus, Triton shrill.
tr. Ovid First Five Books of Metamorphosis ii. 29
The early settlers find a few surviving Martians—fragile humanoid creatures with a shape[-]changing power they sometimes use against Earthmen.
Book Reviews in Astounding Science Fiction 151/1
But supernatural terror is thin fare for people fearing a more material knock at the door and a death that drops from the air shrieking in steel-cased bombs rather than fluttering on the wings of a shape-changing bat.
Monsters & Monster-Lovers in Fantastic Mar. 126/1
There are other shape-changing races, some of them less human in appearance than the dikri.
Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 139
Events again force her to rely on alienated individuals: Hywel, her husband…and Tam, the shape-changing, alien, xenobiologist.
From Alienation to Personal Triumph in T. Staicar Feminine Eye (1982) ix. 117
It was the song of one who wants to die, who awaits the coming of the shape-changing wolf.
Moon Dance x. 395
The receptionist, who Lunzie suspected was a shapechanging Weft because of the utter perfection of her human form, impassively checked Lunzie’s credit code.
Death of Sleep (1992) 218
1991 Locus Sept. 29/2
The tale is engrossing, particular the bits about a human orphan being raised by dragons. The strong mix of wildly varying characters, particularly the heroine’s shapechanging stepbrother-dragon, adds a distinct charm.
Mercy, while she has a career as a car mechanic, is also a shapechanging coyote.
Books To Look For in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 26/2
G. Sandys 'Ovid's Metamorphoses'
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1965 cite from a guest editorial in Fantastic magazine "Monster Lovers" by Fritz Leiber.
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