an organism (occ. a human) that has arisen by genetic mutation; mutant n.
The 1931 Hamilton quote presumably refers to the change, rather than the organism; the other examples of mutation in that story all clearly refer to the change.
For it is the cosmic rays, beating upon every living organism on earth, that cause the profound changes in the structure of those organisms which we call mutations. ]
During that period our present wise rule of inspecting each infant for the mark of sin and returning to the Converter any who are found to be mutations was not in force.
It would be impossible for a despised mutation ever to become Lord Leader.
He said that ‘M-G’ meant ‘mutation-Ganymede’ and the other meant ‘normal terrestrial.’
The sports and monsters…almost surely were spontaneous mutations erupting from all the ambient radioactivity.
Unaccountable rarities do occur. A mutation?
It was too hot to eat, but I brushed it off and broke it open. It was well cooked, steaming hot, spicy, and sweet. It had not existed before the Humans had their war. Lilith said it was one of the few good-tasting mutations she had eaten.
Most humans would simply have died of fright at the sight of the giant squid, a monster from their nightmares come to thrashing, sinewy life. But Albert Garrick was not most humans. In fact, he was not mostly human. He was a mutation and, unlike the mutation he was fighting, Garrick had been augmented. He was better, in ways he was discovering as he went.
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