Full record for shapechange n.

Definition an act or instance of shape-changing
OED requirements antedating 1965
Earliest cite Fritz Leiber, 'Monster Lovers' (editorial)
Comment Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Terry Brooks' "The Wishsong of Shannara", which Jeff Wolfe confirmed in an earlier reprint from 1988. We would like to check the 1985 first edition.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1990 cite from Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon's "Sassinak".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2003 cite from Jim Butcher's "Death Masks"
Douglas Winston submitted a 2004 cite from Laurell K. Hamilton's "Seduced by Moonlight"
Douglas Winston submitted a 2003 cite from Tamora Pierce's "Trickster's Choice".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite for "shape-change" from a 1990 reprint of Roger Zelazny's "Roadmarks", which Malcolm Farmer verified in a 1980 reprint. We would like to verify this in the 1979 first printing.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1965 cite from a guest editorial in Fantastic magazine "Monster Lovers" by Fritz Leiber
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Citations for shapechange n.

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1965 F. Leiber Monsters & Monster-Lovers in Fantastic Mar. 121/1 They are shape-changers too: man turned to wolf or bat, dead come alive, carrion shocked into pulsifing [sic] flesh, Helen Vaughan become slime, Charles Dexter Ward dust. At the alien extreme there are the amorphous shoggoths, their protoplasm molded by hypnotic suggestion, and the man-counterfeiting being from a bluer sun in John W. Campbell's ‘Who Goes There?’ Closest to home perhaps we have Jekyll-Hyde, a byword for the basic shape-change. Practically all monsters are fundamentally schizoid, symbolizing on the subjective frontier evil, aggression, original sin, the unconscious, the id, the death wish, animus or anima, the shadow.
1984 S. Burley & P. Haines Golden Heroes 50/1 Freeform Shapechange , characters with this type of Shapechange can transform into any living creature that is approximately the size and shape of a human being. They do not gain any special characteristics or advantages from the change but keep their own normal Attributes (ie those of the original non-superpowered Basic Character), senses, Movement, attacks, etc., and retain no Superpower other than Shapechange, no matter what or who they change into.
1985 T. Brooks Wishsong of Shannara (1993) 226 A shape-change‥. He used it to fit himself into a small ventilation shaft that circulates air to those lower levels. It happened sometime during the night. No one knows where he might be now.
1985 T. Brooks Wishsong of Shannara 227 A shape-change. He used it to fit himself into a small ventillation shaft that circulates air to those lower levels. It happened sometime during the night. No one knows where he might be now.
1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1990) 208 She nodded to Gelory, who instantly attacked, a move so fast she was sure it must have been half shapechange. Something that felt almost boneless at first stiffened into a leg over which she was flipped—but she coiled in midair, managed to hang onto a wrist, and flipped Gelory in her turn. But this was the only change that Gelory pulled on her for the rest of the session.
2003 J. Butcher Death Masks vii. 78 Why was he there then? I'd have put down money that it was a demon, but it was just a shapechange. There was a mortal inside it. Who was he?
2003 T. Pierce Trickster's Choice ix. 229 The gods nodded to Eleni, who curtsied deeply to them. The other humans in the clearing bowed or curtsied as well. Daine and Numair could do nothing but nod. Their child's latest shape change had sent quills shooting through the fabric of its blanket.
2004 L. K. Hamilton Seduced By Moonlight vi. 72 They were scars, but not the kind of scars that a human would understand, or even most fey. Another duel gone bad, where a fellow Unseelie had tried to force a shape change on me in the middle of the fight. It wouldn't have killed me. He had been playing with me. Showing off his superior magic, and my lack. I'd driven a blade into his heart, and he'd died.