Full record for shapechange v.

Definition to change shape, by an imagined natural capability, and adopt the form and sometimes abilities of an animal or other being
OED requirements antedating 1988
Earliest cite T. Brooks 'The Wishsong of Shannara'
Comment Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's "The Death of Sleep". We would like to check the 1990 first edition. 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 cite from an undated reprint of Laurell Hamilton's 1998 "Burnt Offerings".Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1998 reprint of Mercedes Lackey's "The Talisman"; we would be interested in verifying the first publication of this story in "Sword And Sorceress VII", ed. Marion Zimmer Bradley (1990). Douglas Winston submitted a 1992 cite from Tanya Huff's "Blood Trail". Douglas Winston submitted cites from Ken Goddard's 1999 "First Evidence". Mark English submitted a 1989 cite from Caitlin Matthews' 'Arthur and the Sovereignty of Britain'
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Citations for shapechange v.

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1980 R. Zelazny Roadmarks 140 The engine started as Red leaped into the vehicle. The doors slammed. A window began closing. Another shape-change commenced.
1985 T. Brooks Wishsong of Shannara (1993) 211 The Mwellret's climb back up the ladder of civilization had been more rapid, and it had been marked by a strange and frightening ability to shape-change.
1985 T. Brooks Wishsong of Shannara 212 The Mwellrets' climb back up the ladder of civilization had been more rapid and it had been marked by a strange and frightening ability to shape-change.
1989 C. Matthews Arthur and Sovereignty of Britain 306 She appears as the mistress of her eight companion sisters; she is able to fly, to shapechange and to heal, as well as being a mistress of wisdom.
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 221 Lunzie lay back, trying to involve herself in the ratiocinations of Toli Alopa, a Weft detective who could shapechange to follow a suspect without fear of being spotted.
1990 M. Lackey Talisman in Oathblood 165 We figure maybe she found some kind of witchy thing of theirs, what let her shape-change, too.
1992 T. Huff Blood Trail xv. 277 With her moonlight-silvered shape remaining so horribly just out of reach, Henry would have traded his immortal life for the ability to shapechange given to his kind by tradition. All else being equal, four legs were faster and more sure than two.
1994 Interzone Oct. 62/2 World War One had its points, for the fantasist. There were ghost spies; deserters who shapechangeed into ghouls who lurked in underground redoubts in hellish nomanslands between the lines and who ate soldiers; flying submarines and land ironclads [etc.]
1994 Interzone Feb. 63/1 Accompanying them is a Loki-like fox who occasionally shapechanges into a compact, joyous, elderly scamp of a man, a strikingly original conception, beautifully realized by Beagle.