I'm looking for the author and title of a story where a process is used to transform people into their alter egos. All I remember is a bag lady turned into a sort of Amazon warrior, and a rich gangster turned into a flying elf-like creature. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I think this story was written in either the 1970s or possibly the 1980s.

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    – amflare
    Mar 22, 2018 at 14:48
  • The more information you can provide about the story (and when/where you read it), the more likely it is that someone can identify it for you. We recommend that you look at our Guide: How to Ask a Good Story-ID Question and see what info you can add to this question. Mar 22, 2018 at 15:02
  • Any story that involves bodily transformations of this nature to a significant extent makes me think of Jack L Chalker; all of his work involves some sort of bodily transformation (almost always of a fantastical nature, though at least one book limited it to a sort of amputation). That said, the specifics don't remind me of any of his stuff immediately.
    – RDFozz
    Mar 22, 2018 at 18:06
  • Novel or short story?
    – user14111
    Mar 22, 2018 at 19:06
  • It was a short story or novelette
    – SteveH
    Mar 23, 2018 at 1:28

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I found this story. It is called 'Jean Sandwich, the Sponsor, and I' by Ian Watson, and appeared in UNIVERSE 11 in 1981, edited by Terry Carr.

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    Thank you for coming back to tell us what this is, you should be able to accept your own answer by clicking on the checkmark next to it.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 17, 2018 at 12:54
  • And, while this is a self-answer, can you explain how it matches?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 17, 2018 at 16:39
  • I don't know what you mean. How it matches what?
    – SteveH
    Oct 26, 2018 at 3:33
  • @SteveH how it matches what you remembered, for instance by providing quotes, etc :)
    – Jenayah
    Nov 2, 2018 at 18:03
  • FWIW, I looked this one up, and it does match. I could have sworn I copy-pasted quotes, but apparently not.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 25, 2019 at 16:02

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