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From what I can remember, someone invents a process on Earth, "present time", whereby a person can be transformed into their "true" selves. The first to undergo the process, which I think takes about a month, are a man and a woman. The man turns into a small flying fairy-like being, and the woman into a Amazon. Others want to undergo the process, but at first just assume that all men will become fairies, and women will become huge muscular Amazons. They "discover" that the process is unique to each individual that tries it, each becoming their true selves. Many are transformed in the book. I think a transvestite became a woman, and others into creatures of all sorts. The book may have been called *Changling(? Transformation? Transformations?

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This question appears to me to be describing the novel Converts by Ian Watson. Note that an early form appears as the short story "Jean Sandwich, the Sponsor, and I", referenced in another answer, but the question submitter's statement that "Many are transformed in the book" makes it somewhat clear that he is talking about the novel, not the original short story, since the short story ends before any but the two original transformations have taken place. As can be seen from the short story sample mentioned in the other answer, the short story fits the "giant amazon" and "fairy" transformation, but the novel presumably (I haven't read it) goes further into other transformations as well.

Note also this other question where someone is looking for the short story, not the novel.

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This is a story by Ian Watson which appeared in UNIVERSE 11 in 1981, edited by Terry Carr, on pages 163 to 178, as well as in Sunstroke, and Other Stories. The story's title is "Jean Sandwich, the Sponsor, and I".

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    Could you edit to explain how this matches the OPs description? i.e. why is this correct? – TheLethalCarrot Sep 17 '18 at 13:05
  • This story can be found on Google Books at books.google.com/… – FuzzyBoots Sep 17 '18 at 16:31
  • After reading the copy on Archive.org, I'm convinced, although we really ought to edit relevant excerpts in (I'm at work, and can't take the time to transcribe, but the book is free to borrow). – FuzzyBoots Sep 17 '18 at 17:47

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