Does anyone know the story about an astronaut stranded on an alien planet who discovers an alien habitat or some sort, that slowly transforms him into an alien being in order to survive its toxic atmosphere and to enable him to take in the alien food?

  • Book or film? What language? Where did you see / read it? Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:47
  • Read it in English literature class in college way back in the '80's
    – John
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:54
  • An edit suggester thinks that the book is Man Plus by Frederick Pohl, although John already confirmed that it's Enchanted Village.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 21:03

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This is likely van Vogt's Enchanted Village.

The lone survivor of a ship crashed on Mars encounters a living city that tries to please him but is unsuited to his needs. The music is oppressive and clamorous, the shower delivers an acid bath. With each drop of water it provides, a bit of the city disintegrates. The man tries to commit suicide, reasoning that his fate is sealed and there is no need for the city to destroy itself. During the night, it seems the city adjusts. The man wakes up to a delicious meal, violin music, and a proper bed temperature.


He waddles off happily, unperturbed by his new snout and four-foot tail.

  • If it is, this is a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/37853/…
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 12:14
  • Amazing. This is the story i've been looking for for such a long time. Thanks so much Mr. Sean Duggan.
    – John
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 12:49
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    @John: :) Can I trouble you to click on the green checkmark to accept?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 12:55
  • where is it? I can't seem to find it
    – John
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 13:08
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    You should see it to the left of the answer, below the number and the arrows for voting.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 13:09

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