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I remember reading a short story some time ago about a colony or outpost on an Earthlike planet. "Colony" by Philip K. Dick, originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1953, available in the Internet Archive. Some people went missing and the scientists discovered that they were being attacked (and consumed) by some sort of creature that could ...


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Section 31 designed the virus so that Odo would be a vector but not be actively infected, in order to hide the crime they committed. (This worked, but only up to a point.) Bashir comes to this conclusion in a later episode, "The Dogs of War": BASHIR: Odo, there is something you need to know. When I first discovered that you'd become infected with the ...


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Interpretation goes like this: Someone found proto-changeling (that is: unaware of itself and/or of its potential). Trade occurred. When Odo buys it is is a baby - that is unreared, untrained etc. And being centuries old not necessary means biological age. It's entirely possible that it was sent by Changelings specifically for Odo. But original explanation ...


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No, because Beorn wasn't the last of the skin-changers. The eradication of the skin-changers was made up for the film. The "Beornings" were led by a son of Beorn during the War of the Ring, when they helped Aragorn cross the Anduin while tracking Gollum. After the war, the elves gave them part of Mirkwood to live in.


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I would say that, technically, yes a Boggart could take the form of an abstract fear based on how Hermione describes a Boggart in Prisoner of Azkaban: ‘So, the first question we must ask ourselves is, what is a Boggart?’ Hermione put up her hand. ‘It’s a shape-shifter,’ she said. ‘It can take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most.’ ...


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I think the logical answer is that anybody who is knowledgeable enough about boggarts to really fear then will also necessarily know that they are not, intrinsically, a threat. If you really have that much trepidation about encountering a boggart, it must be because you know that they are dangerous. And if you know what makes boggart's dangerous, you are ...


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The story is "Maid to Measure" by Damon Knight, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 27 No. 4 October 1964, and reprinted in 1966 Knight's collection Turning On as well as in the 1978 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories, edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, and Joseph D Olander.


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I think this comes down to a fundamental understanding of Odo's abilities to see the Founder's thoughts. At the end we see him linking with her, at which point at appears that she lets down all of her mental defences, providing Odo with a complete overview of her thinking. He then speaks on her behalf; ODO: Don't worry, Garak. She won't try to escape. She'...


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The Changeling Bashir was on the station in that episode. As confirmed by writer / producer Ronald D. Moore, Bashir was captured and replaced before the episode "Rapture" (see Memory Alpha). "Rapture" is the 108th episode of DS9, while "The Begotten" is the 110th. We learn that the real Bashir is in a Dominion prison in the 112th episode — "In ...


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Could this be Elisabeth Waters's book Changing Fate(1994)? The Goodreads summary: Akila uses her wits and her shape-changing abilities to save her brother Briam when their home is besieged. But that leaves them both on the run, with Akila trying to keep them safe, while Briam finds more trouble to get into. When he is chosen as year-king in the city of ...


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Is it possible that you're thinking of the Earthsea miniseries? Bolding mine In the land of Earthsea, a young wizard named Ged has visions about a girl and doors opening. Meanwhile, King Tygath wants to rule the land and release the Nameless Ones, demons from whom he hopes to learn the secret of immortality. He sends men to attack Ged's village, in ...


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I agree with the answer above in the comments that this is most likely the story "Keep Your Shape" (also titled "Shape") by Robert Sheckley. I'm writing this answer to explain that there are (at least) two versions of this story, with two different endings. The first version was published in Galaxy magazine (Nov. 1953) and is available at the Internet ...


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You're looking for the Sigrid et les Mondes perdus (in French) saga. Your question points to the first book, L'Œil de la Pieuvre : Sigrid belongs to the BlueDeep's crew, a giant submarine that travels around an ocean planet called Almoha. The water is magical in essence, and anyone getting wet will be turned into a giant fish. I don't exactly remember the ...


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Otherwere: Stories of Transformation These masterful tales do not involve werewolves, butr a wonderfully diverse assortment of creatures including a serpent, a child, an elephant--even a right-wing Republican. Blending elements of fantasy, mystery, comedy and mythology, these extraordinary tales take lycanthropy into an entirely new realm. The elephant ...


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This is not necessarily a plot hole... It is emphasized several times in DS9 that shapeshifting is strenuous for Changelings; some Changelings are better than others at changing shape and assuming complex forms (as he cannot simulate a humanoid face properly, Odo falls on the weak end of this spectrum, while some of the Changeling infiltrators in the lead ...


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What do we know about the extent and limitations of their shape-shifting abilities? Not a great deal, I'm afraid. Historically, Zygon technology enhances their inherent shape-shifting abilities and gives them the power to turn themselves into replicas whenever it is necessary according to Broton ("Terror of the Zygons", Series 13 episode 1, four parter). ...


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There is no in-universe explanation - at least in the series. However, I'm not sure they did mention it in their reports: ODO: I just read the report that you wrote and I wanted to thank you. GARAK: Me? For what? ODO: For not mentioning my desire to return to my people. GARAK: I consider the entire conversation as something best forgotten. ...


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I think this might be "City of the Beasts" by Isabelle Allende. It was published in 2002. The main character's name was Alexander Cold, the secondary female character was Nadia Santos. The story has Alexander going to live with his grandmother, a reporter for a natural magazine, and she takes him along on an expedition to the Amazon in search of the ...


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The book you are looking for is Beholder's Eye by Julie E. Czerneda. It is the first book of the Web Shifters trilogy. The alien (Esen-alit-Quar, Esen for short) is the youngest (and last surviving) member of an alien race that is energy based and can take on any shape they have memorized/studied. At the start of the book she has been living on a planet (...


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The name of the series is the Quickening trilogy by Fiona McIntosh. Myrren, a witch gives the power to Wyl Thirsk, the red-haired son of a general, as he witnesses her death. The series consists of Myrren's Gift, Blood and Memory and Bridge of Souls. There is a mountain king, Cailech, who he switches bodies with.


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It would seem that, in certain other situations, Changelings may have formed telepathic links with solids. Apart from Odo's incident in "Things Past": Evidence of Changelings Creating Telepathic Links with Solids 1. The Bashir Changeling From StarDestroyer.net: Founders can also mimic human beings to an unbelievable degree. The Founder that replaced ...


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Summer of 1994, between airing of "The Jem'Hadar" and writing of "The Search" At the time that the Season 2 finale "The Jem'Hadar" had aired, the writers still did not know who the Founders would be, and therefore the idea of the Dominion had preceded the notion that its leaders would be Changelings. It was decided that summer, independently by producer ...


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The first two sentences are very close the short story "Dragonfly" appearing in the anthology Tales From Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin. In which a young woman, part of whose true name is "Irian," is pulled along in the guise of a boy to the school of magic on Roke island by an erstwhile lover and a somewhat failed sorcerer from Roke as a prank on his former ...


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Are you thinking of the "S.W.I.T.C.H." series by Ali Sparkes? S.W.I.T.C.H. (Serum Which Instigates Total Cellular Hijack) is a substance - in the form of a spray - that transforms the protagonists into insects and other creatures. One of the boys hates bugs and the other dreams of being an entomologist. Petty Potts is the scientist trying to recover the ...


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I believe it would find a physical manifestation of the fear. For example, when Harry's boggart is a Dementor, Lupin says that, because of this, what Harry fears most is fear itself. Whether this is true or not, this would probably happen with most fears- if you fear abandonment, you'd probably see the one you love most walking away. Also, J. K. Rowling has ...


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Any possibility you're thinking of Venus on the Half Shell? This book allegedly by prolific sci-fi writer-Kilgore Trout, featured in many Kurt Vonnegut novels, was ghost-written by Philip Jose Farmer. It features a race of humanoids with tails, which were used with great skill during...personal moments.


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Two reasons: 1. He wanted the Fringe team to think that they had captured the shapeshifter successfully, and thus continue in his disguise. 2. He must have been planning on getting back the device once the nurse was taken away, but failed to do this.


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"High Desert Kill" (1989 TV movie)? Here is a plot summary from IMDb: Like every year, Jim, Ray, Brad and Paul leave the town for a week to go hunting in the woods. But this year everything is different: There's not a single animal to be found, the whole forest has fallen quiet. Two female campers they meet have mysteriously disappeared the next ...


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Dean Koontz, "Hardshell". It's in these anthologies: "Predators" (1993), "Strange Highways" (1991), and "Night Vision 4" (1987). Two reviews on Goodreads for the Strange Highways short story mention it's about a cop and a serial killer chasing each other and that they obviously aren't quote fully human. The killer is also mentioned to be a shape shifter. ...


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It's The Legend of the Secret Pass (2010)! From IMDb: The 'Legend of Secret Pass' takes place in the mountains of the South West and involves Thunderbirds of Indian mythology and an animal refuge of mystical proportions. An unlikely troop of animals and humans are caught up in a clash of ageless magic. In this moment of crisis, the barest chance to avoid ...


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