These were my first stories written after a long break.
Although I didn't write, I did GM various roleplaying games (particularly AD&D
- now I'm dating myself as this was before it was renamed back to D&D). Oddly,
it seems that the break and/or the gamemastering had a significant positive affect on my
In these stories a different measure of how to transform is examined, in
this case creating a genetically engineered host body and then transplanting the desired
brain from one body to another. For both the destination bodies, I tried to be as
realistic as I could to make them workable forms. Of course, with greater experience
and knowledge, it is unlikely that the centaur would need breathing slits, and the
possibility of a merman being able to survive indefinitely solely through breathing the
small amount of dissolved oxygen within ocean water is questionable.
I have distant vague plans of combining these two into a single novel,
with a 3rd part in which the bad guys get beaten up and punished. It's been started,
but unfortunately I haven't been able to write much of it. Sorry.