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Transfigurations

(1979)
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In a clearing of the great forest of the planet Bosk Veld, a strange, ape-like species of alien, the Asadi, act out their almost-incomprehensible rituals, rainbow eyes flashing, spinning like pinwheels. Egon Chaney, in his anthropological study, 'Death and Designation Among the Asadi' has shown how their life-style has apparently degenerated from a level of complex technological sophistication and devolved to a primal simplicity. Long after his disappearance in the forest, his daughter, Elegy Cather, comes to Bosk Veld to carry on his studies of the Asadi where he left off. With her is an intelligent ape, Kretzoi, physically adapted to resemble the aliens. Together with Thomas Benedict, Chaney's old partner, Elegy begins to unravel the enigma of the Asadi. As Kretzoi insinuates himself into their rituals, so we are drawn into what is perhaps the most convincing portrayal of the alien yet.

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Hardback Editions

May 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Transfigurations ([Gollancz SF])
Author(s): Michael Bishop
ISBN: 0-575-02833-5 / 978-0-575-02833-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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October 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: Transfigurations
Author(s): Michael Bishop
ISBN: 0-399-12379-2 / 978-0-399-12379-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Pub. Corp. : distributed by Putnam
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Transfigurations (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Michael Bishop
ISBN: 0-575-09309-9 / 978-0-575-09309-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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November 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Transfigurations
Author(s): Michael Bishop
ISBN: 0-425-04696-6 / 978-0-425-04696-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Transfigurations (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Michael Bishop
Publisher: Gateway
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