Short story: “Keep Your Shape”

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“Keep Your Shape,” by Robert Sheckley

Appeared in Galaxy in November 1953; read on Project Gutenberg; featured in Escape Pod episode 455, July 21st, 2014

5,800 words

This is such a cute story, but Pid’s shapeshifting abilities are portrayed inconsistently (he’s unable to customize his dog senses, but he can drastically modify his bird body in midair) and the change in his character isn’t set up well enough to be believable.