February 27th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Empathic shape changing blobs
Back in the 70's, I read a book about alien life forms that had an unusual ability. The aliens in their natural form were shapeless protoplasm, but when they came into contact with a human being they eventually took the physical form of the person whom that person loved the most. For example, if a man were grieving over his absent "true love", the alien would become a duplicate of this woman. In the book, a man who was a narcissist used one the aliens to create a duplicate of himself (he loved himself more than anyone else). I believe the novel explored the implications of being able to "be with" someone you loved even in their absence and maybe against their wishes. And also the implications of manifested self-love. Not sure of the details. It's been a long time since I read it. Can anyone help?
July 13th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Memory is very dim but perhaps Michael Coney's "Mirror Image" or set in the same world "Brontomek".
July 13th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Thank you so much! I'm pretty sure you're right. I "Googled" Michael Coney and came upon another book he wrote "Friends Come in Boxes" that I read around the same time. I think I received a box of old British SF paperbacks from someone. Again, thanks so much. Now, I have to track down copies of his books.