A term generally used here to refer to the transforming of inanimate matter into other forms of inanimate matter; e.g., the transmutation in Alchemy of base metals into gold. It is thus distinct from Metamorphosis and Transformation. [JC]
This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.