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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Mutation  
  An organism that has come into being through genetic mutation.  

This is the first use in sf, perhaps the first use anywhere, of "mutation" as a noun.

There would be super-men, bodiless heads, pure brains; only to be changed by the last mutation of all into the protoplasm from which first it had sprung!
From The Man Who Evolved, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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