Here's the thing...Changing species is not something I consider possible in any realm of fantasy, least of all the realm of 40k., ...
If you, Beaviz81, were to say, "Changing species is silly. I don't think it works well for the Space Wolves," I'd offer you a golf clap. I might say, "such is life," without a shred of sarcasm because that's your opinion, and you're one hundred percent entitled to it.
When you say, "Dan Abnett is wrong in saying via one of his characters that Brom turned into a Fenrisian wolf," however, and your reasoning for this is "it's not possible due to biology," then you've exited the realm of opinion. You've entered a very interesting part of the literary world, wherein you opt to ignore what the author has presented before you and are exercising your right to interpret the material in a way different than what he had intended.
(I'm not being sarcastic. This is not a unique thing, and it's been a topic of debate for some decades now... but generally speaking those talking points have not been about an intellectual property that - besides novels - aims to construct a more-or-less stable fictional universe that is to be shared by a number of different authors.)
Even if this was somehow unique (and it's not, as Chompy Bits showed), what does it matter? Going by your criteria, any "first" should have been rejected out of hand.... but people seem to be totally fine with that, despite it's the only example in the fiction. I mean people doesn't change into something else. Try finding one occurrence where anyone else have turned into animals without suffering a polymorph. Had it been a common occurrence I would have agreed with you, but this is unprecedented.
'Superman'? Since when do human beings come from other planets and possess super powers granted by our sun? 'From the Earth to the Moon'? What was Verne thinking? How is one to get to the moon by being shot into space by a giant cannon? The 'Star Wars' prequels? Can an order of space-knights really be empowered by psychic bacteria that grant them powers like telekinesis and telepathy?
The idea that a genetically altered superhuman could mutate into a wolf-that's-not-a-wolf on account of his super-organs coming from an even greater superhuman with built-in canine material hardly even scratches the surface of all the impossible things 40k entails.
At any rate, you're rejecting this premise because it strikes you as new and/or unprecedented, but that in no way means that it's not happening in this material. Quite simply, the author has been about as blatant as he can be (given the context of the story and the themes of the series in general) in telling you what's up... but you don't like it. Again, that's fine... but it doesn't mean it's not happening.
No offense, but how is that relevant? You claim that you're citing scientific principles, but what you're really doing is just stating your opinion. That opinion is that some things that are impossible in the real world can happen in science fiction, but some can't. Science in the case of Brom the once-Space Marine matters about as much as it does when determining the Navigator's third eye, or the metaphysical nature of the Warp. None of it is real, and none of it is ruled by real science. That you reject some of it doesn't preclude the author from writing about it.I draw a line between wolf an werewolf, citing biology.
Oh, wow. It's kind of off-putting when you assume people are being dishonest with you about what they like and don't like.It's okay you don't like the Space Wolves I accept that, ...
Again, you're trying to inject real biology in a science fiction setting. Biology doesn't allow for a super-psychic person to live for 38,000 years. Biology doesn't explain how said immortal ruler is able to combine technology and (possibly) magic from a parallel universe to create twenty super-beings. Biology doesn't explain how he could use those beings to gather self-replicating genetic material that can be turned into eighteen organs capable of making a human being into a superhuman warrior.Plus wolf and human are million of years inbetween, human and Ogryn and Ratling is a stretch but it's a logical stretch I accept as 30.000 years can see that happen in a bit of a stretch. That's mainly why I totally dismiss it, plus Wulfen are mutants, not people turning into wolves they only turn wolf-like with bodies like Burrito Bison. Biology just doesn't work that way.
None of that is possible by biology as we know it, but you choose to accept it as plausible. Hence why it's disingenuous to argue that Abnett and McNeil's concept with the Fenrisian wolves is impossible on the basis of biology. Both concepts are impossible to begin with.
Similarly, we're not talking about wolves at all. A recurring theme in these stories, in fact, is that these aren't wolves at all. The only reason why this conversation is about wolves is because you choose to pretend that McNeil and Abnett are perpetuating a hoax vis-a-vis two characters from two opposing factions. Your argue that one of those two characters (Magnus) is lying, and that the other - who has no reason to trust or believe Magnus - chooses to make a joke about the very same thing.
All this, absent any supporting evidence...
That's quite a paranoid position. In this case, you're assuming someone who simply takes Abnett at his word - absent any evidence to the contrary - hates Space Wolves?I assume everyone to think Space Wolves to turn into wolves to be haters.