Do you like the way that your face looks? If you had the kind of fine muscle control that Zane has in the novel y1, you’d be able to make some subtle alterations, without the expense or pain of surgery. In fact, you could try out different ideas. One day, a shorter nose. The next day, fuller lips. Keep going until you get the face that you like. How close do you think it would be to the face that you started with?
Zane guesses that there are three types of people in this regard. Those who could care less what their genetic material is and would happily alternate between Brad Pitt and Barack Obama and would throw in a day or two of looking like anyone else that would gain them what ever advantage they could get.
Another group would go for subtle improvement, like a glamor seeker with deep pockets and a cooperative plastic surgeon. “Did you lose weight? You’re looking good these days?” “No, not really. Just a little tanning and working out.” Right.
And then there are the purists, like Zane, who would choose to only alter their appearance when circumstances require it but who day to day would rather look like themselves. Some might say that Zane’s unique appearance altering talents are wasted on him. It raises the question — to what extent is your appearance, for good or bad, an essential part of you?