“The Enchanted Village,” A. E. van Vogt, 1950 – (Alternate title: “The Sands of Mars”) The lone survivor of a ship crashed on Mars encounters a living city that tries to please him but is unsuited to his needs. The music is oppressive and clamorous, the shower delivers an acid bath. With each drop of water it provides, a bit of the city disintegrates. The man tries to commit suicide, reasoning that his fate is sealed and there is no need for the city to destroy itself. During the night, it seems the city adjusts. The man wakes up to a delicious meal, violin music, and a proper bed temperature. He waddles off happily, unperturbed by his new snout and four-foot tail.
Comments: Twist ending. Read in Hot and Cold Running Cities.
Author: Wikipedia: “Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century: the ‘Golden Age‘ of the genre.”