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Istr a story about stranded spacemen who are foced to eat a native
creature but find too late that anyone doing so eventually turns into a
creature. One crewmen with a stomach disorder escapes because he has a
special diet, but ends up eating a creature anyway because he doesn't
like the diet.
May be Robert Sheckley but I can't swear to it.
The title may be "Drop Dead."
And the punchline is, "You need to get out of here, because
otherwise a [creature] will come into camp and drop dead at your
feet, and you'll go crazy wondering which one of us it was."
If I'm right about the title (and I could so easily be wrong),
it's by Clifford D. Simak, and was published in _Galaxy_, July
1956. Maybe you can find a copy online?
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com