M.R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel’s flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit. His latest novel, The Girl with all the Gifts, is out now.
by M.R. Carey
I always really sucked at science at school. I was okay with the theory part, but anything resembling an experiment was sure to fall apart in my hands. My test tubes broke, my air tracks didn’t blow and my dead frog had no internal organs. None. Just a single undifferentiated squishy bit, which I drew accurately and was then handed an after-school detention for my pains.
I feel bad about that frog now. I don’t see why he should have died in the cause of my deficient education. I don’t see why any frog should. My only hope, really, is that he wasn’t a frog at all but a spy from a race of shape-shifting aliens who can mimic the outer appearance of anything but can’t disguise their undifferentiated squishy interiors, so different from the neat, purposeful organs we Terran life forms enjoy.