I’ve been painting my house recently, and found myself carefully saving the insects hiding in the cracks. As I lowered a particularly rambunctious daddy long legs onto the ground, I wondered why on earth I even cared.
“What if this one has a family back home waiting?”
Where did that childish thought come from?
The Rats of NIMH. This film was one of my first exposures to sci-fi – escaped rats who have been genetically engineered to have intelligence. The farmer doesn’t know they are in his rose bush, or that his plow endangers the life of a sick little mouse named Timothy who can’t be moved out of his home in the field. His mother goes to the rats for help. The rats are trying to develop a society of their own, along with technology and independance from humans. But NIMH – the lab that engineered the rats – is after them, and helping Timothy may endanger their survival.
Genetic engineering intrigued me, even as a child. Now here I am writing a world full of genetic modification.
Interesting how early influences shape our lives.
So here’s a call out to Don Bluth’s adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. And may many more children fall in love with sci-fi.
© Tam Linsey, 2011. All rights reserved.