The Monster Gallery

The Thing
Universal Pictures

What happens if "the Thing" wins? The predominate theory, of course, is that of global pandemic - that the organism would assimilate all life on Earth in a mere three years. It's certainly a worst-case scenario, but one that jives with our understanding of infectious agents in the natural world. But I'd like to explore another possibility based in the reality of social parasitism. Let's explore...

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.