I like making rats because they make good models for humans. You have but to read the four authors I’ve made rats of so far to understand that they have taken time to consider why we hate people but not persons. Harlan Ellison is one of the few living writers I know of who has to write under the burden of his own brilliant shadow—and one of the few living human beings who could pull off showing up dressed as Zorro. I can show this, with a rat. We groundlings can handle it, without cutting our fingers.