A moody, if unremarkable, story of a scientific expedition to Easter Island that stumbles across a new life form that basically likes to eat. Anything.
Some of the details are quite nice, the author is a good writer, but the plot is simple and is common in horror stories.
During a train ride a TV producer and four other men are discussing and idea for a new TV show. Basically, it would try to predict what the world would have been like if crucial events had transpired in the opposite way. They would be trying to predict alternate time-lines.
The story is mainly their conversation, with a twist ending. The characters are distinct, the writing is clear.
A not-very-sophisticated aliens conquering the Earth story from 1932. Fifteen hulking derelicts are hired to accompany a crazy scientist into the Mojave Desert, looking for something. When they find it, they follow the scientist into an ancient cavern with the bodies of hundreds of aliens in suspended animation. Then they find out why the scientist wanted the beefiest helpers.
Quick thinking and two-fisted bravery are the characters' strong points. The plot makes no attempt at social comment.
An unusual story, in that there are a couple of women characters who do more than answer the phone and type.
In future times, telepathy is developed, and people find themselves overwhelmed with the constant barrage of other people's thoughts. So they create an organic computer to act as a telepathy switchboard. It works fine for a long time, then it starts getting cranky.
The ending is okay, but a different result could have been a book-length story. The characterizations were good.