A slightly funny story of a scientist in a large lab who pursues unauthorized research in communicating with ants when a new lab assistant expresses a similar interest in communicating with termites.
The characters are a bit cartoonish, but it's a humor story. It's short enough that only about ten minutes of your life will be sucked away forever.
An unsophisticated, early story by Silverberg--don't expect Thorns, Nightwing, or Dying Inside. A bitter double-amputee captures a husband and wife uranium prospecting team on Mars with the object of killing them like the others he'd captured.
The characterizations are not bad for such a short story: the husband and wife have a little depth, and the villain is just crazy, not a drooler or nonsense spouter. I had a slight problem with the picture of a wheelchair in the sand, but, oh, well.
A funny story about two shape-shifting aliens who stumbled across the Earth and discovered it was ripe for conquest. They're doing a little exploring before reporting the world to their home planet, and they hide out in a girl's elementary school field trip to the zoo. The tour will be followed by a lecture by a drunken actor who has passed himself off to the world as a big game hunter.
The aliens are good characters, and there is a good interaction between the actor and his agent. The story is remarkable for the sheer number or female characters.
Four and a half stars.
Absorbing story of the time of the next ice age, thousands of years after men have left Earth and colonized the stars. The Crown is stolen, and the Keeper starts across the ice with his dog to get it back and kill the thieves--if he can. Great descriptions, great plotting (no easy solutions,) great main character. A convincing story.