Reviews by Sardo Weems

John Jones's Dollar

by Harry Stephen Keeler

A rather thin story for compound-interest fans. It is presented as a history lecture to future students. I suppose the main character is the lecturer--he\'s a bit pedantic.

Bank fees make the whole premise impossible.

Reviewed on 2013.05.09

The Kenzie Report

by Mark Irvin Clifton

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.

Reviewed on 2013.05.08

The Hunted Heroes

by Robert Silverberg

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.

Reviewed on 2013.05.08

The Hunters

by William Douglas Morrison

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.

Reviewed on 2013.05.08

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