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.
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.
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