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Gateway to Strangeness

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1961
Author’s age at the time: 45
Year published: August 1962
Year revised: 1964, 1976
Publication: Amazing Stories
Other title(s): Dust of Far Suns, Sail 25
Dutch title: Zeil 25
French title: Les portes de l’ailleurs
Genre: short story, novella, SF

According to Foreverness the story was written at Amazing Stories’ editor’s request to fit an illustration. (ref) Presumably the cover, for which the ISFDB hosts an image here.

Republished in Sail 25 and Other Stories, Spatterlight, 2012.

Weird year: '1964, 1976'