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Planet of the Black Dust

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1945
Author’s age at the time: 29
Year published: July 1946
Publication: Startling Stories
Other title(s): Planet of the Red Star
Genre: short story, SF

A pirate story that almost reads as an episode from The Star Diaries by Lem. Except, there is no parody, no wit, no interesting analogy. It’s a crude tale of greed set against a weirdly anachronistic background.

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

The story on archive.org