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The Unspeakable McInch

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1948
Author’s age at the time: 32
Year published: November 1948
Publication: Startling Stories
Dutch title: De afschuwelijke McInch
Series: Magnus Ridolph
Genre: short story, SF

Quotes:

“Graft,” said Boek. “Graft, pure and simple. Old-fashioned Earth-style civic corruption. I should have mentioned ” another sour grin for Magnus Ridolph “ but Sclerotto City has a duly elected mayor, and a group of civic officers. There’s a fire department, a postal service, a garbage disposal unit, police force wait till you see ’em!” He chuckled, a noise like a bucket scraping on a stone floor. “That’s actually what brings the tourists the way these creatures go about making a living Earth-style.”

Republished in Magnus Ridolph, Spatterlight, 2012.