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The Spa of the Stars

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1950
Author’s age at the time: 34
Year published: July 1950
Dutch title: Vakantieparadijs Tussen de Sterren
Series: Magnus Ridolph
Genre: short story, SF

Quotes:

“Just wait till the noise of those accidents dies down... They’ll be back like flies. After all, we got a lot of publicity-” “Publicity! Huh! Nine bathers killed by sea-beetles the first day. The gorilla-things dragging those girls into the jungle. Not to mention the flying snakes and the dragons-Lord, the dragons! And you talk about publicity!”

It was a rude awakening for Magnus Ridolph. Eye to eye he stared at the dragon. The dragon opened its maw, darted its head forward, snapped. Magnus Ridolph rolled over, escaped by an inch.

Republished in Magnus Ridolph, Spatterlight, 2012.