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Masquerade on Dicantropus

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1950
Author’s age at the time: 34
Year published: September 1951
Publication: Startling Stories
Other title(s): The Masquerade on Dicantropus
Dutch title: Maskerade op Dicantropus
Genre: short story, SF

Quotes:

Two puzzles dominated the life of Jim Root. The first, the pyramid out in the desert, tickled and prodded his curiosity, while the second, the problem of getting along with his wife, kept him keyed to a high pitch of anxiety and apprehension. At the moment the problem had crowded the mystery of the pyramid into a lost alley of his brain.

“I suppose anything’s possible,” said Root. He had noticed the acquisitive twitch to Landry’s mouth, the hook of the fingers. “You’d better not get any ideas. I don’t want any trouble with the natives. Remember that, Landry.”

Landry edged slowly forward, keeping his light on the Dicantrops. He asked Root sharply, “Are these lads dangerous?”

Republshed in Golden Girl and Other Stories, Spatterlight, 2012.