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The Devil on Salvation Bluff

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1954
Author’s age at the time: 38
Year published: January 1955
Publication: Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Dutch title: De Duivel op de Verlossingsrots
French title: Le diable de la colline du Salut
Genre: short story, SF

Comment:

The background of the story could be the Star Trek universe, with humanoids to be found everywhere.

Quotes:

The chief was silent. Director Birch said in a whisper to Mary and Raymond, “By analyzing his concept of sanity we get a clue to his own derangement.”

“Inspector!” cried a pretty woman with fair hair. “Inspector Coble! You’ve arrived!”
Inspector Coble peered into her face. She wore a kind of patchwork jacket sewn with small iron bells. “It’s it’s Sister Mary Dunton, isn’t it?”

Republished in The World-Thinker and Other Stories, Spatterlight, 2012