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Alfred’s Ark

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1964
Author’s age at the time: 48
Year published: May 1965
Publication: New Worlds
Dutch title: Alfreds Ark
French title: L’arche d’Alfred
Genre: short story

According to Vance when he wrote the introduction to Morreion (MSF meulenhoff, 1978) he wrote “Alfred’s Ark” mostly to entertain himself and meant it as a comment on the shortcomings of humanity. He admits that the story is not SF or Fantasy—or even a regular short story, but was pleased to have it published. He also asserts that it was first published by New Directions, but I haven’t been able to confirm that.

Republished in The Moon Moth and Other Stories, Spatterlight, 2012.