A bibliography for Jack Vance

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The Sub-standard Sardines

Author: Jack Vance
Year written: 1948
Author’s age at the time: 32
Year published: January 1949
Publication: Startling Stories
Dutch title: De spectaculaire sardines
Series: Magnus Ridolph
Genre: short story, SF


For several minutes information played across the screen. Very little seemed significant and he found no notes of his own on the topic. The sardinia pilchardus, according to the Mnemiphot, belonged to the herring family, swam in large shoals and fed on minute pelagic animals. There were further details of scale pattern, breeding habits, natural enemies, discussion of variant species.

Donnels kicked aside the rubbish, stood viewing the gear with evident satisfaction. Magnus Ridolph strained to catch a word of the conversation. Impossible the window was insul-glass. He trotted to the door, inched it open.

Republished in Magnus Ridolph, Spatterlight, 2012.