A bibliography for Jack Vance

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The Absent Minded Professor

Author: Jack Vance
Published under pseudonym: J. A. Kavnnes, John Van See
Year written: 1953
Author’s age at the time: 37
Year published: March 1954
Publication: Malcolm’s Mystery Magazine
Other title(s): First Star I See Tonight, Murder Observed
Genre: short story, SF


Several sources state that this story was first published in “Malcolm’s Mystery Magazine,” March 1954, under the pseudonym John Van See. However, Foreverness seems to think the pseudonym J. A. Kavnnes was used. Maybe the author proposed J. A. Kavnnes and the publisher choose John Van See instead.

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