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Early short story - and I mean short!
on 18 September 2010
First published in 1953 in IF - Worlds of science fiction, and pretty typical of that time. Murphy, a reporter for 'Know your Universe!' is sent off to the planet CirgamesÇ, where strange goings-on have been reported. This world, a cross between Java and Arabia, welcomes reporters, as long as they stick to sociologically relevant reporting: farmers at work, fish hatcheries, economic progress. Murphy knows this won't cut much ice with the ruthless editor he reports to, and goes looking for the more shady side to the planet - and finds it.
Great literature it is not, but it is a nice story with a few hints of the Vance we know and love. 3.5 stars, I'd say. You can find this online, too (and for free)