Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jack Vance's "Potters of Firsk" (short story, free): Hero peacefully frees a tribe from oppression by its ferocious neighbors

Illustration accompanying the publication in Astounding Science Fiction, British edition, June 1951, of short story Potters of Firsk by Jack Vance. Image shows the Mi-Tunn girl at her pottery shop on the planet Firsk.
This is standard Jack Vance - colorful communities & their customs, medieval side by side with modern. But it has a macabre thread running all through. Kept me engaged all the way.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, May 1950.
Download full text as part of the scans of Astounding (British ed), June 1951.
Download MP3 of a radio dramatization by Dimension X from Internet Archive.
Rating: A.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Jack Vance.