"The Debt"
credited to E. Mayne Hull
Short Fiction 1943 11,500 words
  • The original version of this story was never reprinted.

Part of the
Artur Blord Series
1 —     Planets for Sale 1954
2 —     "The Invisibility Gambit" 1943

Planets for Sale is a novel based on five of the six original Blord stories (see below for full list).

There is a further story entitled "The Invisibility Gambit." Although this was the first story in the series to be published, it is separate from the rest of Blord's adventures, showing his retirement. As such, it was not included in Planets for Sale.

Original Stories:
"Competition" 1943
"The Debt" 1943
"The Contract" 1944
"Enter the Professor" 1945
"Bankruptcy Proceedings" 1946
"The Invisibility Gambit" 1943


original version


adapted for fix-up novel
Included In
Planets for Sale 1954
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1943 December Street & Smith
digest Vol 32, No 4 180 pages $0.25

cover art by
William Timmins

First appearance

4 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover image: ISFDB
Illustration images: other
Data: Walwyn