“Ullward’s Retreat,” Jack Vance, 1958 – Lamaster (Landmaster) Ulward dazzles his house guests with his apartment’s elaborate wall-holograms, which provide the illusion of space, and his priceless tree, with its exotically-real dirt. But Ulward finds he needs more. When circumstances permit, he realizes a dream of leasing his own planet, although he cannot afford perfect solitude and must tolerate a neighbor.
Comments: Read in SF Author’s Choice 4. Themes of privacy, space, class.
Author: Wikipedia: “John Holbrook Vance (born August 28, 1916 in San Francisco, California) is an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. He has also written 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and has once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.”