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Geoff, you have helped me before, but this might be a tough one.

Decades ago, I read a story about humans stationed on an alien planet where super-F5 tornadoes and monster hurricanes swept the planet on a daily basis. The human habitat was always under siege by the winds, but the humans persevered and did their research. The aliens were intelligent and friendly, and we're not concerned with the winds. They even had a form of wind-surfing!

The story concludes with the aliens packing up their stuff and saying goodbye. When the humans asked why, the aliens said the had to leave before the high winds season came in ...

Can you help me ID the story? Thanks in advance, sir.


The story you are looking for is by Robert Sheckley and is called "A Wind is Rising". The story is found online:-

If you want it in book-form it is in the following anthologies:-

There are also a number of Robert Sheckley SF short story anthologies in Kindle form on Amazon.


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I have read most of the short stories and books produced by the Top 80-100 authors in the SF field, as well as more obscure authors such as Robert Sheckley, and can answer any queries regarding author, title or theme of a science fiction short story(or novel). I can also answer questions on the history and influence of Science Fiction past to present, as well as on specific SF genres such as Cyberpunk,Golden Age SF, H G Wells-style scientific romances etc. I do not answer questions about books/stories set in the Fantasy genre.


Am currently doing a writing course for writing Science Fiction Books, with the Writer's Bureau in the UK.<

Am considering becoming an amateur writer of Science Fiction. Other than that, no academic credentials, I simply have read a multitude of SF books and stories, with an emphasis on stories from H G Wells to the 1980s.

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