This was part of a collection of shorts stories from the late 70s early 80s. The aliens were jelly-like creatures filled with gasses. The human scientist tries to save a certain group of aliens but winds up failing and by doing so understanding that the death and rebirth are all part of the planetary process.

  • Can you remember anything else about this story? Was it written in English, where was it set? Any details about the anthology - e.g. was it a collection of works by a single author or with a single theme? – Rand al'Thor Jul 14 '16 at 17:02
  • Hi yes, it was english, multiple authors I believe. – Fluxian Jul 14 '16 at 19:21

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