I'm trying to find a short story about humans (I think) who were planning to "mine" something from the atmosphere of Jupiter and found unknown gaseous creatures living in the atmosphere. I don't think things ended well for the gaseous creatures. Thank you!

  • When did you see or read this story? – Möoz Jun 27 '17 at 5:12
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    Did it feature a cybernetically enhanced explorer, by any chance? One with a single wheel instead of legs? – SQB Jun 27 '17 at 6:11
  • I read it probably 20 years ago. I don't recall a cybernetically enhanced explorer. Thanks! – batgirl Jun 28 '17 at 15:26

Could this be part of the 1982 novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke?

In that novel, aliens turn the planet Jupiter into a star to give more light to the living creatures on Jupiter's moon Europa. When they do this, they sacrifice the primitive beings that used to live in the atmosphere of Jupiter.

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    Clarke used the idea earlier in "A Meeting with Medusa", which did not have the mining bit. Plus they were jellyfish-like, not gaseous. – ImaginaryEvents Jun 27 '17 at 13:35
  • That sounds promising. I'll look it up, thanks! – batgirl Jun 28 '17 at 15:27

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