I remember reading a short story decades ago whose plot involved colonisers on a planet thinking it had no life. Later they realise that the mountains are indeed alive, but move so slowly they could not realise it at that time. Does anyone know which one this is?

  • "Decades ago" could be 1995 or it could be 1945. Can you narrow it down to 2 or 3 decades? Do you remember any more of the story? Were the mountains friendly or hostile or indifferent? – user14111 Jan 19 at 11:16
  • Thanks for the response. I read it in the late 80s, and suspect it was written sometime in the 80s. The story was pretty much that the colonisers (possibly humans, I don't recall now) realised that there was indeed life on the planet, only that this life, mountains, moved slowly over millenia. And conversely, the mountains did not therefore notice these colonisers either. I think the story pretty much ended there. Thats all I can recall, sorry! I tried searching for it online but without success. – mohan Jan 19 at 11:28
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    Not the answer but I remembered a strip in a British weekly comic back in the 1960's titled 'The mountain that moved'...in that story (I think set at the Welsh border) the people slowly realised that an entire mountain was alive and beginning to move after millennia. The British army set up lines of artillery to drive it away from a city – Danny3414 Jan 19 at 12:45
  • Thanks Otis - that's pretty close, but not the one I had in mind, though. – mohan Jan 19 at 16:17
  • I don't suppose it could have been one of Anne McCaffrey's stories, what you're describing sounds like it could be her alien Thek species (the larger older ones that is). – Pelinore Jan 20 at 4:12

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