Years ago, I read a science fiction story about a crew that was assigned a peacekeeping mission to a planet whose inhabitants were at war. Apparently, they were killing each other over the rights to a migratory bird. This bird would migrate from one hemisphere to another with the seasons, and the inhabitants of the hemisphere where the birds were not located would all go into psychosis until the birds returned.

However, a segment of the population was not affected by the birds’ disappearance, and it was this portion that cared for the afflicted, and pursued the war against the others.

Anyone know the story? I would like to find it again.

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Anonymous · November 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

When you remember the name of this book please post it, I wouldn't mind reading that myself.

John Crawford · January 31, 2020 at 6:16 pm

May I suggest you try this site to ask your question? They're generally very good at identifying things.

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