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22nd Apr '18 5:15:58 AM KoshAndSheridan
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24th Feb '18 2:38:19 AM jormis29
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* Kim Stanley Robinson's Literature/RedMarsTrilogy is the definitive hard sci-fi account of terraforming, going into [[ShownTheirWork exhaustive detail]] about Martian terraforming. He portrays a process that runs for more two hundred years over the course of the three novels, which themselves are named in allusion to key steps in the terraforming project (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars). One of the ongoing themes of the series is the increasing conflict between the Reds, who want to maintain the pristine beauty of Mars, and the Greens, who want a second Earth. The novels strongly imply that neither outcome is possible; [[spoiler:Mars will change the terraformers just as they change it.]] In the final installment (Blue Mars), [[spoiler:we see humans expand out to live on the moons of the gas giants, and inward to establish a constantly-moving city on Mercury.]]
* The standalone novel 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson picks up a hundred years after the final installment of the Mars Trilogy, showing humans living throughout the solar system (the main character is a native of Mercury). A minor (but crucial) plotline deals with the terraforming of the planet Venus, which brings its own subtle conflict; [[spoiler:do you rush the job, sealing up the remnants of the thick atmosphere under tonnes of rock and using a sunshade to give you artificial days and nights, or do you use the mass of the former atmosphere to spin the planet up - a project that will take far longer, but leave a far more sustainable end result?]] In the process of terraforming, Robinson's solar system has become an endless playground for sci-fi tropes - [[spoiler:giant robots scooping up frozen carbon dioxide on Venus]], [[spoiler:'hanging ships' floating in the clouds of Saturn]] and [[spoiler:fully-tented moons that physically hold their atmospheres in]].

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* Kim Stanley Robinson's Literature/RedMarsTrilogy ''Literature/RedMarsTrilogy'' is the definitive hard sci-fi account of terraforming, going into [[ShownTheirWork exhaustive detail]] about Martian terraforming. He portrays a process that runs for more two hundred years over the course of the three novels, which themselves are named in allusion to key steps in the terraforming project (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars). One of the ongoing themes of the series is the increasing conflict between the Reds, who want to maintain the pristine beauty of Mars, and the Greens, who want a second Earth. The novels strongly imply that neither outcome is possible; [[spoiler:Mars will change the terraformers just as they change it.]] In the final installment (Blue Mars), [[spoiler:we see humans expand out to live on the moons of the gas giants, and inward to establish a constantly-moving city on Mercury.]]
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picks up a hundred years after the final installment of the Mars Trilogy, showing humans living throughout the solar system (the main character is a native of Mercury). A minor (but crucial) plotline deals with the terraforming of the planet Venus, which brings its own subtle conflict; [[spoiler:do you rush the job, sealing up the remnants of the thick atmosphere under tonnes of rock and using a sunshade to give you artificial days and nights, or do you use the mass of the former atmosphere to spin the planet up - a project that will take far longer, but leave a far more sustainable end result?]] In the process of terraforming, Robinson's solar system has become an endless playground for sci-fi tropes - [[spoiler:giant robots scooping up frozen carbon dioxide on Venus]], [[spoiler:'hanging ships' floating in the clouds of Saturn]] and [[spoiler:fully-tented moons that physically hold their atmospheres in]].
30th Dec '17 5:08:16 PM DarkHunter
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* Egosoft's ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games have terraforming as the event that started the whole series. After a ''[[AIIsACrapshoot glitched software update]]'', the Von Neumann machines that man had sent out to terraform the [[PortalNetwork gate system]] started "[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]" ''everything'', including inhabited planets and ships. Mankind fights back, the terraformers swat them out of the way, and all seems lost until they're tricked into moving en masse to a distant part of the universe -- which they promptly start terraforming as well.

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* Egosoft's ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games have terraforming as the event that started the whole series. After The Terraformer fleets at first worked very well, but after a ''[[AIIsACrapshoot glitched software update]]'', the Von Neumann machines that man had sent out to terraform the [[PortalNetwork gate system]] started "[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]" ''everything'', including inhabited planets and ships. Mankind fights back, the terraformers Terraformers swat them out of the way, and all seems lost until they're tricked into moving en masse to a distant part of the universe -- which they promptly start terraforming "terraforming" as well.well[[note]]planets found in Terraformer-controlled areas are often incapable of supporting life, usually because the Terraformers ruined their environments[[/note]].
26th Dec '17 7:35:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' reveals that the Four Elemental Crystals that show up in so many games of that series are actually terraforming implements. They're a bit less reliable than slower methods though, given that their terraforming effects tend to wear off once they're removed or destroyed.

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* ''FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' reveals that the Four Elemental Crystals that show up in so many games of that series are actually terraforming implements. They're a bit less reliable than slower methods though, given that their terraforming effects tend to wear off once they're removed or destroyed.
8th Dec '17 9:37:50 AM kyojikasshu
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** In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[spoiler:Megatron tries to use the Omega Lock to terraform Earth into a Cybertron like world (which would have fatal consequences for humanity). Optimus is forced to destroy the Omega Lock, dooming Cybertron in the process, to save humanity.]]

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** In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[spoiler:Megatron tries to use the Omega Lock to terraform Earth into a Cybertron like world (which would have fatal consequences for humanity). Optimus is forced to destroy the Omega Lock, dooming Cybertron in the process, to save humanity.]]humanity]]. Season 3 ends with [[spoiler: Megatron re-creating the Omega Lock on board his ship, attempting once again to use it on Earth. But Bumblebee kills him, and the Autobots take the ''Nemesis'' back to Cybertron, where they use the Lock to restore Cybertron instead]].
28th Nov '17 10:15:32 PM civetcatcoffee
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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' features an independent Mars that is currently in the middle of its terraforming process. While the it's still not possible to walk on the surface without a suit, the atmosphere has become noticeably blue. Part of what fuels Matian resentment of Earth is that the Mars should have been fully terraformed decades before but the ongoing cold war between the two planets means that resources have been diverted to the military and the terraforming project is now a hundred years behind schedule.
24th Oct '17 8:08:30 PM PaulA
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* In Niven's non-series novel ''A World Out Of Time'', delivering biological terraforming packages to suitable extrasolar planets is the job given to the [[HumanPopsicle corpsicle]] Corbell.

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* In Niven's non-series novel ''A World Out Of Time'', ''Literature/AWorldOutOfTime'', delivering biological terraforming packages to suitable extrasolar planets is the job given to the [[HumanPopsicle corpsicle]] Corbell.
15th Oct '17 12:32:18 AM SSJMagus
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** Terraforming has become a necessity since inversely, Earth has become almost uninhabitable due to the moon getting destroyed and debris bombardment that continues.

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** Terraforming has become a necessity since inversely, Earth has become almost uninhabitable due to the moon getting destroyed and debris bombardment that continues. Pretty much the only people who still live on Earth are those who can't afford to leave, and underground shelters are needed because of the constant meteor storms.
12th Oct '17 10:12:53 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, most life-bearing planets were seeded with life by the Slavers; not to terraform, but simply to grow enough food for their vast and inefficiently-run empire. Specifically most planets only had a strain of yeast their prey animals enjoyed eating. When the Slavers War ends with the Suicide Night that [[OmnicidalManiac kills all life]] on the level of lobsters and higher in the entire Galaxy, the majority of new life evolves from their yeast farms, which explains why we are biochemically compatible.
** The results of unfinished or untended Terraforming is a large feature in Niven's work. Earth was partly Terraformed by the Pak, with the issue there's not enough thallium for the Pak's final lifestage to complete. ''Ringworld'' has much of the same issue being explored with humanoids left alone on a mostly terraformed Ringworld until they differentiate into ecological niches.
** In Niven's ''A World Out Of Time'', delivering biological terraforming packages to suitable extrasolar planets is the job given to the [[HumanPopsicle corpsicle]] Corbell.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, most universe:
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life-bearing planets were seeded with life by the Slavers; not to terraform, but simply to grow enough food for their vast and inefficiently-run empire. Specifically most planets only had a strain of yeast their prey animals enjoyed eating. When the Slavers War ends with the Suicide Night that [[OmnicidalManiac kills all life]] on the level of lobsters and higher in the entire Galaxy, the majority of new life evolves from their yeast farms, which explains why we are biochemically compatible.
** The results of unfinished or untended Terraforming is a large feature in Niven's work. ''Literature/{{Protector}}'' reveals that Earth was partly Terraformed by the Pak, with the issue there's not enough thallium for the Pak's final lifestage to complete. ''Ringworld'' complete.
** ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}''
has much of the same issue being explored with humanoids left alone on a mostly terraformed Ringworld until they differentiate into ecological niches.
** In Niven's ''A World Out Of Time'', delivering biological terraforming packages to suitable extrasolar planets is the job given to the [[HumanPopsicle corpsicle]] Corbell.
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* In Niven's non-series novel ''A World Out Of Time'', delivering biological terraforming packages to suitable extrasolar planets is the job given to the [[HumanPopsicle corpsicle]] Corbell.
12th Aug '17 10:10:27 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Freelancer}}'' has no terraformed planets, but instead has ''terraforming'' planets like California Minor. It also shows a little bit of the process with Planetform, Inc., the company that handles terraforming operations, and by letting you trade stuff like terraforming gases, alien organisms that eat carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and H-Fuel to power these operations. The game also features the Gaians, a rebel faction of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who firmly believe that terraforming is the same as ecocide.

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* ''{{Freelancer}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' has no terraformed planets, but instead has ''terraforming'' planets like California Minor. It also shows a little bit of the process with Planetform, Inc., the company that handles terraforming operations, and by letting you trade stuff like terraforming gases, alien organisms that eat carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and H-Fuel to power these operations. The game also features the Gaians, a rebel faction of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who firmly believe that terraforming is the same as ecocide.
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