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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.
1st Jul '17 10:13:44 PM FGHIK
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'''Professor Farnsworth:''' That's because then Mars was a uninhabitable wasteland, much like [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Utah]]. But unlike Utah, Mars was [[TakeThat eventually made livable]] when the university was founded in 2636.\\

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'''Professor Farnsworth:''' That's because then Mars was a uninhabitable wasteland, much like [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Utah]]. [[TakeThat But unlike Utah, Utah]], Mars was [[TakeThat eventually made livable]] livable when the university was founded in 2636.\\
22nd Jun '17 12:06:56 PM zarpaulus
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* In Olaf Stapleton's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' the Fifth Men begin terraforming Venus when the Moon starts falling towards Earth. Pre-terraforming Venus is apparently an ocean under my butt cover inhabited by various creatures that feed on radioactive materials, unfortunately oxygen is extremely toxic to them and the Fifth Men don't realize that some of Venus's native life is sentient until they've already started the oxygen enriching chain reactions so they just keep on going. Three more incarnations of Man evolve on Venus before the sun expands and the Eighth Men migrate to Neptune.

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* In Olaf Stapleton's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' the Fifth Men begin terraforming Venus when the Moon starts falling towards Earth. Pre-terraforming Venus is apparently an ocean under my butt the cloud cover inhabited by various creatures that feed on radioactive materials, unfortunately oxygen is extremely toxic to them and the Fifth Men don't realize that some of Venus's native life is sentient until they've already started the oxygen enriching chain reactions so they just keep on going. Three more incarnations of Man evolve on Venus before the sun expands and the Eighth Men migrate to Neptune.
22nd Jun '17 11:39:33 AM TwentyEight
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* In Olaf Stapleton's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' the Fifth Men begin terraforming Venus when the Moon starts falling towards Earth. Pre-terraforming Venus is apparently an ocean under the cloud cover inhabited by various creatures that feed on radioactive materials, unfortunately oxygen is extremely toxic to them and the Fifth Men don't realize that some of Venus's native life is sentient until they've already started the oxygen enriching chain reactions so they just keep on going. Three more incarnations of Man evolve on Venus before the sun expands and the Eighth Men migrate to Neptune.

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* In Olaf Stapleton's ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'' the Fifth Men begin terraforming Venus when the Moon starts falling towards Earth. Pre-terraforming Venus is apparently an ocean under the cloud my butt cover inhabited by various creatures that feed on radioactive materials, unfortunately oxygen is extremely toxic to them and the Fifth Men don't realize that some of Venus's native life is sentient until they've already started the oxygen enriching chain reactions so they just keep on going. Three more incarnations of Man evolve on Venus before the sun expands and the Eighth Men migrate to Neptune.


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* The board game ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Terraforming Mars]]'' makes each player a [[MegaCorp corporation]] or other entity tasked with building up Mars's atmosphere, surface temperature, and ocean coverage to increase their Terraformer Rating, and thus their final score. Other factors necessary for human life can also increase the TR on a case-by-case basis, such as ringing the planet with superconducting wires to give Mars a magnetic field. The creators have also ShownTheirWork by making the endgame parameters the same as in RealLife (9% ocean coverage, 8 C temperature, and 14% oxygen).
20th Jun '17 6:54:56 AM DarkHunter
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** Central to the plot of ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', where the heroes have to reset some malfunctioning {{Precursor}} terraforming machines to alter planets in the Heleus Cluster to their liking (the planets had originally been inhabitable, but were damaged while they travelled there). The technology is considered dangerous however, since no one has a clue how the machines work, and anything that can alter a planet's weather patterns in ''seconds'' is some seriously powerful tech.
9th Jun '17 3:34:12 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Wildstorm}} universe, it's eventually revealed that Earth was in fact terraformed by technology created by the ancestors of the Kherubim, who were far more [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Sufficiently Advanced]] than even the present-day Kherans were aware. This explains in part why humans and Kherans can [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]]; our DNA is partially based on theirs.
* But in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', another {{Wildstorm}} series, a totally different explanation was given at the end of Warren Ellis's run (not surprisingly, since it's Warren "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs" Ellis). Here the Earth was placed in its proper orbit by what is, essentially, God: a pyramidal being the size of our moon with four thousand hearts and pores the size of Staten Island. God even placed some "watch spores" on the planet to make sure everything stayed perfect, then went off to wander the universe for a bit. In the meantime, a big chunk of something hit the Earth, then started orbiting, becoming our moon. By sheer chance, the watch spores were among the matter blown off by the impact. This tilted Earth's axis, altered the atmosphere, and eventually led to the development of life as we know it today. God eventually comes back to discover that its vacation home has suddenly developed a totally poisonous (to it) atmosphere and grown a six-billion-strong infestation. In order to return the planet to its "proper" state, God drops some disgusting organic machinery into the African veldt that begins restoring the original atmosphere. So it's not so much terraforming as ''un''-terraforming.

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* In the {{Wildstorm}} {{Creator/Wildstorm}} universe, it's eventually revealed that Earth was in fact terraformed by technology created by the ancestors of the Kherubim, who were far more [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Sufficiently Advanced]] than even the present-day Kherans were aware. This explains in part why humans and Kherans can [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]]; our DNA is partially based on theirs.
* But in ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', another {{Wildstorm}} Wildstorm series, a totally different explanation was given at the end of Warren Ellis's run (not surprisingly, since it's Warren "WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs" Ellis). Here the Earth was placed in its proper orbit by what is, essentially, God: a pyramidal being the size of our moon with four thousand hearts and pores the size of Staten Island. God even placed some "watch spores" on the planet to make sure everything stayed perfect, then went off to wander the universe for a bit. In the meantime, a big chunk of something hit the Earth, then started orbiting, becoming our moon. By sheer chance, the watch spores were among the matter blown off by the impact. This tilted Earth's axis, altered the atmosphere, and eventually led to the development of life as we know it today. God eventually comes back to discover that its vacation home has suddenly developed a totally poisonous (to it) atmosphere and grown a six-billion-strong infestation. In order to return the planet to its "proper" state, God drops some disgusting organic machinery into the African veldt that begins restoring the original atmosphere. So it's not so much terraforming as ''un''-terraforming.
9th Jun '17 10:16:39 AM FordPrefect
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** However Federation Terraforming regulation require a planet to be devoid of any trace of life, so not even possible future species might be prevented from evolving naturally.

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** However However, Federation Terraforming regulation regulations require a planet to be devoid of any trace of life, so not even possible future species might be prevented from evolving naturally.
9th Jun '17 10:15:27 AM FordPrefect
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheSeedsOfDeath "The Seeds of Death"]], the Ice Warriors tried to modify Earth to make it more habitable for them -- i.e., colder.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheSeedsOfDeath [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath "The Seeds of Death"]], the Ice Warriors tried to modify Earth to make it more habitable for them -- i.e., colder.
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