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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.
9th Jun '17 10:13:27 AM FordPrefect
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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 life evolves comes from their yeast farms, which explains why we are biochemically compatible.

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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 comes from their yeast farms, which explains why we are biochemically compatible.
9th Jun '17 10:11:02 AM FordPrefect
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Often applied to the ColonizedSolarSystem. As seen in the trope picture, UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is likely to be a popular target for any terraforming operation in both fiction and reality. It has one of the shortest travel distances (second only to Venus), and is solid. Venus is also a popular candidate in fiction, being almost completely similar to Earth in terms of size and gravity, but it's second to Mars because warming something up is a lot easier than cooling it down[[note]]And there'd be a ''lot'' of cooling to do; Venus has a surface temperature of a whopping 462°C (864°F), over 100°C hotter than the melting point of ''lead''. And even if it had an identical atmosphere to Earth, its would still average 73°C (163°F) due to its greater proximity to the Sun.[[/note]], and unlike Mars, Venus's slow rotation would have to be dealt with.

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Often applied to the ColonizedSolarSystem. As seen in the trope picture, UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} is likely to be a popular target for any terraforming operation in both fiction and reality. It has one of the shortest travel distances (second only to Venus), and is solid. Venus is also a popular candidate in fiction, being almost completely similar to Earth in terms of size and gravity, but it's second to Mars because warming something up is a lot easier than cooling it down[[note]]And there'd be a ''lot'' of cooling to do; Venus has a surface temperature of a whopping 462°C (864°F), over 100°C hotter than the melting point of ''lead''. And even if it had an identical atmosphere to Earth, its it would still average 73°C (163°F) due to its greater proximity to the Sun.[[/note]], and unlike Mars, Venus's slow rotation would have to be dealt with.
9th Jun '17 10:09:52 AM FordPrefect
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Terraforming itself is an actual area of study right now, as scientists try to design methods to create both self-contained environments (Bio-Domes being famous examples) and species that can survive in a hostile environment and improve it until it has a self-sustaining biosphere that can sustain humans. Easier said than done. ''Literally,'' because [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness soft sci-fi settings]] tend to sneeze out terraforming efforts and planets like Martians with a cold. Still, at this point a terraforming project (at least on Mars) is theoretically possible using current technology, if not ludicrously expensive and time-consuming.

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Terraforming itself is an actual area of study right now, as scientists try to design methods to create both self-contained environments (Bio-Domes being famous examples) and species that can survive in a hostile environment and improve it until it has a self-sustaining biosphere that can sustain humans. Easier said than done. ''Literally,'' because [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness soft sci-fi settings]] tend to sneeze out terraforming efforts and planets like Martians with a cold. Still, at this point a terraforming project (at least on Mars) is theoretically possible using current technology, if not albeit ludicrously expensive and time-consuming.
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