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26th Sep '16 1:45:11 PM intastiel
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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' is set on an alien world which is in the process of being terraformed.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' is set on an alien world which is in the process of being terraformed.terraformed by the NGOSuperpower Ecosystems Unlimited. Projects include hauling a moon into orbit, excavating the desired terrain features, and cultivating [[ShownTheirWork ecosystem patches]] to propagate across the landmasses. One of the main characters is a parasitologist who consults on the planet's microorganism populations; another is Sawtooth Rivergrinder, a robot who does exactly that.
6th Sep '16 1:20:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Life on most of the Known Worlds in ''FadingSuns'' is supported by [[LostTechnology ancient]] terraforming engines, unfortunately many of them are now failing.

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* Life on most of the Known Worlds in ''FadingSuns'' ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' is supported by [[LostTechnology ancient]] terraforming engines, unfortunately many of them are now failing.
30th Aug '16 12:47:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''MutantChronicles'' universe has a terraformed Mars and Venus.

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* The ''MutantChronicles'' ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' universe has a terraformed Mars and Venus.
18th Aug '16 1:21:58 AM PaulA
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* Many of the planets in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' have to be terraformed to a greater [[note]]Komarr: four hundred years of domed living, with another four hundred to come, while the solar mirror array and genetically engineered plants make the atmosphere breathable and warm enough[[/note]] or lesser [[note]]Barrayar: dump Earth soil and Earth-descended plants in place and burn away the native stuff; well, at least until the butter bugs start working[[/note]] extent.

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* Many of the planets in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' have to be terraformed to a greater [[note]]Komarr: or lesser extrent. The inhabitants of Komarr have had four hundred years of domed living, with another four hundred to come, while the solar mirror array and genetically engineered plants make the atmosphere breathable and warm enough[[/note]] or lesser [[note]]Barrayar: enough. Barrayar is at the other end of the scale: the colonists just had to dump Earth soil and Earth-descended plants in place and burn away the native stuff; well, at least until stuff, although as of ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'' there has been some interesting progress in genetically engineering life-forms that convert the butter bugs start working[[/note]] extent.native plant life into something compatible with the human biosphere.
29th Jul '16 8:57:43 AM R1ck
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We would also like to draw your attention to a little bit of verbal trickery in the first sentence: "[[DeathWorld human-unfriendly environment]]". This is not the same as uninhabitable, with acid rains, lead-melting temperatures, or hard vacuum. Sometimes, a planet is plenty alive... sometimes, ''[[GardenOfEvil too alive]]'', with [[ManEatingPlant man-eating plants]], semi- to [[EvolutionaryLevels hyper-evolved]] sentients, and scores of other dangers. A few old sci-fi serials and pulps would have their heroes' effort designed to create a "domestication" of savage planets, much like [[TheWestern The American West]] was "tamed" with all the attendant heartache and extinctions.

More recently, some shows turn this around by showcasing how terraforming an already-living world can be ecologically disastrous, or ethically questionable, [[HostileTerraforming even weaponized]]. Or just plain pisses off the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens near omnipotent residents]]. Some works even turn the concept inside-out, showing how aliens arrive on Earth and mess the ecology up so badly that the planet becomes barely habitable, if at all, for humans (any [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic similarities]] to GlobalWarming are [[SarcasmMode entirely coincidental]]); this is sometimes termed xenoforming or un-terraforming. Still less scrupulous beings will weaponize the terraforming process itself; see HostileTerraforming for more details on that twist.

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We would also like to draw your attention to a little bit of verbal trickery in Sometimes though, the first sentence: "[[DeathWorld human-unfriendly environment]]". This planet is only harsh to humans, not the same as uninhabitable, with acid rains, lead-melting temperatures, or hard vacuum. Sometimes, a other forms of life. The planet is plenty alive... sometimes, ''[[GardenOfEvil too alive]]'', with [[ManEatingPlant man-eating plants]], semi- to [[EvolutionaryLevels hyper-evolved]] sentients, and scores of other dangers. A few old sci-fi serials and pulps would have their heroes' effort designed to create a "domestication" of savage planets, much like [[TheWestern The American West]] was "tamed" with all the attendant heartache and extinctions.

More recently, some shows turn this around by showcasing how terraforming an already-living world can be ecologically disastrous, or ethically questionable, [[HostileTerraforming even weaponized]]. Or just plain pisses off the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens near omnipotent residents]]. Some works even turn the concept inside-out, showing how aliens arrive on Earth and mess the ecology up so badly that the planet becomes barely habitable, if at all, for humans (any (with [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic similarities]] to GlobalWarming are [[SarcasmMode entirely coincidental]]); GlobalWarming) ; this is sometimes termed xenoforming or un-terraforming. Still less scrupulous beings will weaponize the terraforming process itself; see HostileTerraforming for more details on that twist.
un-terraforming.
2nd Jul '16 11:34:54 AM nombretomado
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* Mata Nui does this as he reforms Spherus Magna in ''{{Bionicle}}'', making parts of the desert Bara Magna into jungle, mountains, etc.

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* Mata Nui does this as he reforms Spherus Magna in ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', making parts of the desert Bara Magna into jungle, mountains, etc.
30th May '16 3:08:16 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Note that in TransformersCybertron, the titular planet is also a Transforming Mecha. Primus just prefers to remain as a home for his children.

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** Note that in TransformersCybertron, Anime/TransformersCybertron, the titular planet is also a Transforming Mecha. Primus just prefers to remain as a home for his children.
17th May '16 8:42:19 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' novels the terraforming efforts on Mars and the first extrasolar colony were disastrous. Something in Mars' atmosphere killed the first colonists to breathe the air within a day, the extrasolar world spawned some nasty plagues and macro-life. By Kovacs' time colony barges are loaded with specialized AIs that thoroughly plan out the new ecology, including what parts of the native ecology to destroy, before the colonists are even decanted from their cloning tanks.


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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' terraforming is an expensive process using mid-game tech to change a planet's type (arctic, arid, continental, ocean, etc) over decades to something more easily inhabited by one or your empire's species.
17th May '16 7:58:08 PM FearlessSon
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* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' shows that Weyland-Yutani has terraformed the unihabited planet from the first movie sufficiently for a breatheable atmosphere in the past 57 years. The aliens have holed up in a massive atmosphere generation tower, with an unstable fusion reactor.

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* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' shows that Weyland-Yutani has terraformed the unihabited planet from the first movie sufficiently for a breatheable atmosphere in the past 57 years. The aliens have holed up in a massive atmosphere generation tower, with an unstable fusion reactor. A cut scene shows that while the terraforming has been going on for years, it is still a work in progress. The atmosphere near the atmospheric converter (and thus near the main colony site itself) is breathable, but further out supplemental oxygen masks are recommended.
26th Apr '16 3:27:42 AM DannWoolf
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* ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}'': Zerg buildings are built on a thick matting of purplish organic material called creep that is spread from certain buildings. It prevents other species from building on it, but recedes if the producing building (creep colonies in the first game, creep tumors in the second) is killed. In the second game, zerg ground units move much faster while on creep.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': Zerg buildings are built on a thick matting of purplish organic material called creep that is spread from certain buildings. It prevents other species from building on it, but recedes if the producing building (creep colonies in the first game, creep tumors in the second) is killed. In the second game, zerg ground units move much faster while on creep.




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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': The Great Deku Tree sends the Koroks out to plant trees on the islands of the Great Sea in an attempt to reclaim land from the sea.
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