to transform (a planet or environment) by terraforming n.
He had been the original claimant of Obania, forty years ago; and Drake was the young spatial engineer he employed to terraform the little rock, only two kilometers through—by sinking a shaft to its heart for the paragravity installation, generating oxygen and water from mineral oxides, releasing absorptive gases to trap the feeble heat of the far-off Sun.
Collision Orbit in Astounding Science-Fiction July 82/1
Rick was impressed to discover that Pallas, capital of all the Mandate, was not yet completely terraformed—although the city and a score of mining centers had their own paragravity units a few miles beneath the surface, there was as yet no peegee installation at the center of gravity.
Collision Orbit in Astounding Science-Fiction July 90/1
Once old Bruce O'Banion…hired Jim Drake to terraform it.
Seetee Shock in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 37/1
The middle two planets are inhabited, both terraformed by First Empire scientists after Jasper Murcheson.
Mote in God’s Eye (1975) i. iv. 33
We build worlds, we don’t just terraform planets. Robots could do that. We build places where the imagination of human beings can find an anchor.
Well, it’s no secret that life at Arsia Base was rough. Always will be rough, or at least until someone gets around to terraforming Mars, which is a wild-eyed fantasy if you ask me.
Live from the Mars Hotel in Asimov’s Science Fiction mid-December 108
So they can take it to an inhabited world, of course. Instead of finding an uninhabited planet to terraform and colonize.
Xenocide viii. 138
I studied engineering at Newcastle-on-Tyne, and I thought terraforming Mars from the Oort was the biggest, most wonderful idea anybody ever had.
Mining the Oort (1993) 69
You’d have enough energy not just to terraform the nearly habitable planet, but make it over completely.
Muddle Earth 114
Mercury, long considered too expensive to terraform, had been purchased and partially destroyed, doctored rock and iron fashioned into a fleet of enormous orbiting solar collectors.
History of Terraforming in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 94
Jack Williamson, "Collision Orbit"
Research HistoryRick Hauptmann submitted a 1942 cite from Jack Williamson's "Collision Orbit".
Clive Shergold submitted a 1981 cite from Terry Pratchett.
Last modified 2023-08-21 13:23:28
In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.