terraformer n.

one who engages in terraforming n.; (in 1942 quot.) a device that is used for terraforming

  • 1942 ‘W. Stewart’ Minus Sign in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 51/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Beyond a hidden doorway a guarded elevator dropped them to the terraformer room at the center of gravity.

  • 1979 J. Oberg Farming Planets in O. Davis Omni Book of Space 17

    Terraformers call for a physical assault on such conditions.

  • 1988 R. Frazier Retrovision in G. Dozois Isaac Asimov’s Mars (1991) 59

    At Geolab, Joaquim studied plugs that had been drilled from the Martian North Pole before it had been melted with an orbiting mirror… a strategy that terraformers hoped would chain-react into a greenhouse effect.

  • 1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 74 Arthur C. Clarke

    He always had clear skies, and, despite the best efforts of the terraformers, they would remain that way for the next few generations.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 123 Kim Stanley Robinson

    It was, in fact, the Oceanus Borealis that some terraformers talked about—but buried, deeply buried, and mostly frozen, and mixed with regolith and dense fines…

  • 1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 188 David Brin

    Even if all the technicians and Terraformers left, where would that leave the natives?

  • 1998 J. Meaney To Hold Infinity xiv. 184

    They're exploitationist. They want to rape the ecology so much, they might as well go live with the terraformers in the cities.

  • 2003 M. Swanwick Archaic Planets: Nine Excerpts from Encyclopedia Galactica in Cigar-Box Faust and other miniatures 73 Michael Swanwick

    During their absence, the terraformers had transformed a hundred and twenty worlds into virtual Edens.

  • 2006 N. Asher Polity Agent iii. 72 Neal Asher bibliography

    Here then was an attempt to allow a terraformer to create something not quite so homogeneous as many worlds in the Polity.


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