planetary engineering n.
large-scale modification of the environment or geography of a planet; = terraforming n.
Planetary engineering is expensive, Bob…especially when the equipment would have to be brought so far. It would have been nearly impossible for any one to develop such a remote asteroid secretly.
Cometeers in Astounding Stories July 129/1
The greatest technical achievements of the next few centuries may well be in the field of what could be called ‘planetary engineering’—the reshaping of other worlds to suit human needs.
Exploration of Space 118
Even the planetary engineering resulting in the creation of this world took approximately seven days, using your present system of time measure.
Second Advent in Worlds of If June 139/2
He…brought out a book…. ‘This is one of the authorities on planetary engineering.’
Planetary engineering on such an enormous scale, in such a short time, had never been attempted, not even on Mars…. Katrin and Davout had argued for a more elegant approach to Rhea’s problems, a reliance on organic systems to modify the planet’s extreme weather instead of assaulting Rhea with macro-tech and engineering. Theirs was the approach that finally won the support of the majority of the terraforming team.
Lethe in Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept.
Yes, he had needed some big-scale equipment, but even though he had reused a solar-power station, itself a much-hated relic of the past Heroic age with its hubristic planetary engineering schemes, he would use energies of orders of magnitude less than those that had hurled Dexter Cole to Proxima.
Proxima x. 54
Jack Williamson 'The Cometeers'
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a cite from a 1967 reprint of Heinlein's 1950 "Farmer in the Sky".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1936 cite from Jack Williamson's "The Cometeers".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Stephen Baxter.
Clive Shergold submitted a 1981 cite from Terry Pratchett.
(Earliest cite in the OED: 1951)
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