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"I did more research, and realized I almost would rather be a biologist than a writer, because there was incredible stuff going on!"
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Boring Heat Machine  
  Takes tunnel boring material and turns it into building material.  

In digging their volcanic shafts it would be no impossible task for them to adapt their wonderful machines for fashioning the lava product into underground corridors and chambers instead of the castles or fortresses they had first built above ground...

Then I noticed that the character of the earth flowing from the boring machine was changing. In a few minutes molten lava was pouring out of the broad-lipped spouts. There ensued unusual activity on the part of the shovel-handed machines, whose operators, with a skill that held me enthralled, manipulated the liquid stone, absorbing the heat from it with accessory apparatus, and shaping it as it hardened.

From The Onslaught From Venus, by Frank Phillips.
Published by Science Wonder Stories in 1929
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(Heat machine from 'The Onslaught From Venus' by Frank Phillips)

"Here we see ... one of their heat machines is turning out molten lava made from rock and earth, and which later will be used to make building blocks for these invaders."

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