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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Extra-Terra Bio-Institute (ETBI) Bio-Conditioning  
  The overarching work of adapting human beings to alien worlds.  

The builders of the New York World’s Fair of 1939 had called it the "World of Tomorrow.” They would have been utterly amazed, however, to see what reared on those same grounds a century later.

To the eye, it was simply a group of giant, windowless buildings; the conditioning chambers of ETBI — Extra-Terra Bio-Institute. But within them, in sealed cubicles, were a hundred varieties of temperature, pressure, lighting, and the other strange conditions of extra-terrestrial environments. It was a large-scale biological project that had meant much in Earth’s colonization of the planets...

ETBI, where the bio-conditioning was carried on, was a separate branch of the Earth Union Government, along with the Space Navy, Interplanetary Exploration and Planetary Survey Bureaus. The exploitation of space was a highly organized process.

First the ships of the exploration service mapped and explored, on any new world. Then the Planetary Survey experts tabulated all raw resources. mineral and otherwise. The Space Navy stepped in next, to establish outposts and fueling stations.

Finally ETBI sent its tailored, permanent colonists to dig in and develop the planet. And a new world had been added to man's growing roster!

Technovelgy from The Impossible World, by Eando Binder.
Published by Startling Stories in 1939
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