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Planetary Engineering  
  Remaking or modifying an entire planet.  

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.
Technovelgy from The Cometeers, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Street and Smith in 1936
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Compare to planets made habitable from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon and terraforming from Collision Orbit (1942) also by Williamson.

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