Terraforming: Suggested Readings

A selected reading list from Mary Turzillo

Ahrens, Peter, “The Terraformation of Worlds

Averner, M. M.; MacElroy, R. D., eds.. On the Habitability of Mars: An Approach to Planetary Ecosynthesis, 1976

Beech, Martin, Terraforming: The Creating of Habitable Worlds (Astronomers’ Universe), Springer 2009

Benford, Greg “How to Terraform the Moon,” Slate, July 14, 2014.

Choi, by Charles Q. Choi: “Bugs in Space- Microscopic miners could help humans thrive on other planets“. Scientific American magazine,(November 1, 2010)

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars.” Vice Motherboard. 2015-06-24

DARPA Wants To Use Genetically Engineered Organisms To Make Mars More Earth-Like“. Tech Times. 27 June 2015

Dorminey, Bruce “Why The Moon Should Never Be Terraformed“, Forbes, July 27, (2016).

Fogg, Martyn J.: Terraforming: Engineering Planetary Environments First Edition Edition, Society of Automotive Engineers; First Edition edition (July 1, 1995)

Fogg, M. J. (1987). “The terraforming of Venus“. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. 40: 551.

Fogg, Martyn J. (1996). “A Planet Dweller’s Dream.” In Schmidt, Stanley & Zubrin, Robert (eds.). Islands in the Sky. New York: Wiley. pp. 143–67.

Fogg Martyn J. (2000). The Ethical Dimensions of Space Settlement. Space Policy, 16, 205–211. Also presented (1999) at the 50th International Astronautical Congress, Amsterdam (IAA-99-IAA.7.1.07).

Fogg, Martyn J. (1998). “Terraforming Mars: A Review of Current Research” (PDF). Advances in Space Research. Committee on Space Research.

Gerstell, M. F.; Francisco, J. S.; Yung, Y. L.; Boxe, C.; Aaltonee, E. T. (27 February 2001). “Keeping Mars warm with new super greenhouse gases“. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 98 (5): 2154–2157

Gronstal, Aaron; Perez, Julio Aprea; Bittner, Tobias; Clacey, Erik; Grubisic, Angelo; Rogers, Damian (2005). Bioforming and terraforming: A balance of methods for feasible space colonization. 56th International Astronautical Congress.

Haynes, RH (1990), “Ecce Ecopoiesis: Playing God on Mars”, in MacNiven, D. (1990-07-13), Moral Expertise: studies in practical and professional ethics, Routledge. pp. 161–163

Here’s How We’ll Terraform Mars With Microbes,” Popular Mechanics. 7 May 2015.

Hiscox, Juliana A.; Thomas, David J. (October 1995). “Genetic modification and selection of microorganisms for growth on Mars“. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.

Kargel, Jeffrey Stuart (2004). Mars: a warmer, wetter planet. Springer.

Kaku, Michio, The Future of Humanity, Our Destiny in the Universe, Anchor, 2019. Passim.

Landis, Geoffrey (2011). “Terraforming Venus: A Challenging Project for Future Colonization“. AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition.

Landis, Geoffrey (1990) “Air Pollution on the Moon,” Analog, June.

Lopez, Jose V; Peixoto, Raquel S; Rosado, Alexandre S. “Inevitable future: space colonization beyond Earth with microbes first“. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. (22 August 2019) 95 (10).

McKay, Christopher P. “On Terraforming Mars“. Extrapolation. January 1982, 23 (4): 309–314.

McKay Christopher P. & Haynes, Robert H. (1997). Implanting Life on Mars as a Long Term Goal for Mars Exploration, in The Case for Mars IV: Considerations for Sending Humans, ed. Thomas R. Meyer (San Diego, California: American Astronautical Society/Univelt), Pp. 209–15.

McKay, Christopher, and Robert Zubrin, “Do Indigenous Martian Bacteria have Precedence over Human Exploration?”, pp. 177–182, in On to Mars: Colonizing a New World, Apogee Books Space Series, 2002

MacNiven, D. “Environmental Ethics and Planetary Engineering“. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. 1995, 48: 441–44.

Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology,” NASA, June 30, 2018

Oberg, James Edward (1981). New Earths: Restructuring Earth and Other Planets. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Sagan, Carl (1961). “The Planet Venus“. Science. 133 (3456): 849–58.

Sagan, Carl (December 1973). “Planetary engineering on Mars”. Icarus. 20 (4): 513–514.

Schwartz, James S. J., “On the Moral Permissiblity of Terraforming,” Ethics & the Environment, 18(2) 2013

Schwartz, James S. J., “Where no planetary protection policy has gone before,” International Journal of Astrobiology, 18, 353–361.

Schwartz, James S. J., The Value of Science in Space Exploration, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020. (Several chapters address the ethics of terraforming and human colonization.)

Smith, Chris (25 June 2015). “We Definitely Want to Live on Mars – Here’s How We Plan to Tame the Red Planet“. BGR. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

Solar wind ripping chunks off Mars, Cosmos, (November 25, 2008)

Sparrow, R. (1999). ‘The ethics of terraforming’ Environmental Ethics vol. 21

Taylor, Richard L. S. (1992) Paraterraforming – The worldhouse concept. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, vol. 45, no. 8, pp. 341–352.

Will tweaked microbes make Mars Earth-like? – Times of India“. The Times of India.

Williams, Matt ,”How Do We Terraform the Moon?” Universe Today, 31 March, 2016.

York, Paul, “The Ethics of Terraforming,” Philosophy Now

Zubrin, Robert; McKay, Christopher (1993). “Technological requirements for terraforming Mars“. 29th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit.

Zubrin, Robert : The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, pp. 248–249, Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 1996.

To this list, we could add the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of science fiction works based on human terraforming of solar and extrasolar planets.

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