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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Seeder Ramship  
  A spacecraft designed to travel from one star system to another , terrafoming worlds for use.  

From Rammer, by Larry Niven.
Published by Tor in 1991
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