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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

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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