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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Geotect  
  A person who creates landforms and physical environments  

MPS made consumer goods and ITL made real estate, which was, as ever, where the real money was. Counted by the hectare, it didn't amount to much– just a few strategically placed islands really, counties rather than continents– but it was the most expensive real estate in the world outside of a few blessed places like Tokyo, San Francisco, and Manhattan. The reason was that Imperial Tectonics had geotects, and geotects could make sure that every new piece of land possessed the charms of Frisco, the strategic location of Manhattan, the feng-shui of Hong Kong, the dreary but obligatory Lebensraum of L.A. It was no longer necessary to send out dirty yokels in coonskin caps to chart the wilderness, kill the abos, and clear-cut the groves; now all you needed was a hot young geotect, a start matter compiler, and a jumbo Source.
Technovelgy from The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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Compare to planets made habitable from Last and First Men (1930) by Olaf Stapledon and terraforming from Collision Orbit (1941) by Jack Williamson.

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