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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Air-Tight Cities  
  Cities with breathable air constructed on worlds with no atmosphere.  

“I don’t believe man could be beaten down so easily,” Felton said stubbornly. “Let’s look at the other planets, those nearer the sun...”

...as the little world of Mercury came into their view and grew larger, a tiny sphere clinging close beside the dying sun, Felton exclaimed aloud in triumph.

For there on the rocky surface of the microcosmic planet Mercury reared cities, strange cities that were all enclosed by transparent shields, and under which were structures and streets and crowding humans.

“You see!” cried Gregg. “Man has managed to reach Mercury, to build air-tight cities in which to live there.”

Technovelgy from The Cosmic Pantograph, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1935
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Compare to the moon dome from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings.

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