Story summary.Bill Lauren is an evil well-connected industrial monopolist who controls space colonization supplies. One of his substandard equipment has just killed several human colonists on Titan.
Doc Kramer has invented a daring method to terraform Titan, but Bill has managed to keep him away (Doc will eventually get murdered). Now this accident has made a hero out of Bert Kraskow, one of the colonists, who will go ahead with Doc's terrafroming plan with his wife & a friend - with police (goaded by Bill) on his chase.
- Dropping a big hydrogen bomb ("Big Pill") with carefully calculated yield on the side of Titan opposite the colonists camp, setting in motion a transformation of local elements that will create earth like atmosphere in double quick time - only a few days!
- And giving Titan a new sun to keep it warm - by burning a big fission pile in a stable orbit above the surface.
Fact sheet.First published: Planet Stories, September 1952.
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Related: Stories of Raymond Z Gallun; Terraforming fiction; Fiction from 1950s.