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Dreams of terraforming--turning sterile worlds into living ecologies. I dream regularly of such attempts--not surprising, since I have environmental illness, and many places designed by and for humans, from factories to offices to airports and malls, are uninhabitable for me. It's a dream of a world where I can live free.

But I think these dream-planets, these worlds of desert and ice that we struggle to make green, are also my own stressed-out body. Their thin biospheres are like my isolated, austere life...

There's a third interpretation of all these dreams of spreading life through the solar system and beyond: they're literal. I've had too many dreams, over the decades, that I've interpreted symbolically, only to find out they were predictions. Terraforming dreams are too long-term to test; but I think they're real, and we'll eventually do it.

Few things would tempt me into rebirth on a world like Earth... but I have to admit, I'd risk it to be a terraformer. Definitely a dream-job. I wonder if I'll get the chance.

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IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
IN THE ENEMY MINE: by Wayan; 1986/1/11, a psychic dream.
On Mars, a child-sacrificing cult of miners wants to kill me, but something strange happens....
FUTURES: by Wayan; 2003/9/22, a nondream ecological sculpture series
A set of travelogs (with orbital photos) of Earth, Mars and Venus on the same day--as they are 1000 years from now...
JAREDIA: by Wayan; 770K, 26 illus, early 2003, a nondream sculpture/photoessay/travelog.
I tilted the Earth to create a tropical supercontinent from Bali to Tierra
del Fuego. What will evolve there--and on the new tropical Antarctica?
LASERBOMB: by Wayan, 1995/7/3, a dream on paralysis.
I'm on Mars. The terraforming is going well. Then saboteurs set off a laserbomb in the street near me...
THE LAST LUNAR STORM: by Wayan; 1999/8/27, a dream of a future squared.
Lunar terraforming lags behind Mars; a global ice storm hits, like the bad old days. But the future...
LUCID ON THE MOON: by Wayan; 1980/2/23, a long-term psychic dream.
I'm on the run, on the moon. Cyborgs toss bombs at me. Yikes! Is this what melted Mare Orientalis?
LUNAR REPUBLIC BORDERGUARD: by Wayan; 1996/8/30 sculpture of 1995/11/14 dream.
A looming figure on the border of the new Lunar Republic, who told me it's time to turn from war to art...
MARS REBORN: by Wayan; 15 pages, 27 photos, 2003/9/22, a tour of a sculpted/virtual world
Mars as it will be 1000 years from now, terraformed. A guided tour with photos...
MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of the dreamseries UNICORN TAG.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars,
Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
MOONCAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/14; a subtle dream-comic about sonar. text version
Near a mysterious sculpture garden on the moon, lives the blind, bike-riding sage I seek: Moon-Cat...
THE PLANETOCOPIA INTERVIEW: David Cole of "Whose Fault is That?" questions Wayan; 2009/5/6.
The roots and reasons and back-stories for the nineteen virtual worlds making up Planetocopia...
POLES NOW, TROPICS LATER: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on the pace of change.
I'm a Martian revolutionary, making the glaciers grow. The equator's still dry, but change is coming...
THE PROBLEM OF PAIN: by Wayan; 1984/5/15, a devious dream.
We sail to the Isle of the Blest, but God exiles me to Fargo, North Dakota. But God's up to something subtle...
RUNAWAY MOONS: by Wayan; 2011/4/6, an absurd nightmare poem
New moons appear. I try to mash them into a spare Earth, but botch the orbits.
So now, runaway moons rumble down a steep San Francisco hill...
WHAT THE PTEROS TELL: by Wayan; 1995/9/11, an archeometeorological rant.
The size of ancient flying creatures implies that Earth may lose more atmosphere over time than we think...
TILT!: by Wayan; 2002-3, a nondream study of four alternate Earths
I drilled new poles in my globe and tilted the Earth. Ice Age or Carboniferous? Flood or drought?
Come visit tropical Antarctica, the Thai Desert, the Hawaiian glaciers, the jungles of France!
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; a virtual world with c.200 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
WITCH AT THE IRON CORE: by Wayan; 1998/10/16, an engineering-proposal dream.
A witch in the future invents a new way to terraform small dense moons--and it'd work!...
XANADU: by Wayan; 2006/6/6, a nondream virtual world
An alternate Titan, Titan as it should have been, with ethane seas full of life...

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