G’day! Caturday’s Astrophenia will be back next week when the fortnight is over. This week, I’ve recent uploads to DeviantART and this time with real titles, something I ought rightly to do more often with these pieces! First, they are available as prints in a variety of formats and as free raw file downloads at 6400 x 3600 pixels and about 20 MB in file size or so, so I advise caution for those of you with finicky Internet connections.
So, a little commentary on the titles. These derive from what I initially saw in them as they completed main rendering and the shadow calculation was finished.
Caught in the Backblast reminds me of a starship’s main drive engine seen from the rear, perhaps some sort of ionized low-density plasma, either an ion drive, or the initial warming up of a fission thermal chemical propulsion engine, or a high-thrust fusion-torch drive, like that of an interstellar Bussard ram-jet. It definitely does NOT remind me of a nuclear-pulse drive, like that of the old Project Orion proposal that was abandoned after its designers realized the potential for nuclear terrorism that the technology posed. I STILL can’t do nuclear explosion effects in space very well even at this point in my ability with the software (Mandelbulb 3d), and I may have to resort to after-rendering editing with the appropriate software, like Pixelmator (my favorite), or GIMP, or whatever works best for the OS (I currently use El Capitan).
A Place of Strangers comes from the fact that to me, it evokes a long-lost space-borne site of my Gods of Terra aliens, the Strangers, still drifting in the void between star systems and humming with power after billions of years. Funny thing about that species: They are a Precursor race, seemingly vanished or extinct long ago save for their artifacts and installations scattered across the galaxy, but are actually from billions of years in the distant future, the evolved descendants of humanity, still extant, who looped back through time into the early history of the universe to preserve the flow of history and their own existence through meddling in the past by preventing paradoxes that would erase them.
Macroplasmid uses a Julia set of a hybrid Mandelbox formula, one of the component formulas being a Smooth Mandelbox, which typically has a very cool, curvy, biological and sometimes creepy feel to it. The title derives from the odd, organic-matter look and the aliens from an old Space: 1999 episode (I believe from the second and final season) Bringers of Wonderment in which the aliens, illusion-casters who wanted to blow up the Moon in a nuclear blast and kill all the humans on it so that they could feed on the radiation, were pretty horrific in their true form and described by resident alien Maya as looking like ‘decayed plasmids,’ or something of the sort. Damned ugly, and weird to any extent.
So, what do you see in these?
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