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C.A.T arriving at Vavatch Orbital by MarkJayBee C.A.T arriving at Vavatch Orbital by MarkJayBee
Mandelbulb 3D v1.8.2 [link]

DEcombinate in min mode using: HeightMapIFS/SphereHeightMapIFS/CylinderHeightMapIFS/TorusIFS

Not strictly a 'pure' fractal - all dIFS - but it was the only way to get the outcome I was looking for.
Two layers in PS, so it's a manip too!

Continuing my attempts to fractally portray scenes from Iain M. Banks's 'Culture' novels,
this is an imagining of the ship 'Clear Air Turbulence' landing at the Vavatch 'Orbital';
an immense toroidal structure landscaped on its inner surface.
Taken from his superb novel 'Consider Phlebas'.
Rumour has it that a movie treatment is in preparation! Boy, would I love to work on that one!! :eager:

Fullview please....:nod:
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sohighlydubious Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awe-inspiring stuff, MJB! Just remember, your gravity belt won't work here! And a film, you say? Exciting!
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :laughing:  :D Yeah, there was a rumour of a treatment being in preparation, but nothing further alas....:shrug:
sohighlydubious Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess there's a bright side. Can you imagine what a mess the movie industry would make of Banks' work?
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
So then, this Vatatch Orbital is a Ring Around The World..?
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nope, it's actually a free floating ring about 3 million miles in diameter, and in orbit around its sun! :nod:
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
A Dyson *Ring*!
blueb0g Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
In essence, yes. At least that's what the original Ring, Larry Niven's ring in his 1970 book Ringworld was - a dyson sphere but with most of the sphere left out, leaving only a ring. This removes the need for artificial gravity - you can spin a ring to provide gravity, you can't do the same with a sphere... This is often known as a 'Niven Ring' or just a 'Ringworld'. In Ian M Bank's novels though, the Orbitals are based on Niven Rings but are far smaller and do not encircle a star, like a Niven Ring or a Dyson Sphere would. Instead, they maintain an essentially planetary orbit of a star. Gravity is still provided by spinning, however. 
Topas2012 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG... this is Amazing :wow:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks Sergio - glad you like it! :D
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