‘Gothic GSV’ 3D Fractal Illustration

‘Gothic GSV’ 3D Fractal Illustration

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‘Gothic GSV’ was created using the 3D Fractal program ‘Mandelbulb 3D’, which is available for free download from FractalForums.com
with additional compositing in Photoshop

In the ‘Culture’ series of SF novels by the late Iain M. Banks, ships are intelligent individuals, often of very large size, controlled by one or more Minds. The ship is considered the Mind’s body. Some ships – General Systems Vehicles or GSV’s – for example, are tens or even hundreds of kilometers in length and may have millions or even billions of residents who live on them full-time. Together with Orbitals, such ships represent the main form of habitat for the Culture. Such large ships may temporarily contain multitudes of smaller ships with their own populations, and/or manufacture such ships themselves.

As individuals, these ships can outwardly express their personalities in many ways, as they possess the capability to build and modify themselves. It is only natural therefore that some will occasionally exhibit quite eccentric characteristics. In this case the GSV has opted for a somewhat gothic apprearance, with a few baroque flourishes.
Some Culture citizens, well known throughout the galaxy for their own eccentric tastes, will happily opt to live aboard such a ship, perhaps feeling that this matches their present, chosen character.

Suggestions for a suitably ‘Culture-ish’ name for this GSV would be most welcome!!

 

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