Anders Raytracing Page

I love to create imaginary worlds using raytracing. I currently use Bryce 4 and PoVRay, usually combined with Poser, small c-programs to create the scenes and the Sced scene editor.
Tubeplot: a package for tube plotting in Matlabn and saving the tubes as Obj files

Legend

OK, I allow other to see it. Not much more.

Well, it has some good points.

I'm even happy with the picture.

The Pictures in Chronological Order

Gravity tangle. A spacetime diagram of particles moving in 2D with the 1/(r^2+epsilon) force and friction. The radius of the tubes denote speed (time goes from the top downward).

The small tree of life. A bit of hermetic kitch I just enjoyed doing. The greater tree of life is far more complex to visualise.

Earthquakes 2004/12/25-2005/1/1. A simple visualisation of the quakes along the Burma plate. A vertical worldwide view is also available.

Gott nytt år!. New Year's picture 2004-2005. Just a quick game with geometry.

Abalone Fractals. A family of fractals based on rational functions.

Bee's Bed. How would intelligent bees build codominiums?

Wild Threefoil Knot. A wild knot (i.e. a knot that cannot be smoothly transformed into a polygon) generated by using Maskit's idea of placing spheres tangent to each other along a knot and finding the invariant set under inversion in the spheres. Each sphere creates an internal image of the rest of the knot, producing a fractal wild knot where big knots have smaller knots on them. A 2d image shows a projection of the point density when the set is found using random iteration.

Divide by zero. Dividing by zero is hazardous both for you and your surroundings!

Autumn Chaos. During autumn chaos turns into gorgeous colours, more muted than the summertime ultraviolets or spring cobalts.

Stone Trees. The flame reefs of Dikaskalon are an unusual case of convergent evolution. But while terrestrial corals thrive in seawater, the stone trees thrive in the volatile petrochemical smog.

Solar Fish. Fractal generated by summing the arguments of the iterates of zn+1=exp(i*5/20)/(zn2-1).

Variation on Chua's Attractor. A close relative to Chua's attractor, colored by speed.

Art Deco Attractor and Coral Attractor. One quasiperiodic and one strange attractor.

Pink Virus. Some 3D doodling resulted in this virus capsule. Viruses are marvellous things, showing that the category 'life' has no natural border to the category 'unliving'.

Meeting in the Park. Encountering the alien is always an exhilarating experience.

Horned Sphere. A variant of the famous counterexample of the Jordan-Schönflies theorem in 3 dimensions found in 1924 by J.W. Alexander. The object is homeomorphic to a sphere, but the outside is not simply connected (a so-called wild embedding). The structure can be animated, producing a horned whisk.

Behold the enemy. The SARS genome, visualized as a vector sum (each pair of bases correspond to a move in 3D). When SARS was sequenced I felt I simply had to do a rendering based on the sequence.

Twisted threefoil surface. A surface made by rotating a flat threefoil shape around one axis, while twisting it. It can also be used as a new age pointillist bridge.

Capri. An attempt at recreating a photograph from Capri.

Engineering Remnant. Many of the structures that dot the deserts of Lunae Planum remain enigmatic. Was this intended as part of a larger construction, or is it just the top of something buried? As the martian winds howl through the metal, eerie keening sounds can be heard.

Permanence. Isn't it wonderful that something in the world is permanent? Thanks to constant extension of copyrights intellectual property will never vanish, never be subjected to the creative destruction of the market or re-interpretation. It will remain forever, and when the sun becomes a red giant it will light up the face of the Immortal Mouse towering above the dust of humanity.

Dragon Cave. Inside their warm cave the Klein dragons coil, waiting for the right moment to unfold their cusps and inversions.

Green Interaction. The image and spheres were placed according to a Kleinian group using Curtis T McMullen's program "Lim".

Rational Sphere. The argument (on the sphere) and magnitude (on the plane) of the rational function (z8+3z5-iz2+2)/((5+2i)z5+3-i). For visibility the Riemann sphere has been turned upside down.

Singularity Wing. The amplitude of the iterated function i(z+1/z). The blue points are poles, the bright orange points zeros. If the function is instead c(z+1/z), where c is an arbitrary complex number, a spider-like structure can emerge which gradually extends as it is iterated.

Riemann sphere with the twice iterated modified Bessel function of the first kind (nu=-2.3). The name says it all.

Goldenworms. Within the lattices of the dense crust of Nema-IX a vital biosphere based on dislocation patterns exist. While it may take millennia for a goldenworm to travel even a centimeter, these fierce predators are the kings of the ion jungle.

Pink reflection. A pleasant background.

Rainy day. A background for rainy days.

Woodscape. The early afternoon sun burns as hot as the midday sun through the dry, still air. The only thing that can be heard is the creaking of wood drying in the heat, and the call of the occasional shavingfrog. Silently the spheres ripen.

Foyer manifestation at the ABB offices north of Stockholm. Some think that these manifestations are unstable boundaries to another world, a world composed of the interlinked subconscious of all office architecture.

The Invincible. Landscape on Regis III, with metal bushes and the fly crystals swarming. Based on Stanislaw Lem's novel The Invincible, which has some amazingly modern ideas despite that it was written in Poland in 1964.

Ecological bomb. If you don't use child labour when making your bombs, and they are eco-friendly fuel-air explosives rather than nuclear, why not get them certified to increase sales?

Flowerspace. Restful spring flowers.

Pink filigree. Some abstract pleasantness.

City Nightmare. Cities dream, but what are their nightmares about? This picture was largely made as an exercise in angst (which doesn't come naturally to me), somewhat inspired by the images of Man Ray and the early surrealists.

Orthoxantho. The Orthoxantho evolved on a terrestrial planet with a thick hothouse atmosphere in a galaxy in the Capricornus supercluster. They are large (2-3 meters) creatures with soft blubbery bodies. They have twelve limbs and a long-necked head with sensory tentacles. They do not have very acute vision, but navigate using sonar and smell. Psychologically they appear sluggish but possessed of remarkable mathematical and engineering abilities. Humans have little to do with the Orthoxantho, although both species study each other from a distance.

The Berthelot Arcology, a major biotech city grown north of Sardinia. The grass-like covering provides photosynthetic energy and climate control, while the many shafts and canyons provide both air and sunlight to the apartments. Deeper inside lies the geothermal generators, internal parks and immune nodes.

Magellanica, the first interstellar colony ship from the Federated South America Space Alliance (Gran Colombia, Federation of Brazil and the Argentinian States). The model was based on pieces from Michael Stetson's Omega Class Destroyer mesh and Manfred Thaller's dropship carrier.

A Tree of Pain in the atmosphere of Beta Comae Berenices V. The trees of pain are found hanging in the atmospheres of gas giants scattered across the galaxy, enormous constructions of metal and fullerfoam apparently stable despite their tempestous surroundings. Their sharp points and conductivity make them very electrically active and prevent any approach - they are nearly always sending and receiving lightening. Their origin and purpose remain enigmatic.

Coolant Behemoth. A Coolant Behemoth of the 16th Scyllae clan in the second lateral connecting commissure of lower Namaqua. The Scyllae have taken up transporting and exploring through the extensive cooling fluid networks over the last centuries, after their ignomious defeat by the Mainliners. Their Behemoth crafts enable a wide variety of species travel in relative comfort across Ex, although humans and other air-breathers are advised to stay out of trips through the high gravity regions near the cores.

Kaivole and Larvole in the jungle of Insula Draconis. These delightful creatures are composed of ultra light shells with hydrogen floatation bladders. Sometimes Kaivoles flick an exoskeletal limb to change direction or push away from a hinder, but mostly they just drift in small flocks. Larvoles on the other hand fly with sinous strokes. Both species are very sensitive to fire, and will easily catch fire if they come too close.

Bakhali Ship. The Bakhali construct their ships out of flexible superconducting threads, sheated in iridiscent nanomusculature. This enables them to use planetary and stellar magetic fields for acceleration and braking, as well as easy damage repair and reconfiguration.

Ishdubar Idol. One of the pagan idols depicting Ishdubar in its strider form, found in the remnants of the Loquare district after the July 130 riots. Hostility to Ishdubar worshippers still run high among some Aquincorians after its involvement in the unification conflict became evident.

Trilo Translator Biocomputer. A specimen of Trilo biotechnology, a heavy translation unit encasing over a cubic meter of artificial neural tissue equipped for inter-species translation. The specimen appears to be identical to the "paleocoral trunk" depicted in Eduard T. Yates' Biological Marvels of the Indian Ocean (London 1867). According to Yates the trunk was worshipped by the Maldivians as a minor deity before the arrival of Islam, suggesting an early Trilo incursion in the region.

Badlands. It started out as a test of some textures, skies and objects I had downloaded from Renderosity, and then took on a life on its own.

Geospace. A little game with reflections, light and the vertices of a geodesic dome.

Robot Lake. Fishing is particularly good in the reefs surrounding the downed macrobots.

Temple of the Mayor Globe. One of the more seldom visited attractions in Xeibon is the Temple of the Mayor Globe on top of the lakeside arcology. Here one of the nodes of the mayor is suspended in the air inside the dome, visible to visitors.

Autumn Wreath. Sometimes he took autumn and looped it into a wreath he then carried around his head like a heavy laurel. People usually commented about how the mist and trees complemented his clothing.

Autumn Glory. According to one theory, trees show their autumn colors in order to demonstrate how strong they are for aphids and other parasites looking for suitable egg-laying grounds. A colorful tree demonstrates that it can produce much chemical protection, so they better lay their eggs somewhere else.

White Spring. In the spring the spatiotemporal discontinuities often show up in the apple orchards. As long as they do not approach the trees too closely the farmers do not object, but they immediately reach for their tensor bundles if they drift towards the flowers - superstring apples cause indigestion.

Goldspace. The introduction of a sphere into a polyhedral space introduces chaos.

Green Room. There is always room for one more.

Scherk Surface. What sounds would the wind make if it flowed through a membrane shaped like a minimal surface?

Costa Rica. Costa's minimal surface in a park setting. The sculptures are 3D representations of Conway's game of life.

The Dimension of Violence. The Dimension of Violence was a virtual environment theme especially popular among young radicals of the middle information era. In its rich iconology resided beings such as the creation parodies, the turnip humans and the feared dictator RatHitler.

Her Sacredness Chairwoman Adriana Yue Oncehuman receiving a Kandefinizione diplomator in her representational apartment on Pardes. Her body and outfit are one-of-a-kind creations from Tiosro based on traditionally cloned human, cotton and Purpura lapillus. The plasmic furniture was designed by Elmiaz Kom-nett and the Kermes. The diplomator is wearing the traditional goldleaf dragonburst of its clan when in individual form.

Yuancheng, one of the famous chimney cities on Twilight sunside. To cool the city it contains hundreds of vertical airshafts, where the air is heated by the city and rushes upwards. This not only powers many cooling systems, but it also enables the popular airdiving sports that has made the "chimeys" popular vacation spots for people with an active lifestyle.

Posthuman Meeting "There is something frightening about being seen by a posthuman. Their black eyes drink in all wavelengths, and literally see right through you. They understand you to a level a fellow human can never do, seeing all your potential, your flaws and your weaknesses. AIs and droids can of course do the same, but a posthuman has once been like you, and hence know and react to your dirty little secrets with a more human perspective. I am scared of the human, not the post." -- Eznarza the Traveler, mentioning an encounter in Barbul-el-Sharnak

Negentropist Priest-Administrator from Gegton X. The relationship between the priest-administrators and the legal hierarchy in the inner system is a fragile balance between the strict interpretation of the Axioms afforded by the priests and the necessities of interstellar government.

The Culture of Night. "There's a room inside of me A thousand light-years wide" - Vacuum, The Culture of Night.

Balance. We are the shapers of the universe, so we better shape up.

Modern Art. The exhibition was a great success, although there are always those viewers that think that this newfangled stuff is incomprehensible.

Curse you, Eric Drexler!. A picture inspired by Eliezer Yudkowski's filk with the same name. Although I am somewhat cautious in my thinking of what nanotechnology might be able to achieve, I certainly think it is going to give trouble to the grim reaper.

Tech surface. Even in the age of nanotechnology construction is going to take time and supervision. And repair involves both deconstruction and reconstruction of damaged parts - if you can't simply replace something then the repair is going to take some effort. Closeup of the two engineers, both Poser characters downloaded from Renderosity.

Kepleria. The greatest and most outrageous of the megaengineering feats of the MPA. Begun in 6996 and finished in 9998, it has nearly doubled the living area of the known galaxy. Critics question whether it was worth it, but among the MPA public it is regarded as the pride of the Alliance.

Dyson Tree. Freeman Dyson suggested that using genetic modifications trees could be adapted for space. A Dyson tree would grow from a comet core or carbonaceous asteroid, with hollow trunks containing breathable atmosphere for habitation. Without gravity and in constant sunlight the main limiting factor of their size would be the amount of mass they could absorb.

Four ended minimal surface. Derived by D. Hoffman and M. Callahan (MSRI).

Minimal surface city. When matter becomes software, functionalism becomes surrealism.

Temple of Chen-Gackstatter-Thayer. Mediterranean scene with a genus 3 Chen-Gackstatter-Thayer surface (mesh from MSRI).

Mizrah Outpost. Technorapture Hypernation outpost in the Perseus Gap. The ISO is built around a submillimeter communications wormhole at the core, surrounded by computing and sensing matrices.

Synaptic Cleft. The neurotransmittors diffuse across the synaptic cleft, binding to postsynaptic receptors that open ion channels or activates second-messenger systems inside the cell. This microscopic jump and subsequent reaction is a key operation of thought, memory and emotion.

Phoenix Rising "My wings are made of tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel. I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield..." -- Phoenix, Julia Ecklar

Hyperbolic Space. A simple picture of a sphere on a 7-triangle Poincare tiling. The tiling is due to Bernie Freidin.

Twisted Scherk Tower. A twisted Scherk tower in a hyperbolic tiling of heptagons and hexagons. The tiling is due to Bernie Freidin.

Air of Earth. Skyscape of Strevarld, among the pillars of Mospor. The pillars were constructed by the Mosporti partly as monuments to the cosmological constant (symbolised by the constant negative curvature of the Dini surfaces), partly as habitation megastructures. One of the local bubble-trees is drifting in the foreground; the blue color of the pillars was partially selected to discourage them from adhering and nesting.

Mathematics Garden. A small plantation of mathematical surfaces. A Richmond surface (n=3) grows in the upper left corner. Below it stands three Dini surfaces, with a Steiner roman surface between them. In the upper right corner there is a Boy's surface, with three helicoids to the left. Below them a sphere, a catenoid and a minimal surface with a threefoil knot edge. In the middle a Catalan surface stands.

Boy's Surface, an immersion of the projective plane RP2 in R3. Invented by Werner Boy in 1901.

Horn Gate. The traditional entrance to the Sea of Cybele.

Schoen's I-6 surface on mirror. Steve Lareau's snow also works as cardboard. Another take on the same surface, this time at sea.

Minimal Surfaces. A mathematical workbench with Schwarz' CLP surface (middle), Fischer-Koch S surface (upper right) and a minimal oriented nonsingular surface with the threefoil knot as edge (upper right). To the lower right a Klein bottle, and to the middle left a knot from Rob Scharein's knotplot website. The minimal surfaces were made by Surface Evolver and then converted by hand into a Bryce-importable format.

Nano-ecology on Bothyga M'Vau. The planet was seeded by the Makrimche Polyst clade of AIs in the 6840's as an experiment in open-ended eco-art. The nanosphere is based on 548 basic "celltypes", which can be recruited into various forms. Most structures grow simply by persuading the components of other structures to join them according to the complex microsocial rules laid down in the initial cells, making biology and memetics identical. Most structures are very light, and can easily drift away in the methane-laden atmosphere. None of the structures exhibits traditional intelligence, although fierce competition favors structures able to deduce complex consequences of the microsocial rules.

Hanging buildings in the Magellan range, Nova (Tau Ceti II). The massive nanofeedstock pipelines into the Upback Massif have been active for almost 7000 years, accumulating a sizeable symbolic meaning to Nova inhabitants. In 5300 the government began to use hanging prisons suspended from the pipelines in the many canyons for certain antisocial crimes (with or without constant online public monitoring). After a few years, the idea of living in such hanging buildings began to catch on; by 5324 the voluntary inhabitants outnumbered the prisoners by 10:1, and eventually the prisons were sold as apartments at an immense profit. Since then the popularity of hanging pipeline homes have waxed and vaned, but there are always people wishing to live a digital hermit life with as little physical contact with the rest of society as possible, not to mention the status of owning one of the rare hanging homes.

Vore Abergist Structures near Bill and Bull (Delta Eridani IV-V). (Different view). The Abergist culture and especially its disbandment remains one of the enigmas of the Inner Sphere. The megastructures surrounding Bill and Bull appear to be largely for energy production, but many of the baroque structures in more remote orbits appear to be neither habitats, computing nodes, storage units or industrial systems. Few have been penetrated, as various microdefenses and cognitive traps hide in the baroque architecture.

Solarist Empire Ship Light of Truth. One of the smaller empire ships of the Solar Dominion, merely 8 kilometers long and with 400,000 permanent inhabitants. It is mainly a diplomatic vessel, facilitating cultural exchange and trade in the Perseus Rift and Cygexba border. The biosphere has two different climate zones regulated using advanced chaos control and a subtle utility fog. Beneath the sea the ship holds 345 bays containing extra housing, smaller crafts, museums, diplomatic mergers and nanofactories.

Kenehan-LeRiche Complex 8437003 in Jupiter orbit, late federation era. The Kenehan-LeRiche complexes were at first communications and data storage units with some nanoimmune duties, but became prime real estate for federation AIs during the 3500's. More than ten million such complexes were built and placed in orbit around Jupiter, making it a dense computing nexus. The traditional modular design had cooling grids that tended to be encrusted by sulphur dust from the Io stream, giving them the nickname goldenwings.

Caretaker colonisation "seed" with drive sail near the Triangulum Expanse. The seed, housed in a protective housing, is approximately 4 meters long, the sail 20 meters in diameter. The Penrose rhomboid patterning is a common identifier among Caretakers, with different Caretakers using subtly different patterns. This form of identification has spread to the Zoeific Biopolity and other bioist clades.

The Golden Stirner, keterist "representation of force" created at Aleph Absolute in 9669 to patrol the Keter border. The ship is merely five kilometres long, but contains a core of stabilised neutronium able to house a major AI. It carries to 1014 millimeter-sized fighters and can use the entire hull surfaces as a phased array gamma ray laser. It is currently exploring the Serpens Region for evidence of the Ships of the Law. Due to its allegiance to keterist hyperevolutionism it has been claimed that it is allied with the Immanentization Crusaders, but so far no evidence has been found. Its sister ships the Silver and Palladium Stirner are currently trade-force envoys to the NoCoZo.

Hatching biowar eggs in the asteroid belts of the Triumphant Fate system, 7985. The standard Biovirate template involved a plant-like growth on carbonaceous asteroids, feeding a spherical "egg" that eventually detaches and frees itself from the cocooning growth. Eggs hatch after 10-20 months, birthing a biowar. The shell contains secondary seeds, which will drift to other asteroids to plant the growth.

The SZ Crater VII ISO "Goldilocks". The ISO is 150 kilometres across and consists of tangles of fullerite threads with superconductor cores and irregular diamondoid computational cores. The threads enable it to interact with the magnetic field of SZ Crater VII, including setting up intense resonance modes and changing orbit. There are three other ISOs in the system, called the Three Beers (relating to an old bioid tale) orbiting the second planet. The ISO main intellect is a Solarist theoestheticist multimind that constructed the object in 5400. At present it is a monastic retreat for ais, uploads and alifes of the Fredermann sect of Solarism.

Habitat building in Morkraimu-style on Eden. Although the architect herself did not create more than seven buildings on the planet and two habitats in orbit, she inspired generations of Edenite architects when designing arcologies for the equatorial jungles. This one, Kutebati, was constructed in 5950 by Clearminda of Lattir and restored in 6848, 7344 and 9599.

Hider habitats during one of the rare instances of contact with inner sphere powers. In 9694 a delegation from the Greylag Arts Court met with representatives of the Aswadu clan of backgrounders at Ross 128 for negotiations in handling art smuggling. This unique meeting allowed the delegation a rare glimpse of hider habitats, although it is not unlikely they were decoys.

Wormhole. View through a traversable artificial wormhole. The white lines are struts of exotic matter threading the wormhole throat, keeping it from pinching off.

Crash. Something breaking up during re-entry.

Asherah, Artemis Lunar's first base in high moon orbit. Although intended mainly as a transit-point and microgravity industrial park, the permanent settlers eventually outcrowded the industrial section and turned Asherah into a residential habitat. The design became the blueprint for a large number of low-gravity orbital cities across the solar system. Asherah itself remained in function up until the nanoswarm disaster.

Battle of Erson, 42 Tauri IV. One of the most bitter battles of the Second Consolidation War. As Metasoft dropped four million Orbit-Ground Occupation Units onto the continent Erson, the Geminga Orthodoxy used their remaining stockpiles of antimatter to open magma chambers in the Lense range. The resulting massive eruption flooded easter Erson with lava, halting the OGOU advance, killing 120,000 civilians who could not be evacuated and permanently unbalancing the planetary climate. In the end it merely brought the Orthodox a few days of time.

Imhotep. Imhotep, despite a common background, rose to become vizier during the reign of pharaoh Djoser through his enormous talent and dedication. He designed and led the building of the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, initiating the use of stone on a large scale in Egyptian architecture. He combined the roles of administrator, poet, architect and priest-physician, eventually becoming deified as the patron of medicine, writing and knowledge. People who deride interdisciplinary interests should consider this.

Seshat, Great Lady of the House of Books. Also known as Sefkhet-abwy, the Silicon Goddess, the Glass Cat and Our Lady of Mathematics. Among the Inner Sphere superintelligences there exist an archetypal attractor or perhaps office as Seshat, providing a shared interface to trans-singularity mathematical and notational understanding.

Chuan Tsu's Scorpion. An illustration I did for my short story with the same name.

Servant Robot. Neo-Victorian lightweight servant robot. Although spare parts are hard to come by (especially the cloned mahoganny wood for casings), connaisseurs claim the Valet Prime is unsurpassed in its ability to discreetly blend in, perform menial chores and carry messages.

Word Brain. Writing is the oldest, most powerful form of intelligence amplification.

Wooden Antiprism. Abstract game with wood-colored reflections and lights inside a structure made of metaballs located at the vertices of an antiprism.

Vegetable Thing. Sometimes the tide washes up strange seeds and fruits on the shore. You never know what will sprout if you plant them...

Thingie. A find for the alien beachcomber.

Sphere fantasy. Lattices of spheres produce wonderful interference patterns, hinting at the underlying symmetries of space. In this picture the shading of the spheres produces a bright, a dark and a neutral set of concentric circles.

Soddy. A series of explorations of spheres tangent to each other in various ways. Named after Sir Fredrick Soddy, who famously stated the formula relating the radii of mutually tangent circles (which had been discovered by Rene Descartes long before) as a poem, as well as the properties of tangent spheres.

Snakes and Ladders. They like to fly in the sunset.

Singularity. The worlds are accelerating up the exponential incline towards the singularity. Where will they end? The only way of knowing is to follow them into the skies.

Junsanpa ships ascending. The Junsanpa have always favored form over function, regarding streamlining as selling out to the dreary entropy of matter. Instead they favor deliberately baroque and brighly colored ships, powered by powerful fusion drives and dynamic chaos control to overcome the crass demands of air and space.

Rock. Holiday picture from Bay of Sculptures, Zarathustra (Gamma Pavonis II).

Reality's Twin. A relative to the wooden antiprism picture, intended as cover for E. Shaun Russel's CD "Reality's Twin".

Posthuman Buddha. How do you tell whether a posthuman is friendly? From the filename.

English park with ginko and alien. It is a little known fact that most alien incursions occur in English landscape parks rather than French baroque or Italian renaissance parks.

Paulan. Aquatic inhabitant of Paula. The Paulans are Nautilus-like floating/swimming beings, approximately one meter long and protected by a light but strong shell. The move using two specialised paddle feet, gathering nutrients and making tools using their four main arms. Among terragens their pottery is widely regarded as outstanding, making many unscrupulous traders try to break the Metasoft-imposed cultural protection embargo.

Miracle City tower. Miracle City is one of the most famous marvels of the Serpens region, a planet encrusted with fractal buildings extending far into orbit. They are maintained using self-regulating nanotechnology and femtotech, keeping the billions of inhabitants free to pursue their manifold goals. (Sometimes the building texture changes ).

Hell - High Energy Laser Launch site at the Baykonur Republic. Owned and operated by Phoenix Space Development, the Baykonur HELL is the most controversial and currently (2045) cheapest way into orbit. It is powered by 5 10 gigawatt nuclear reactors, able to launch one "porcelain bell" vehicle each hour.

Heaven Habitat (view close to reactor end). Heaven is Phoenix Space Development Corporation's orbital station, largely manufactured using asteroid material. The 36 modules are connected using polycarbon cables and rotate together in order to simulate 0.5 G gravity. It has been called the most expensive office space in the solar system, although the price is only marginally larger than the top prices of Hong Kong in 2037.

Genome. Bacterial genome escapting into the third dimension. Many species will survive longer on the Net and in databases than they ever did in nature.

Dragon towers in the winter.

Dandelions. One day human clades will scatter like dandelion seeds from Earth, floating on the solar wind to other fertile places where they can grow into billions of new humanities.

Purple stairs. It is said that if you can climb the purple stairs despite their ferocious twisting and uncertain topology, you will find a place where destiny can be reprogrammed and infinity stored in small green bottles. Most people discount such tales, suggesting that the stairs never end.

Red Stairs doesn't lead anywhere, but constant use still makes the paint flake.

Picotech manipulation chamber. A typical picotech workshop, approximately one millimeter large. Such workshops, manipulating macroscopic amounts of exotic matter, strange matter or antimatter carry huge insurance premiums unless located at very remote orbits.

Enrastered Link Connection Inner, the famous Metasoft poet, diplomat and memeticist. This picture was taken shortly before the 6739 meeting at Sacred Heart, in a NeoCog-style frondling room at Olmarest Ashram.

Armageddon. Moody landscape inspired by a painting by Hieronymus Bosch and a dream I had about meteor impacts.

The Meeting. After achieving individuality the xeroclast meets the significant times. At the meeting the meaning of the universe is decided. Hencefar local structures are amplified and the location established, unless equal knowledge intercedes.

Desktop Sea. A small whimsy. What do you use interfaces for? The source code beneath the desktop is of course DeCSS.

Flowering near the Aden castle. During the early phase of their lifecycle, the dragon castles bud "flowers" to transmit and receive plasmid messages. The castle proper can be seen to the left, as well as two fragments of seedhives to the right, earlier destroyed by NERD sterilisation grenades.

Eurydice: Phoenix Space Development's first manned asteroid mining craft shortly before departure to 3361 Orpheus. The ship employed a nuclear thermal engine, heating liquid hydrogen in a graphite-uranium reactor. An older version of the picture had fewer bumpmaps and a different architecture of the fuel tanks.

Macrostats above Mt. Hara (April, Beta Hydri II).

Merry Newtonmas. A wintery Newtonmas celebration in the far north. Surrounding the tree are the platonic, archimedian and Kepler-Poinsot polytopes.

Stairs of Freedom. The DeCSS source has been used as raw material for this picture (it forms the stairs), as can be seen in the gzipped pov source for the picture. Incidentally, it would be possible to extract the DeCSS source from the povray code, but then again, it could be extracted from (say) any sufficiently large textbook in computer science just by removing the right text. An example, as well as an animated version of the picture are available.

Images from Orion's Arm:

The Sagittarius Sphere long distance colonisation ship Mur in the middle of the War and Peace Nebula (NGC 6357), sometime in the 7500's. The Mur is generally believed to be the origin of the clade that would eventually become the core of the Laughter Hegemony.

Padang Harbour arcology, 2516. The nanoswarms became especially fierce in the tropics thanks to the larger amount of available biomass and solar energy, although during the Gray Spring the amount of ash and grey dust in the atmosphere slowed them. Being located in the South Chinese Sea, Pedang avoided most of the silicovores, but the struggle between the Madura replicator and the Sharp Orchid 3.2 bluebot consumed all transition metals and organic matter in the vicinity.

Ion drive ship of the Kandefinizione AI clan in the vicinity of S106 IRS4 in the Cygnus region. Like most Kandefinizione ships it is elaborately sculpted, in this case in bioid gothic. This type of ships are used for deeptime exploration, especially in dense interstellar media. Length: one meter. Mass: 870 kg. Crew: one intellect. Passengers: up to 170,000 fully active singularity 2 sentients in nanostorage. Note: in order to image both the ship and nebula the image was overexposed, and the ion engine output appears very bright. In reality the engines do not produce more than a few watts of visible output. (The gorgeous nebula picture is from the Subaru Telescope)

Silent One City. A typical city of the Silent Ones, housing a few thousand individuals within a 14 kilometer high megastructure.

The Seat of Judgement. The main tower of Seat of Judgement, capital of the Negentropy Alliance.

Terraforming macrostructures at Kirch, a former venusian world in the outer Solar Dominion is in the final stages of terraforming by the Disciples of St. Fogg. A solar shade is located outside the picture several million kilometres to the left, keeping the planet in the shadow-cone. Above the planet the main soletta orbits, reflecting sunlight onto the planet. It is surrounded by control solar sails and maintenance stations. Around the moon Frial the local garden can be seen, currently in the process of growing the seed biosphere of the planet. Frial was used as a source of reducing material to reduce the atmosphere of Kirch; the structure currently acting as garden produced energy to drive several thousand mass drivers launching iron, calcium and magnesium dust at the planet.

Comet impact 21600123-5 striking Hellas Planita, the designated main target area on the southern hemisphere of Mars. The constant stream of ice packages from the outer system striking Mars at regular intervals did not cause much problems for near-planet traffic control and did in fact keep the Mars alliances well supplied with volatiles for their orbital habitats. Only a handful of accidents did occur, the most serious when 22070712-1 hit a settlement in the Terra Tyrrhena after an unexpected very strong outgassing a few minutes before impact.

Cold beach. Psi Serpentis V in the middle stages of being terraformed by Lander Geotech (approximately 4049). The formerly hot greenhouse world has been cooled using solar shades and the atmosphere thinned by Sagan algae. A relative simple terraforming target, although the high level of nitrogen in the geosphere and the occasional flares of the star made it somewhat hard to balance ecologically.

Peregrinate adornments confiscated at the 8210 Temple Klartau incident. The adornments are diamondoid held in metal frames, housing what appears to be a sophisticated picotech system of unknown intelligence and capabilities. Investigations proved inconclusive as the adornments did not cooperate with the authorities.

The ruins of Admntop on Grudat a few years after being reached by the first supernova blasts from the Gehenna cluster in 9493. Although the initial blasts did not directly wipe out surface life on Grudat, they destroyed the ozone layer and nearly doubled the total energy input. The inhabitants retreated to underground habitats as the surface was seared, eventually abandoning it altogether.

The Wassily Kandinsky and the Piet Mondrian during boarding in Cytherea orbit, First Federation period. Why paint starships boring grey?

Branches of Victory, bias drive patrol ship belonging to the Rikendra 43 clade of the Orion Federation. The ship is equipped with advanced nano stealth systems (deactivated in the picture) and mainly intended to patrol the outer regions of the Rikenda 43 controlled systems on the lookout for ferals. Length 400 meters, total mass 54 million kilograms. Crew: one drive AI, two tactics caste, one engineering caste. Another background, from the Cygnus region.

Fractal GUT-ship of unidentified origin observed near the Keyhole Nebula in 9942 by Linelayer 3 of the Fellowship of Carina. The form is noticeable similar to the Efficiency Maximization Paradigm biosphere upgrader ships, involving reconfigurable smart matter bulk that can detach into fighters or infiltration devices. Estimated length 1455 meters.

Soft Cathedral carrier ship Allosaurus, escaping from the Taung Offensive in 6522. The Allosaurus was transporting a complement of Offensive Terraforming Beings to Taung when the system came under picotech attack from the Sagittarius Sphere. The ship managed to escape using the OTBs as makeshift sacrifical defense drones, and eventually reached Utte Vais in the Negentropy Alliance after a 340 lightyear journey.

Tullock Hauma, pitch drive passenger ship (Murmolyss Translation of Gordica, Metasoft). Length 350 meters, mass 94 million tons. The spacetime distortion is clearly visible. Since the tidal forces in most of the ship are in excess of 500 G, it is only used for solid state passengers. The advertisement patterns offer random prognistic extelopedias.

Flash. The destruction of the Danab-Gantor Stargate Plex seen from the surface of Pico Danab II during the Version War.

Historical site maintenance droid Kazuo Sakamura 45 in the garden of the Inacio Uplift Sanctuary, Duino, Earth. The gathering of Earth rainwater is a traditional duty for the highest ranking site maintenance droids before the pilgrimage season.

Biorec of Invart Caue Ti during a recitation in the woods above Legas Arch on Klarus. His reinterpretations of Klarus history in the light of the Harvest fragments and the myths of his relativist upbringing in the Eta Carina Rush have been a source of major controversy and amusement during the last five Recitation/Recreation Weeks. (The filiaments and membranes act as both auditory, olfactory and electrical sensing organs, as well as pheromone communicators. The background is a frame from the film Panspermia by Karl Sims; when I get the computer power I will evolve my own forest.)

Unidentified genemod or replicant beauty. (The background is part of an image from Artificial Evolution for Computer Graphics, Karl Sims, Computer Graphics, 25(4), July 1991, pp. 319-328).

Interstellar catapult at Duktig of the Chronos Cluster, delivering a train of diamondoid unfolders to Ikaros for the terraforming of Ikaros III. The cargo is accelerated using local spacetime manipulation, producing an intense gravitational gradient that accelerates it with minimal force. The packages will be received after 164 years at Duktig, with a maximal deviation of 10 meters.

Truth Lake. A small experiment with Bryce and a tiny bit of postprocessing.

Self-contained. Small self-contained worlds.

Babel Completed. Despite huge cost overruns and environmental protests, the tower of Babel is now completed. And even the harshest critics have grudgingly accepted that the benefits outweighs the costs.

Angel. A slightly manichean picture, dedicated to all space and future enthusiasts. Is gravity or will stronger? And how strong are the chains?

Pointer. Upward. Outward. Forward.

Solarians. Portrait of some solarians from my game setting.

Energy landscape. Energy landscape of a neural network, with states crawling around looking for energy minima.

Daisyspace. The mathematical space of cow permutations. Rendered in Bryce as a submission to the Bryce Cow Gallery of Steven Lareau. I think there are too few reflections to create a good infinity feeling.

Generator of Diversity. What is the true source of diversity? Is it just chaos, chaos with selection or is true randomness needed?

Geological Stability. A Magritte-like play in Bryce.

The Ethics of Creation, series of pictures in PovRay and Bryce featured during TransVision 99.

Grey Goo. Wild nanomachines running amok - a disaster I am sceptical of, but that might make some fun pictures. These nanites are furiously building and rebuilding whatever they were made for, but evolution and competition have made them forgot the original design, except for some basics. (source)

CMYK Rosette. The CMYK rosette, depicted using blobs. A nice pattern, hidden inside most printed matter.

The Transhuman Condition. An art exhibition featured on Transhumanist Art Centre

Night of the Broken Dolls. Based on a holiday in David Zindell's The Broken God where the spirits of erased artificial life patterns and AI programs are honored. The table depicts a game of life pattern building ever more glider guns. The sphere on the table is of course Hanuman li Tosh's first Universal Computer.

Collection. A new hobby: collecting fractals?

Unbounding the Future. Nanomachines attacking the chains that hold us back. I used a "reverse" DLA model to create the damage to the link, with randomly diffusing nanites eating away spheres of metal. This picture took almost a year to implement from the initial idea I got in September 1996 until I was happy with the result; the hardest part was making the stream of nanites bend in a nice way, not the DLA model.

Megascale Engineering. A megascale structure in orbit around the Earth. The truss-structure is a catenoid.

Voxel Manifestation. An experiment in volume rendering. The voxels are colored depending on their position in the cube, and their opacity is determined by a twisted planar gaussian function.

Escaton II. A 3D-version of the old escaton picture using real texture mapping and satelite data.

Ede the God. Based on an idea I had in a dream and the jupiter brain gods in David Zindell's books. Ede consists of myriads of planet-sized nanocomputer conglomerate, orbiting a bright sun and in permanent communication with each other.

Alien Tunnel. An illustration for a science fiction scenario I'm working with. The tunnels were made using cylindrical blobs, and the texture is a normal map. The result is nicely alien.

Alpha et Omega. A kind of hermetic chaosphere (a babelsphere?). I especially like the lens flare effect, created with Chris Colefax's lensflare include file.

Pentagons. This picture was created as a part of my experimentation with tiling regular pentagons (what is the densest possible tiling?). It is not a dense tiling, but it has a nice recursive symmetry.

Metastep. This evolved from reading Douglas Hofstadter's essays about typography, creativity and Gödel's theorem. How large is the space of possible 'A's? And how to break out of it? The letters were grabbed from the Monotype Sample Page.

Clone Labyrinth. A celebration of the cloning of Dolly, and a suggestion that the ethical dilemmas people talk about actually are just a mirror labyrinth - the way out is closer than you think.

Breakthrough. For this picture I used a computer object somebody created (I don't know who, unfortunately. Thanks!) and various other images and objects I had lying around. Making the wallpaper was the hardest part. The documents are about quantum gravity and intersections of multidimensional polyhedra.

Dawn. I wanted to play with the new halo objects in v3.0, but ended up with a dawn scene.

Emergence. I tried to symbolize how life can grow out of information; the floor is a game of life pattern (with a glider gun in the foreground) while the plant is an L-system.

Transcend! I just knew I had to create this one. At first I tried real DNA data, but the helices didn't look clear enough, so I settled for a simpler model.

The Hermetic Truth of Hadrons. Very simple and clean picture, contains several obscure in-jokes about the quark structure of hadrons, geometry, gnosticism and Escher. Or not.

Nanocluster over Stockholm. I have always wondered how densely you can pack dodecahedra; this pattern was the result of one (failed) scheme. The ground below is from an actual satelite photo, the water reflected in the facet in the foreground to the right is Brunnsviken, and in the right facet below it you can see Norrtull and the northern parts of Vasastan.

Early Stage and Late Stage of the construction of a Dyson Sphere. Not entirely realistic, but gives an impression of the structure of the sphere. What I really would like to do is to create a picture that trule shows the scale of the project, but that is very hard (Earth would be an invisible pinprick in these pictures).

The Elements. The five elements, the five platonic solids and how they fit together in the standard pentagram.

Ego0, Ego16, Ego64. A series of small pictures that could (and should) form an animation. Started out as an essay about identity and exoselves.

Reversible Mind. A stellated dodecahedron framework surrounding a sphere.

Helix. I tried to depict the upward spiral of evolution using a small c program to generate a helix of spheres. Note the spiral reflections on the upper winding.

Escaton. Very simple but successful picture.

Pattern Web. A play with recursive declarations in PoVRay. It started as an attempt to create a spider...

City. I had the vision of a posthuman city built around the edge of a black hole. Not quite what I intended, but nicely alien.

My Web. I tried making an imagemap-based main page, but it was useless. But making the picture was fun.

Island. For my weird page. Not that good, but sufficiently playful.

Mage: the Ascension. For my Mage page.

Magick. For my magick page. Crude, but I like the interplay between the two-dimensional symbols of order and the three dimensional symbol of chaos.

Ascension. One of my earliest. Not very refined, but dramatic.