Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Gas Giant Texture Tutorial

So here’s my much delayed tutorial for making better gas giant textures. I really did intend to get this posted by Friday, but it proved shockingly slow, with a lot of false starts and dead ends. Particularly shocking since I … Continue reading

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Life in the Bubble, part 2

Here I am going to lay out some basic assumptions about the physical universe of our world. FTL is possible. Not only is it possible, but it works, is fairly cheap and not a lot of trouble. It is based … Continue reading

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The Planet Ksufesh(First WIP)

Ksufesh is the second of three* planets orbiting Gzietsia3741C*, the least massive of three* stars in the Gzietsia3741 system. Of the other two* stars in the system, Gzietsia3741A* is the most massive and is currently in a red giant stage. … Continue reading

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A Few New Things About Wilbur

This post is just a quick aside about a few things I noticed about Wilbur while working on my last post. • Typically, when I want to show hillshade on land, but not on the water, I go through a … Continue reading

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Playing With Blender Cycles

This is just a little something to fill in over our trip. A successful render with Blender Cycles. Musgrave Hetero Terrain noise(cycles nodes), bumpmapped diffuse shader above sealevel and a fairly simple glossy shader below sealevel. All with a hypsometric … Continue reading

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WIP – UNSEO Rax

First Contact between humans and the Rax occurred at a planet orbiting one of the stars of 40 Eridani. This planet would later become a mixed Rax/human colony world. The Rax were the first sapient alien species contacted who were … Continue reading

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New Additions

In the menu, under World Builder’s Bookshelf, you’ll find two new additions to the site. With permission from Geoff Eddy, I’m mirroring his Creating an Earthlike Planet and Climate Cookbook pages. Some formatting is lost, but the valuable information is … Continue reading

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Ports of Call

A kind of odd little capsule review of Ports of Call by the recently departed Jack Vance. Continue reading

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UNSEA

This is a post introducing the new world where I am setting my science fiction work at present. I’ve named it for a major organization in-world, the United Nations Space Exploration Authority. I like the idea of a point of … Continue reading

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A Private Little Federation

This is another one of my little Star Trek articles. In some ways this is a development of my Star Trek-ly ideas that I’ve wanted to use in my own ‘verse. In other ways it’s almost an exorcism of sorts. … Continue reading

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