A Tour Through The Fractal Universe Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of my series exploring the universe of fractal landscapes created with the aid of the fabulous Mandelbulber fractal program.

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Lost Valley

Lost Valley: A mysterious fog enshrouded valley. At night the landscape is lit by an eerie glow and hushed whispers are carried on the wind.

Desert Magic

Desert Magic: The wonder of an alien desert. Apart from its natural beauty there’s the decidedly Earth-like moon above the horizon and if you look closely, the gravity-defying stone hovering above a large boulder…

Sylvan Heights

Sylvan Heights: Imagine a world where forests of giant exotic plant life grow miles high. What would it be like to explore such a place?
Just make sure you don’t fall…

Organic Landscape

Organic Land-Shapes: Animal, mineral or vegetable? Your guess is as good as mine…

Dawn's Light


Dawn’s Light: A majestic view of a terrestrial planet rising over a bizarre twisted landscape. The beginning of a new day on an alien moon…

Thank you for joining me on my second trip to the fractal universe.  There are countless worlds to visit so I’ll be posting another tour very soon.

As Always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged and most welcome!!

Best Regards,

Eric

A Tour Through The Fractal Universe Part 1

It’s been a while since I posted to Eric’s Universe but that doesn’t mean I’ve been idle.  I’ve been travelling; exploring the endless worlds of fractal landscapes with the aid of the fabulous Mandelbulber fractal program.

So put on your travelling shoes while I take you on a tour of some of the places I’ve been…

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Sentinels

Sentinels: I came across these massive towers at the end of a frozen mountain pass. At first glance they appeared to be made of stone but closer examination revealed organic shapes that pulsated with life. When the cold wind howled, they moaned like hollow air raid sirens. A doleful call to a desolate land, answered only by echoes…

Desert Rocks

Desert Rocks: An arid wasteland where wind and sand have sculpted twisted rock formations. One formation in particular points like a stone compass needle toward an unknown destination.

Pyramid Hills

Pyramid Hills: A rolling landscape dotted with thousands of natural pyramid shaped hills. The natives of this place speak in whispers of a mighty battle between the gods that shook the very foundations of the land. Not a single combatant survived. After the battle the earth healed and beneath each of these hills lie the remains of a fallen warrior.

Borderland

Borderland: What lies beyond the border where light meets darkness? Here we gaze into a cavern where glowing mist obscures huge symbols carved by unknown hands. The explorers who dared to enter this cavern have never returned. No others will take the chance. The mysteries of this borderland remain unsolved…

Highland Moon

Highland Moon: On our last stop we witness a glorious moonrise from a mountainside populated by glowing fungal growth. Special breathing masks are required to prevent infection from airborne spores.

I hope you enjoyed visiting these worlds from the fractal universe.  There are countless worlds to visit so I’ll be posting another tour very soon.

As Always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged and most welcome!!

Best Regards,

Eric

A Future We May Not Have…

A Future We May Not Have

The Harder They Fall by Eric A. gehlin
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I’m continuing with the apocalypse theme this week.

An image rendered with the freeware 3D fractal software Mandelbulber accompanied by one of my favorite quotes by science fiction novelist Arthur C. Clarke.

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As always your comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged.

Regards,

Eric

The Coming Post-Apocalypse (or How Would You Destroy The Earth?)

The Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace by Eric A. Gehlin
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Ok, I’m going to come out and say it for the world to know.

1. I’m writing a series of post-apocalyptic novels.

2. I’ve written an alternate history, decided on the events and nature of my apocalypse and all the players are in their places. I’m writing the first two novels together because the events in these opening installments are so intertwined that they will set the stage for rest of the series.

3. I’ve decided that my apocalypse will be a catastrophic act of nature with some man-made mini-disasters thrown into the mix to make it really interesting. I’m not saying exactly what it is for now but I’ll formally announce the series in the next few weeks when I have some concept art to share with you.

Some have argued that the genre of the post-apocalypse has been done to death. That its potential to surprise and thrill has been exhausted. Well, I wouldn’t be tackling it if I wasn’t convinced that I had a strong concept that will intrigue and entertain my readers.

So I’d like to know what you would do if you decided to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Which type of apocalypse would you choose?

Natural Catastrophe: An asteroid collides with the Earth(or maybe the moon). A monster solar flare fries the atmosphere. Tidal waves, volcanoes, global warming (or cooling)…

Man-Made Disaster: Atomic war. Disease. Disease that creates undead zombies (ugh!!). Maybe an atomic war that creates a race of mutant zombies (double ugh!!!). A technological disaster. Industrial pollution that causes global warming (or cooling). How about an invasion from outer space? Ok, that last one wasn’t man-made but I didn’t know where to put it.

A Combination of Both: Asteroid collides with Earth causing a mass extinction with tidal waves and earthquakes. The survivors clash, causing an atomic war that creates a race of mutated zombies(ugh!) which are then invaded by aliens from outer space.

I’m having a bit of fun here and I want you to join in.

If you had the chance, what would be your favorite disaster for a post-apocalyptic world.

Don’t be shy. Leave a comment and share your ideas!!!

Regards,

Eric

GRAIN OF SAND

Grain of Sand

Grain of Sand by Eric A. Gehlin
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Grain of Sand is a labor of love for me.

In 1978, I decided I wanted to sell my art and stories as high quality prints. I produced a series of posters, had them printed and took them to a few comic book conventions.  Of course, I had delusions of grandeur (who doesn’t when they’re in their twenties) and thought everyone would flock to me and purchase my “masterpieces of creative genius”. I didn’t have the slightest idea of how to market my work and at the time my skills were definitely not professional quality.

I kept writing and drawing but didn’t try to self-publish again.

Over time, my skills improved. I began to sell my artwork and quit writing all together. This turned out to be a good thing because without the skill to create images, I would not have become interested in visual storytelling and wouldn’t have begun writing again

Over the years, I kept remembering the early days when I tried to sell my prints and one of them stood out; a science fiction piece titled Grain of Sand. Of all the pieces I tried to sell, that was my favorite. I was damn proud of it.

Finally, 36 years later I felt I was up to the task of giving Grain of Sand the treatment it deserved.

I’ve put everything into this version– rewritten and updated the text –images created with all the skill and tools at my disposal.

Like the first, I’m damn proud of this version…maybe even more so.

My only regret is that I lost the photo-stat of the original. I really wanted to show a before and after comparison.

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As always, your comments and critiques are encouraged and most welcome.

Regards,

Eric