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Galileo by Drell-7 Galileo by Drell-7
This is a study I did based on the starship featured in SF author Allen Steele's most recent novel, Spindrift. This is Allen's preferred image of the ship. I worked with him on all details and based it on his "study" model. In the process of designing this, my input fed back to Allen and resulted in some text changes in the book in regards to the ship function. One of the Galileo prints now hangs in Allen's house, in a place of honor over his collection of Hugos! The torus is not there to produce artificial gravity for the crew. Instead, it is part of the near lightspeed drive, which inflates to this shape, after the ship has passed through an initial starbridge that gets it out of the solar system. Nanoassemblers are then let loose in the toroid to build the Diametric drive.
The scene depicted occurs shortly after Galileo arrives at an extra-solar system object named Spindrift. The ships lander, the Maria Celeste, has just undocked in preparation for deorbit and landing.
I enjoy Allen's fiction greatly, he's one of the few hard SF authors who are regularly writing today.

Modeled, textured and rendered in Lightwave 8.5 Post work done in Photoshop CS2.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
charlls Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
a diametric drive would disqualify the novel as 'hard SF' but it is still a beautiful design!
NefariousDrO Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
That's a superb job of modeling the ship, the level of detail you put into that is stunning. Even cooler is that you actually worked with him so closely, that must have been very exciting.
eburacum45 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Note that the Diametric drive concept has been around for a decade or two, and was examined in detail by Robert Forward; here's wiki on the subject.
if you had enough negative mass/energy you could do some amazing things.
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional
very nice indeed
LiamKerrington Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Impressive work. I don't know "Spindrift", but I know something else: This is one very nice piece of art you have created there.
Jim197 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work. The detailing on it is great.
Bendinggrass Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the detail on the ship. I'm going to have a look for Spindrift now. Hard SF is always worth reading.
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Its a good read! The ship on the actual cover looks nothing like the Galileo, though. I don't think the art director understood the description.....
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