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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!
Takashi-Kurita Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
"hard SF" still has quite a bit of wiggle room, it's not a set definition, just part of the spectrum of hardness or softness.  
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.....
mikemars Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice detail. very believable
automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work, I like the details ^^
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work my friend. I love the lighting off the riing section - perfect.
AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Writer
If I didn't love you I'd hate you. Please stop being so talented it makes me feel bad. Oh well, I should be mindful that I walk in the presence of digital gods. Another masterpiece, Drell.
karanua Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work in all aspects. While I haven't read Spindrift if its anything along the same kind of novel that Oceanspace was (as in well researched, speculative science fiction) I think it will be one to look out for.
Bartoleum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
beautifully done!
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir! Thanks also for the faves!
Yavier Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Very nice piece!!
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Very nice work. I will have to check out the book now :)
GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Neat looking ship, but your description has piqued the interest of my inner scientist. Now I must know more of this diametric drive, namely what its made of.

Also I had a look at Steele's website and this things on the front page, that's pretty awesome.
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
The intricacies of the Diametric Drive are all Allen Steele's creation. He describes it in the novel Spindrift, which is where the Galileo design comes from. I worked with Allen pretty closely on the look of the Galileo, but the physics of the drive are all his. I am proud to say that a large print of this image hangs on the wall behind his shelf full of Hugo awards!
GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I'm glad this piece brought this book series to my attention. Well worth the read.

Is that a nuclear warhead I see on that there ship? Heh heh.
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep! As per Allen's description. I agree about the Coyote series. Some of the best colonization SF ever. I'm glad I was able to steer you toward it!
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