‘Empiricist’ is based on a scene from SF author Iain M. Banks‘s ‘Culture’ novel, ‘The Hydrogen Sonata‘. This privately commissioned illustration
depicts the 200km long GSV – General System Vehicle – ‘Empiricist’ and its attendant entourage of ships approaching the planet Zyse to celebrate
the forthcoming ‘Subliming’ of the indigenous Gzilt race.
I heartily recommend reading this novel, definitely one of IMB’s best Culture stories!
For those Culture purists out there, please note that this is my interpretation of the ‘Empiricist’ – involving some serious artistic license! – and not a
slavish depiction of IMB’s description in the novel.
A larger version of this image can be viewed on my site at: mjb-graphics.co.uk/empiricist/ or on ArtStation: www.artstation.com/artwork/Xma…
Instant-FAVE and WATCH!!...I really need to start in on that book. I think there's only two I haven't read, in the "Culture" series anyhow...Here's to hoping the 'Affront' don't pop-by and try to liven things up eh?
I'd definitely read The Hydrogen Sonata, I'm sure you'd thoroughly enjoy it!
It's being very cautious, and protecting a pop of umpteen bill....
Thanks fellow IMB admirer!
"I say, old thing, here's a few hundred teratons of party favors! Huzzah!"
I'm unfamiliar with the source material.