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'Nostalgia For Infinity'

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I read a lot of science fiction :)!

The good ship "Nostalgia For Infinity" is the main ship featured in Alastair Reynolds' epic "Revelation Space" trilogy.

I loved the books, and was intrigued by his descriptions of this monumental craft - which is over a kilometer in length and described as a very long and needle shaped craft.

This is a very literal rendition, down to the exact dimensions indicated in the books.

Well, it turns out it's really difficult to get a satisfactory angle of view on something with that shape and proportion - but this was the result. The craft is quite foreshortened due to the use of a very long "telephoto" lens.

Consider this a work in progress. I could spend days adding minute detail to the hull - but in the version shown here it is mainly achieved with texture maps I painted in Photoshop.

The nebula is derived from several Hubble images, but adjusted to serve the purpose of this background.
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Your interpretation of the good old Nostalgia is my absolute favourite. 8-)

It's also very close to Reynolds' own sketch of a lighthugger, which he made a few years ago for his site (about two years after you posted this illustration, so great work in getting so many details right). :-)