*Keeper of time, his task to slice
Through time and space with no device
Move men and ships with cosmic splice
Using melange, the precious spice
Melange born of the worms in sand
Their home, Arrakis desert land
Where Fremen tribes do make their stand
Protect this spice from evil band*
This fractal artwork was inspired by the 1965 classic science-fiction novel, ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert. This is the first instance that I can think of where the concept of ‘folding’ time and space for space travel is imagined. In the novel, creatures called ‘Navigators’ are able to use a spice called ‘Melange’ to enable space travel by folding space.
This is my abstract portrayal of what a Navigator would be. The Navigator has infinite portals within him that connect all points of time and space. His container of the spice Melange lays at his feet.
The large sand dunes near the coastal town of Florence, Oregon ( close to where I live ) served as the original inspiration to Frank Herbert for the Dune saga novels. I always thought it was really cool that his inspiration came from my neck of the woods. I have always loved this book since the first time I read it as a young boy, so here is a little tribute to Frank for the wondrous adventure he sent me on during that time.
The original is 4800 × 6400 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. It was created in Sterling2, a freeware fractal application. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a couple of detail cutaways below.