aeglandyad, I duplicated your comment and did so inadvertently. I apologize for the faux pas. I just found DA, the excellent artists here, and the astute commenters, and should probably read more and post less quickly but I become captivated by the art and just start typing away... Sorry about that. Allow me though to compliment you on your taste in authors! There seems to be a lot of references to science fiction books on the pages here in DA that I have visited; I'll get to see great art and pick up 'recommendations' for good books too no doubt.
We have a whole folder devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Not only can you see my impression of Epiktistes, The Kistec Machine, The Lady On The Grey and Winston Niles Rumsfoord, you can actually read the stories in which they appear as pdf files or website entries if you follow the links in the artist's notes. A sort of advert for this runs permanently on our home page: [link] . I'm afraid you'll have to scroll down a bit.
Thanks! I will be sure to visit. I became semi-obsessed with finding something that would capture the essence of the 'Ringworld' with Fractint but never did. I'm thinking MB may be more conducive to vagrant fixations if I can just learn to use it properly. Thanks again for the link.