Ok, I took the ebook down because it's now going up for sale at Amazon. It will be up at Barnes and Noble as soon as I tweak it because I want the fractals as big as possible within the constraints of the ebook.
Here's the credit's section from the book:
About the Flame Fractals
I started using Apophysis in 2005, a bit after it first came out. It was sort of occupational therapy for some difficult times I had to work through. (â€œFractals: For when Nurse takes away the paper doll scissors.â€)
I didn't bother showing them outside of an occasional web post, until 2010 when I decided what the hey, I'll show them at Conduit, the regional science fiction/fantasy convention here in the Intermountain West.
My fractal “Summoner Conservatory” won the Judges’ Choce award, which they presented along with a good reaming about how I should frame the pictures, not just tape them to the wall. It was an excellent education and much appreciated.
The flame fractals are usually raw fractals, just as they are rendered by Apophysis, with a few exceptions:
I have to massage the fractals due to color profiles, gamma and saturation differences between platforms, and other geeky things of that nature. For this I use The Gimp, and Photoshop only when I can't get away with anything else.
However, I've just discovered the magic of putting a gradient behind a fractal. Bahâ€”who wants to be a purist, anyway?
I would like to credit the creators of the amazing program Apophysis, and the plugins which people conjure up and allow the community to use.
I'll have you know I'm completely going against my mother's insistence that I not give out my methods. But somehow I doubt that any other fractal artist would be much interested in creating monsters in Apophysis and improvising stories about them. Most fractal artists like to do complex geometrical abstracts. Monsters, moreover, are so much easier to make in The Gimp or Daz 3D. In those programs you can get exactly the monster you want, when you want it, rather than poking about esoteric mathematical variations. And where, if you change one little thing, the entire picture changes.
That's just a friendly warning for those who want to avoid dependence on antipsychotics. Or their subconscious.
Be that as it may, Apophysis is brilliant, and here's who made it:
Mark Townsend: http://sourceforge.net/projects/apophysis
Apophysis 7x by Georg â€œXyrusâ€ Kiehne
The seminal paper on IFS flame fractals, by Scott Draves. See his paper, written in 1992, at the Cosmic Recursive Fractal Flames web site, http://flam3.com.
Aporev, Mother's Heart, and many others at the fantastic Apophysis community on DeviantArt: apophysis.deviantart.com