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The floatforest is a constantly shifting sea of drifting plant covered islands, in some areas so dense as to be almost indistinguishable from land. Millions of Birrin call this tropical, dynamic world home, from sophisticated city dwellers to nomadic tribes with limited contact with the global civilisation.

The Birrin discovered that, when dried, the heavily compacted masses of dead plants that constitute the older larger islands can be burned as a very efficient fuel. In a short period of time mining began and factories sprung up in the old forest, large areas of vegetation being destroyed to supply fuel for cooking and industrial steam boilers. Soon steam powered ships plied the channels of the float forest , using the forest itself as fuel as they travelled, or purchasing high grade and dried peat from retailers.

As seen here, some more enterprising groups combined the two and use huge ships to transport peat for sale in towns across the forest. The tall hull of this vessel contains racks of high grade peat, being dried on the go and kept warm via heat diverted from the steam ships' own boilers. To counter balance the height of the ship, much of the vessel lies under water in an expanded hull filled with ballast. This added mass also gives the ship the inertia needed to ram through sections of forest, using the blade like prow to first life and then cut the mats of vegetation floating on the waters surface. The flared disk built out around the bow catches vegetation and forces it downwards, keeping it from impacting against the front and sides of the vessel.

Anchored and with boiler firing to dry the latest shipment, this peat-merchant paddle wheeler has stopped off at one of the larger suppliers in the oldest parts of the forest. Over the next few days it will be loaded as the crew relaxes a little, and set off into the narrow channels to deliver its wares across the inland sea, using a portion of its peat load as fuel.

A few locals, curious, look across the water towards it on their morning swim.
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:iconthoughtengine:
thoughtengine Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I am fascinated to see alien steam power. I have only ever heard of it a couple of times in hardly-known works, most writers seem to have a thing for alien civilisations having no stage between "bronze-age" and "Star Wars-level".
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And that's exactly why the sci-fi/space opera I'm writing has aliens at a technological level only a few decades to a half-century above humanity's own.
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Rafabip Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
I drew something for you. This boat, traveling over the seas of the Birrin Homeworld :)
You can see it on my profile c:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Eee! I love it!

Faved :)
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:iconrafabip:
Rafabip Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I'm glad you like it :)
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Cinematican Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
The natural "armoring" of your tress here are my favorite part, second being the thought process of overall design... nice! I bet trees would develop segments and armoring if they had to survive such a hostile world. I'd hate to see what a swarm of wasp or ant populations look like there
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:iconjustin5578:
justin5578 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
I am really digging all your Birrin art and stories. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Cheers :)
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:iconnokreatr:
NoKreatr Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This needs to be in a videogame.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
And a movie!
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:iconaliasundercover:
AliasUndercover Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I foresee a fossil-fuel crisis in their future.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Actually, they have already been through one :)
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slackjaw10 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
The amount of thought you put into the world(s) in your work is frightening.
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The ship concept is excellent for the unusual task!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
A forest-breaker
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GogolsOvercoat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Absolutely brilliant.
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Awesome...just awesome! I love the concept!
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Looks like a very practical design. something fit for heavy seas and violent weather. The high bow and streamlined front end make me think it's used to forcing it's way through high seas.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thanks, actually the front end is designed to cut through floating vegetation in the forest :)
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Okay after re-reading the description I saw that.

wish I could afford to hire you for some of my projects, your creatures and vehicles would fit my worlds nicely :D
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Writer
Is it just me, or did you just flip this image?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I flipped it :) I uploaded a high resolution version for print and prefered it this way.
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aquiresville Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
B R I L L I A N T
You had me with the painting, all the otherworldly little details, but the written explanation cemented the deal. Above-and-Beyond!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Thanks :)
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I really love the lattice windows in the ship :) .
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dianode Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I really love this piece. The attention to detail is immense and along with the vibrant colour palette, this makes it stand out for me. The environment you've constructed around the ship, both visually and with the back story, only serves to make it seem so much more complete, as if you could step into the scene...

Excellent work.
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Work .. :-) ..
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Revolations Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work as usual. Your backstories are so amazing and they really connect with a person like me who also imagines a lot of sci-fi material. The only difference between you and me is that you can draw and bring your concepts to life. That is why I'm such a fan. You should create an art book
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I am thinking of turning all this into an ebook very soon.
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Moriadne Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As always, your works never cease to amaze me!

Aside from the places where there's lots of ethnic strife, the Birrin's world would doubtlessly be one of the very top of my list of planets places to visit.

Kudos to you on this excellent work!
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DinoJake Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I wonder what those two swimming birrin in the lower right hand corner would be talking about....

"Stupid paddle wheelers. Think they own the harbor."
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Dragonkil362 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Can't get enough of these alien worlds. So interesting to think about how they would function.
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Teezec Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great painting, supercool inspiration ;D
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thunder156 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Your work never ceases to expand my imagination great work.
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SgtHydra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
James Cameron can go to hell.

You're the real genius when it comes to bringing alien worlds to life.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Danke :)

I want to take the science fictiony-ness out of it, as if you could really go there.
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Caessaes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
I have to admit who I am impressed. All this details in the picture and the story are awesome, very well done.
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iszrian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Beutiful pic as always (faves), and also an intriguing predicament, as the birrin seem to use the ground of the isles as fuel, the implications of that (reducing the landmass, air pollution) are significant (and seem to indicate thet the birrin arent so different from us in terms of exploatism :D ).
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:iconajtalon:
AJTalon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Writer
Oh Huranax, don't you cry for me! I've gone to Palkahanna with a thripox on my knee!
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:iconvorthon:
Vorthon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Huh. Kinda reminds me of a steam locomotive.
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Gyromorgian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat. Actually looks functional, unlike most sci-fi art.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks, that is what I aim for :)
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ToratonSF Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Wow. Just...wow. Only a special few artists would go as far as you have gone in creating such an alien yet plausible species. Far fewer still would give it a world and a civilization. I love all of the pictures of Birrin technology. It's so fascinating to see a basic concept, such as a boat or a gun, that we're familiar with and then to imagine how an alien species would design it.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Thanks, I aim to design a LOT more of this society
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ToratonSF Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I eagerly await it.
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Transapient Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Simply marvelous!
The concept of the floating forest and cities is really cool! And again, the way you manage to pull together things like lighting, atmosphere, background ideas, biology, technology, and culture in your works makes them nothing short of spectacular! I especially like the 'feel' of the setting; just like experiencing certain 'feels' of cultures in human civilization, the society of the float forest birrin has a special, unique 'feel' to it (I'm substituting 'feel' for a mix of emotions I can't explain). And the lovely young (I'm guessing young) birrin couple out for a swim generates a plesant mood (one seems smaller than the other, is that sexual dimorphism?).
All in all, fantastic art as usual! (smile)

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"Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!"--Homer Simpson
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
There is some sexual dimorphism, though I am currently thinking birrin can switch genders at certain stages of their lives. And I hope to flesh this environment out much more.
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AxelWindhawk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This is a really cool pic. Don't stop to draw! ^^
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DarreToBe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist
I;m a huge fan of your art but I'd like to note you'd be a great sci-fi writer. I thouroughly enjoy seeing each of your new pics but the artists comments are excellent as well.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
These Birrin images are going to make for a kickass art/sci-fi book!
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