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In the center of the country that I write
about, there is a spectacular building
world-renown for its immensity.
If we follow the literature, the first indication we have to
comes from the logo of the company that produced it -
a company known as 'Axel Industries.'
The following is a passage from God, Man, and
The Machine describing the building:
The Ace or
Axel Industries Central (AIC) Building - the impossible
ziggurat of Silverberg.
The Ace could be seen from a generous distance,
standing nearly a mile high and half as wide.
Like a great, silver, isosceles mountain it often
disappeared into the clouds.
On a clear day one could see that as it culminated
towards its apex, the gigantic building narrowed itself
betraying a considerable mesa far atop.
This is a passage from The Terrors of Wonder
describing the building:
The Axel Industries Central (AIC)
Building, or more colloquially known as ‘the Ace,’
could be seen from a generous distance, standing nearly
a mile high and half as wide
(not including the flying butresses). The ziggurat
of Silverberg...on the day of its completion in 2038,
Silverberg announced its independence.
This great, silver, isosceles mountain often disappears
into the clouds.
On a clear day from a respectable distance,
however, one could see that as it culminated
towards its apex,
the gigantic building narrowed itself progressively,
betraying a considerable mesa at its top.
I thought that I should make a picture of it, as that seemed
easier that trying to accurately describe it.
I decided to paint it, so I put it on 3 pieces of canvas,
each viewing from one side:
Below: Looking at it from the West (or East)
and looking to the East (or West)
Below: Looking from the North (or South), and
looking toward the South (or North)
Below: From above
As the entire structure is mirrored, I realized I had no
earthly idea as to how to shade it properly.
I therefore built a model so that I could finish the
The mainframe is a 'computer' that I
write about in
God, Man, and The Machine and The Terrors of Wonder.
When it was first created, it appeared as an icosahedron
(to wit: a twenty-sided prism where all the sides are equal).
These are my early attempts to create a model of the mainframe.
As it happens, trying to maintain consistent dihedral angles of
138.2 degrees is actually quite difficult.