New Member Introduction
I just discovered this site this morning after a search for cartography software. I found Campaign Cartographer and Fractal Terrains from ProFantasy and here I am.
I'm a Ph.D. Electrical Engineer and published science writer (Nature, Science, Brain, Journal of Experimental Medicine, etc.) and have been working on a series of hard Science Fiction Space Operas for the past three years. On the verge of signing with an agent—who suggested creating maps of the worlds in my created-universe—I started looking for software to create imaginary worlds.
Years ago, while in high school, I had a great interest in cartography, was pretty damn good at map-making, and had a decent collection of road maps (back when gas stations gave them away!) and several nice Rand-McNally atlases. Instead of pursuing cartography as a career, I became an engineer instead.
Now turning to writing, it appears that I may be coming full circle. How strange life is...
Looking forward to participating in this forum.
Be welcome my friend. When you have tiem, show us your works =)
Welcome David. Hey, if you still have any of your older maps lying around you should scan them (or take a picture of them) and show them off in the Finished Map gallery. We'd love to see them. Also, there are some discussion threads here on the virtues and vices of various forms of cartography and/or image manipulation programs, so have a look.