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These are books I've consulted a lot. If you're doing work with fractals, these are some of the books you really ought to have around.
Fractal Geometry of Nature
Benoit Mandelbrot / Hardcover / Published 1988
|This is the book that started it all. Mandelbrot gives an introduction to fractals of all kinds, including fBm noise fractals which are commonly used for synthetic terrain. If you're looking for a lot of code, you won't find it here; what you will find is theory, mathematics, and examples.|
The Science of Fractal Images
Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Dietmar Saupe (Contributor) / Hardcover / Published 1988
|Peitgen and Saupe is another classic book on fractals. They go into the math, and they also present practical algorithms for implementing fractals of all kinds. Highly recommended.|
Texturing and Modeling : A Procedural Approach/Book and Disk
David S. Ebert (Editor); Hardcover
|A major source of information about procedural textures and noise functions, which can be used to generate terrain, clouds, smoke, and a whole lot more. The section by Ken Musgrave is particularly useful for making landscapes.|
There are a lot of books on computer graphics, but only a few that really cover the field both broadly and deeply. Here are a couple of them.
Computer Graphics : Principles and Practice (Systems Programming)
James D. Foley (Contributor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1996
|Foley and Van Dam is one of the classics in the field, although it is sometimes a little quirky. I have an earlier edition of this work and consult it any time I need to do graphics. Chock-full of theory, derivations, and algorithms.|
Advanced Animation and Rendering Techniques : Theory and Practice
Alan H. Watt, Mark Watt / Hardcover / Published 1992
|This one has been recommended by many people on comp.graphics.algorithms. It isn't in my personal library yet, though, so this recommendation is third-hand.|
Proceedings of the annual conferences of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH). These are very useful for computer graphics professionals, and past volumes have contained papers on terrain generation. For somebody who's just dabbling, these might not be worth the cost, but I thought I'd list them here for those who want to build up thier libraries.
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