17 June 2012, Development - even more on Extrapolated Science in Science Fiction
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
I wrote in detail about how to study history and culture to write historical fiction. That moved to how to write about culture in science fiction, and now, I am exploring how to study to write science fiction.
The bottom line is this: if you don't understand science, don't write science fiction. I wrote generally about how to study science. If you want to write science fiction and you are still in school, there is some hope for you. Study science. If you are out of school and you have a degree in science, you are about ready to prepare to write science fiction. If you don't have a dregree in a science field, and you want to write science fiction, you better get started studying. It isn't impossible to write good science fiction if you don't have a degree or extensive study in a science realted field, but you'll just look like a fool. Kind of like George Lucas.
If you want to write historical or cultural fiction, you must invest hours and hours in study--the same is true for science fiction. The problem with science fiction is that you must work much harder to study science. This is one of the reasons there is so little real or hard science fiction anymore. The authors are science illiterates. If you don't know sceince, you write sceince fantasy instead of science fiction. How do you know you are writing sceince fantasy--we'll look at that.
I'll write more about science in science fiction tomorrow.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.