15 June 2012, Development - 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 science in science fiction is always extrapolated from known science today. Even better said: the technology in science fiction is extrapolated from the known science today. Technology is applied science, and it takes a while for science to become technology. I taught a class in predicting technology. Part of a science fiction author's job is to first know science. If you don't have a clue about real science, you can't extrapolate anything. If you imagine that vehicles in space fly using the same means as vehicles in the atmosphere, you are simply an idiot--you can't and shouldn't write science fiction. In fact, whatever you write should be required to have a warning sticker on it so the young and ignorant won't think your works are about science.
The main point is you must know science to be able to extrapolate technology. If you really can't imagine how to do this, I suggest you look through my classes at www.ldalford.com or www.lionelalford.com and check out the slides in the technology class. You can see there the basics of science extrapolated to future technology. The predictions were based in 10, 100, 1000, and 10,000 years from today. If you intend to write science fiction, this is the basic process you must go through to understand what you are writing. The questions still at hand is how do we learn about science and what is science fact.
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/.