16 June 2012, Development - 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.
It should be obvious that to extrapolate technology, you must understand science. My specialties are aerodynamics, chemistry, civil flight, flight test, military flight, and military technology. I feel very confident writing about space and atmospheric science. I feel even more confident writing about extrapolated technology.
I typically take military and civil procedures and extrapolate them to the future. If you wish to do this, you have to understand military and civil procedures. Since I spent 24 years in the military working with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and foreign militaries, I know how militaries operate. Since I have been a pilot for over 32 years and have flown in over 50 countries across the world, I understand civilian aviation. In every case of military and civilian aviation and military procedures, I am experienced and capable of writing about those procedures. Because of this, I am capable of extrapolating these procedures and operations and writing about them.
The point here is that if I had no experience, I would be foolish to try to write about current military operations, and I would not be able to extrapolate future operations. Without a basic knowledge of current operations, I couldn't begin to write about future operations. Are you getting the point here? If you don't have experience of military of operations, you shouldn't write about them and you certainly can't extrapolate future operations. The same is true about science. If you don't know science, you shouldn't write about it, and you can't extrapolate the future of science.
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/.