10 June 2012, Development - Science Study, even more 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.
The question on the table is, "How do we study science so we don't end up science stupid like George Lucas?" The simple answer is--study science. This is simpler and yet more difficult than it sounds. Most people don't like science for some reason. As a young person, I adored science. I couldn't get enough of it. I had pretty good science teachers. Until college, I had terrible math teachers. Math and science go together, so you need the math too.
Many people have terrible science and math teachers and it scars them for life. Unfortunately most of the teachers in schools are not trained in science or math (even those that teach science and math). This is a bad thing because if we want good science fiction (writers and readers) we need people who understand and like science (and math). The question is still, "How do we study?"
If you are still in school--focus on math and science. If you want to write, you need to gain those skills too. As I teach young scientists, if you discover the greatest things in history, but you can't communicate them, you are a failure.
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/.