11 June 2012, Development - Science Study, 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.
I think properly studying to write historical fiction and culturally based fiction (almost the same thing) is the work of a lifetime. The study of science is the same, if not more :-D. You can accomplish the study of history and culture through assimilation and learning--you must study science through experiments and mathematics. The study of science is not a passive activity--it requires interaction and output. I read with trepidation a piece of writing titled: All I needed to write science fiction I learned from watching Star Trek. The article was written well and had some good ideas, but I assure you, you have no hope of learning to write science fiction by watching Star Trek. In the business we call it Star Trek dreck. Star Trek is about as far from science as Star Wars. Star Trek was not science fiction--it was futuristic fantasy. It was not based at all in science of any kind. In addition, the stories were cheesy knockoffs of classic themes that had been around for years. Many were copied in whole from other sources. To be clear, Star Trek is not science fiction.
Now, that is not to say, I didn't enjoy Star Trek as an attempt to introduce people to science fiction. I like Star Wars for the same reason. They just aren't science fiction.
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/.