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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 43 more Cultural Shaping

12 September 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 43 more Cultural Shaping

Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.

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

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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website and select "production schedule," you will be sent to

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

I am writing about the extrapolation of science and technology to be able to write science fiction.  I made the point that it is almost meaningless to try to fully extrapolate a universe (world) that is 10,000 years in the future (and maybe 1,000 years in the future) without applying some cultural and technological shaping.

By shaping the cultures of your science fiction universe, you can shape the science and technology that is extrapolated.  Here is how I culturally shaped the universe of The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox to make the 10,000 year extrapolation work.

First, you must remember the first rule of writing (it's above).  You must connect your readers to your science fiction universe without confusing them.  The best way to do this is to give your readers something very close and dear to them.  In Star Wars George Lucas made that connection through a B rated movie style.  The characters are overblown and fantastic.  The plot is simplistic and classic.  The appeal was to a million people who wanted to be like Luke Skywalker--an unknown who makes it good because or his slacker tendencies.  This is just one example of how to connect with your readers.  Don't try to copy George Lucas because his technique may have connected with his audience and shaped the technology through the cultural setting, but it also ended up with terrible science fiction.

There are much better ways of shaping the culture of your science fiction universe to connect with your readers and to extrapolate the science and technology.  Star Wars provides some reasonable examples, but I'm gong to use my series of novels (The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox) to make my points. 

Also remember, I'm trying to show you and give you examples of how to write a science fiction theme statement and turn it into a plot.

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