28 September 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 59 Transportation Science and Technology
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 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 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.
What other concepts can we extrapolate. Travel is another relatively easy field to extrapolate. If we look at the model of ground transportation, we can see the change from mass transportation to individual transportation. No one moves the other way--that is, not without government coercion. We can expect automobiles to move from ground to air. Right now, most governments are intentionally preventing air transportation from moving from individual private to individual public. Automobiles did that long ago. For example, in ground transportation, individual private is a chauffeured vehicle. Individual public is a taxi. In aviation, we talk about private aviation (individual private) and charter. Eventually, aviation will reach the point of everyone having a flying vehicle. The problem, from the beginning, has been governments. Government don't want you to have the freedom of aviation travel--they can't control it well. Eventually, we will get there, it will just take some leaps of technology.
In aviation, we can also expect low orbit transportation, eventually. Government are also trying to keep this under wraps. The commercial aircraft are slowing getting closer and closer to Mach 1. When they finally and efficiently exceed it, there will be a kerfuffle with government regulations, but eventually, the governments will allow low earth high Mach travel. That isn't far from low earth orbit. The government doesn't really want people to have access to space, but eventually, they will need it and want it. There will likely be a race to orbit like you can't imagine and if that race is controlled by commercial entities, it will be peaceful and profitable. If it is government, it will be exclusionary and warlike. More tomorrow.
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.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: