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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 71 more Transportation

10 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 71 more Transportation

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.

Trains are the first level of technology for powered transportation.  Trains can't really used independently.  Trains require much land and resources.  These resources were available to individuals in the 1800s such that they could build and develop entire rail and railroad lines.  Today, regulations and government restrictions would likely make rail impossible--except under government control.  The problem of government interference in new technology is an age-old problem.  It does not improve service or cost--just look at AMTRAK in the USA.  Although there were individuals who did own their own trains and train cars, rail transportation lends itself to mass transportation.  Without government interference, transportation, indeed, all technologies, will move toward the individual.

It shouldn't surprise us that the automobile grew up quickly to compete against rail transportation.  It should not be surprising at all that individual transportation is the mechanism (all technologies move toward the individual) of the future for ground based transportation.  When people assert government or corporate dominance to try to force people from individual transportation toward mass transportation, they are working against history, freedom, and the most basic desires of people.  We should expect this trend to continue in transportation.

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.

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