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Friday, October 11, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 72 Flight Transportation

11 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 72 Flight 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.

It isn't really worth discussing bus or taxi transportation--not because it isn't important, but because it has already been overcome by automobiles.  Land based transportation has been completely maxed out--the individual land transportation method is the highest level of technology.  The only place land based technology can go is faster, but you only can go so far with that.

The real increase in transportation is air based transportation.  We started with the wealthy and individual aircraft because that is the only place you can start with aviation.  It quickly moved toward mass transportation, then to taxis (charter aircraft), and finally individual aircraft.  The government got involved at the behest of the airlines and has tried to do their best to destroy both charter and individual aviation.  In Europe, individual aviation is dead and mass aviation transportation is dying.

The goal of transportation is to go from mass transportation to individual transportation.  If aviation had not been crippled by the government, everyone would have their own flying car by now.  Where is your flying car, it has been ruined by government control and regulations.   Of course, the steps of space ship transportation will be the same as atmospheric based aviation.

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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