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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 73 Space Transportation

12 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 73 Space 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.

You can expect airborne transportation to move to suborbital airline flight while we still have atmospheric airline flight.  The expectation is for the cost of charter and individual atmospheric aviation to reduce and individual aircraft will become simpler to use.  You can expect in at least 100 years your flying car--that is unless the government regulates the capability out of the range of your pocketbook.  You will definitely have your flying car within 1000 years.  The government can't keep a good idea down forever.

From suborbital airline travel we will get orbital and eventually interplanetary travel.  What will these spaceships look like?  Most likely, they will be nothing like we imagine today.  There will be innovations in science and technology that will make space travel much different than we imagine today.  It will not be purely extrapolation, but for science fiction, including hard science fiction, this will be enough.  This is what we call cultural and technological shaping.  The best we can do right now is to extrapolate how we understand space travel to be based on how we understand space travel right now. 

The future of space travel will follow aircraft travel...

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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