13 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 74 more 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 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.
Aircraft and then spacecraft should follow the example of automobiles. For ground transportation we have: buses, then taxis, then individually owned automobiles. In aircraft, we have: airlines, then charter, then individually owned aircraft. Your flying car will just be a variation of the individually owned aircraft. In spacecraft, expect: spacelines, then charter, then individually owned spacecraft. Your first thought might be, spacecraft are very complex, expensive, and difficult to fly. You are right in thinking of spacecraft today, but not those in the future.
Automobiles today are nothing like their ancestors. By that, I mean, in the past, I could work on an automobile with few problems. Automobiles have become more and more complex to the point that the average and not so average person can't work on them without lots of books, tools, and training. Aircraft are similar. All of these inventions come from humble beginnings.
The flying car (aircraft) will be very simple to operate. You will put in where you want to go and the GPS will navigate you there. The car will fly you there. The system will seem simple, but it will be very complex. In the future, spacecraft will be as simple to use. We just aren't there yet.
What about other transportation, like transporters...
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: