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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 77 more FTL (Faster than Light)

16 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 77 more FTL (Faster than Light)

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.

When we are talking about 1,000 o 10,000 years in the future, we can extrapolate the possibility of FTL travel.  The methods can be varied, but they are generally based on the same concept--gravity folds.  Science fiction writers have proposed various methods to get around the limits of the speed of light.  If you don't know that the speed of light is a physical limit, then you really need to get studying.  In the 100 to 1,000 year extrapolation, it can be expected that travel between solar systems is difficult and accomplished at non-FTL speeds.  This means it will take about 5 years at near light speed to get to the closest solar system (from earth).  A portion of the travel will be accelerating out to near light speed and decelerating back from near light speed.  You need to do the math yourself--it isn't difficult.  If you can't do the math, you really shouldn't be writing science fiction. 

There are various methods of FTL travel that have been suggested.  I'll get to that 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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