23 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 84 and even more Communications
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.
What happens when I take communications to the next level? I mentioned Google contacts and ear inserts. What if I could inject a Google glass into your cornea. How about permanent ear inserts in your ear drum. Already there are cochlear implants. What if I gave everyone cochlear implants for a personal sound system. How far is this from stimulating the aural nerve directly. What about stimulating the optic nerve directly? If I implanted a device in you for sound, optics, a control head, and powered it with bio energy, you would have a permanent system within your body.
Take this a step further. So you won't need updates of the implants every year, I could make standard implants and update the software and hardware controlling it every cycle. The controlling device might be something you put in your pocket or attach physically with a connection. It might be like a drug patch. Perhaps you implants will all connect to a patch of skin with a connection array on it. Make sure all the pins align when you get your upgrade.
You can see already the makings of a science fiction novel.
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: