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Friday, October 25, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 86 Entertainment

25 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 86 Entertainment

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.

Where is entertainment going--obviously entertainment is falling more and more into the hands of the entertained.  Just so you understand that the purpose of TV and radio is not to entertain, we can more on with extrapolation.  Notice that the entertainment sphere is still firmly entrenched in the concept of the play or extravaganza.  People watch sports, go to plays, musicals, and opera, go to musical presentations, etc. for entertainment.  They have taken more and more control of these types of entertainment.  The point for the individual is to get the entertainment she wants when she wants it.  Thus, if I have a recording of a play, I can see it whenever I want, but not necessarily where ever I want.  If I have access to the streaming of the recording, I can see it whenever and almost where ever I want.  Connections in the sphere of communications make it possible for me to have the entertainment I want when and where I want it.  The control of the entertainment access becomes individual.  What about the entertainment itself?

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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