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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 67 Medical Extrapolation

6 October 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 67 Medical Extrapolation

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.

There is much more in technology to extrapolate.  One very important area of science and technology is medicine.  Most science fiction doesn't extrapolate medicine very accurately.  This is one area where technology or cultural shaping comes in handy.  Most likely, the future of medicine is implants.  Not just implants for bones, but organs and especially electronic devices.  The first step will likely be RF tagging.  We already RF tag pets.  The ability to RF tag people will make identification and finances precise.  There may or may not be much resistance to the idea, but it will happen eventually.

There are many more things you can do with bioelectronics.  How about an implantable chip that allows you to compute advanced math in your mind.  Or a chip that allows you to browse the Internet with nothing more than your mind.  An complete bio computer interface isn't that far in the future.  In my Ghost Ship Chronicles, I proposed direct mental interfaces for computer input and output.  The reason was that the people of the times had outlawed direct mind interface chips.   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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