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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 104 more Subversion, Economics, and Technology

12 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 104 more Subversion, Economics, and Technology

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.

We can already see that the greater the technology, the greater the power to snoop on citizens and potentially to control them.  There is no benevolent government--at least not within the imagination or reality of humankind.  Governments are never good, except to those who control them or have power in them.  The future will be stark choices between giving more power to government or reigning government in and taking its power.  The science fiction writer can play all day with different types of government and levels of government control.  I think the science fiction author is at his/her best when writing about stark contrasts in governmental systems and power.  It is easier to see abuses that way. 

As we already saw, technology increases best under a free market with freedom and lots of money with a strong degree of wealth.  Technology does not increase very well under controlled markets with little money, controlling government, and limited wealth.  The contrast for a science fiction author should be obvious.  Now, you just have to take advantage of this reality.

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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