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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 105 and more Subversion, Economics, and Technology

13 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 105 and 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.

A great science fiction theme along these lines would be how to limit government to prevent the use f technology to spy on its own citizens.  Perhaps you imagine that leaps in technology give the common person little power in the overall mix--my point is that science fiction authors should be giving us the means to counter government overreach. 

How can you limit the government so it doesn't abuse its powers.  The Shockwave Rider by Brunner gave us some ideas on the how.  The main character in that novel made a computer virus to take over the spy apparatus.  The novel also was the model that led to the first real computer virus.  Viruses are likely not the appropriate solution--notice how viruses have been contained in the last 10 years.  But computer programs as well as legislative mechanisms will be part of the solution.  It would also be a great thing if people valued freedom as much now as they did in the past.  It is kind of difficult to write about freedom when a majority of the people are clamoring for limits on their freedom.  Since many of the classic science fiction novels are about fighting tyranny, newer novels should give ideas of how to fight information tyranny or perhaps computer tyranny.

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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