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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 106 Counterculture

14 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 106 Counterculture

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.

Which means almost all science fiction authors are counterculture--or at least their writing is.  Just look at 1984 or Animal Farm.  How about Brave New World?  Even works like 50,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, and Mysterious Island have counterculture aspects.  In fact, I suspect that science fiction heroes are more often the kid who can't or doesn't get along with the sheriff more than the guy in the cube giving a briefing.  Not to say the stolid office worker can't be a science fiction hero, but I suspect he or she is breaking out of the cube mold to fight internal and external tyranny.  Science fiction rarely works in the system, usually "the system" is the antagonist.  I can't remember a single science fiction book where the government is the good guys--I'm sure there is, but I don't remember reading them.

I suspect this is already emblazoned on most science fiction author's brains, but just to be sure, I thought this was the perfect transition from technology problems based on government surveillance.  When your own government is spying on you, they aren't the good guys. 

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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