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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 108 Government Extrapolation

16 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 108 Government 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.

We can see two definite extrapolations with an infinite variety in between.  With the use of technology, the government has the capability of spying on your every word, moment, and eventually thought.  On one side is the uncontrolled use of this power.  The result will be a government in complete control of the people of a nation.  They will be able to know everything about anyone, and they will be about to indirectly and in the future directly control everything about any person.  The power will be completely in the hands of the government.  The government will be able to prevent crime, solve every crime, punish every crime, prevent every act of disobedience, allow only what it determines is correct and ethical.

The other side is a society that completely limits the power of government to spy, observe, listen, and control.  In this type of society, the government will not have the ability to observe and control.  The power will be in the hands of the individual and not the government.  The government may or may not be able to solve every crime.  There might still be acts of disobedience. 

Of course there are infinite degrees between each of these extremes.  The problem is that there is no such thing as a benevolent government.  When you write your extrapolation, you will be touching on ideas very few science fiction writers have explored.  How will people protect themselves from on all knowing and all seeing government?  Are they willing to put the "Noman" in place and blind the eye of government so it can't spy on its people?  Are they willing to accept freedom instead of safety?

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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