18 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 110 more Where No One Can Go
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 http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
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.
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.
Star Trek-Into the Darkness is just more Star Trek dreck. The absurd ideas and lack of real science in the movie is disgusting. Who in their right mind would give a star ship to a nere-do-well almost academy graduate? No one ever imagined in the original Star Trek that Kirk started his career as a Captain. Who ever started their career as a Captain--that is patently absurd. We know that anyone who is given the responsibility of a star ship in a military (or anywhere else) would be vetted and trained for at least 20 to 25 years before given the responsibility of a star ship.
Kind of makes it easier to believe the bad guy is a psychopathic war monger if they all become space Captains at 21 years. Hey, how can Captain Kirk legally drink if he is--well I guess he is over 21 (we hope). Plus where do all the cannon fodder guys and gals come from. There are all kinds of Lieutenants and Ensigns and Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders all over the place. Where are the Marines. I guess it would help if Hollywood had at least one person who was in the military. They could write a better script if they talked to a dope head veteran homeless guy--the homeless guy would know more about the military and how it works.
Just the idea of how space works seems to elude these "so-called" science fiction writers.
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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