21 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 113 more Extrapolating Military 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 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.
The future of warfare is electronics--let's be very clear about that. The major areas are software, weapons, countermeasures, defense, communications, robots, vehicles, and environments. All of these will be driven by electronics and electronics will be the power of future warfare. Now, don't get sloppy. People will not become less irritating, antagonistic, or warlike--weapons will just become more and more dangerous and make warfare a greater tax on people and economies. We will see a reduction in warfare just as we did with the invention of the atomic bomb. When warfare becomes too dangerous, people decide to reduce their antagonistic tendencies.
Still warfare will continue to exist especially at a low level. This is what we see today--many small wars and not big ones. Electronics will tend to make warfare less destructive to the individual and more destructive to society. For example, cyberwarfare will make attacks on a nation both undetectable and possibly indefensible. If you don't know you are being attacked and by whom, you can't respond and you may not realize you are being attacked.
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.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: