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Friday, November 22, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 114 Extrapolating Military Technology, Software

22 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 114 Extrapolating Military Technology, Software

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.

The major areas in warfare technology are:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment) 

Let's look at each of these starting with software.  Software will drive most of the other technologies, but the most important thing about software is its use in attack and defense.  You already contend with it every day--it is viruses and counterviruses.  This is cyberwarfare.  I wrote a 50 page paper that has been published and republished as shorter pieces on cyberwarfare.  We are seeing and have seen cyberwarfare, and it is going on right now.

The problem with cyberwarfare is that few take it very seriously.  Until there is a significant event--a nuclear reactor takeover, the destruction of a financial system, the takeover of a modern fighter.  The problem is that it is almost impossible to tell that cyberwarfare has happened.  If a nation does it right, the opposing country will have no idea what happened.  They will think there was an accident or a mistake.  They won't realize they were attacked. 

The use of software to do battle will be the primary means of future warfare.  Unfortunately, it will be going on all the time and only come out during actual hostilities.  That's the only time a nation will alert another nation that it knows what is going on--or maybe not.  In your extrapolation of military technology, you need to realize this as a possibility and either determine a strong defense or a reasonable use.

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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