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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 116 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Cyberwar

24 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 116 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Cyberwar

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) 

In a full extrapolation of the science in warfare, software and software exploitation will be the centerpiece of every battle.  What will that look like?  I'm not certain, but I tried to put it into my novels, The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox.  In those novels, especially, The End of Honor and The Fox's Honor, I show you space warfare in that universe and software and electromagnetic exploitation is a key part of battle.

I'm not sure exactly what cyber based warfare will look like in the future.  I'm not certain what it will look like in 100 years.  Notice that although we and some nations have the ability to fight at a very high technological level, most nations cannot.  This is exactly what I was talking about in cultural shaping.  Even though nations have nuclear weapons and plasma weapons, they might fight against an asymmetric enemy and use low tech weapons.  After all, you can't use cyber means against an enemy that doesn't use software.  On the other hand, if your LAGs (Light Assault Guns) run on modern computers, your low tech enemy might try to exploit them using cyber means.

This gets very complicated and complex.  This is also why cultural shaping is so important.  It is unlikely that anyone can extrapolate technology well enough to give a very accurate picture of anything in the future (100 years or greater).  It is unlikely that anyone can predict the next 10 years very well--could you have predicted the iPad or iPhone?  When technology looks us right in the eyes, we can barely see what is happening.  I once told a friend that in 10 years CDs would replace records and they didn't believe me.  I was wrong, it just took 5 years for CDs to completely take over from records.  

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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