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Monday, November 25, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 117 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Cyberwar

25 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 117 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet 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) 

We came back full circle--the extrapolation of software in warfare becomes so complex and difficult, we are forced to culturally shape the science and the science fiction writing to make it palatable and understandable.  If you delve deeply enough into most science extrapolation, you will find that cultural or technological shaping is necessary.  You have help in this because, as we have discussed, all levels of technology can exist close to each other.

So, in developing the concept of cyberwar in your writing, you should extrapolate to a degree that supports your theme, plot, and universe and move from this point.  The other war technologies all depend on software, so you must provide some degree of understanding of this software and the use of software in the future world.

Software might be ubiquitous in the future.  It might be so used that it is not even considered, the problem with this idea is that somehow someone must figure a perfect way to protect, design, use, and install the software into the devices.  I don't think we will ever be cut loose from software or from the problems of software, but you might be able to imagine that in your science fiction world.

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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