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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 118 Extrapolating Military Technology, Weapons

26 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 118 Extrapolating Military Technology, Weapons

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 start with individual weapons.  The current personal weapons today are slug throwers.  We have basically moved out of the era of swords and knives to the era of gunpowder.  We have been in the gunpowder era for an awful long time--the question is what is next? 

Right now, until the next breakthrough in firing a projectile or energy, we will see improvements and advancements in slug throwers.  The main enhancement in slug throwers is computing sights and correction systems.  These are being added to very long rang weapons such as sniper rifles.  We see stabilization systems, computer sights, computing systems, ammo tracking systems, ballistic systems etc.  All of these will find their way to smaller weapons.  Ultimately, you can imagine future slug throwers from very simple to very complex.  In games like Traveler, people simulate these weapons.  They add to the accuracy and fire power of the basic weapon. 

Slug throwers of one type or another will be around for a long time.  They are economical and deadly.  They can come in very simple to very complex versions.  The next real movement in individual weapons will be to undetectable and zero recoil.

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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