6 November 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 98 Markets and 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.
We have developed some very important ideas about technology and the extrapolation of technology. The first is this, without a market, you will not get any (or very little) entertainment technology. This means you will likely get no technology. Almost every modern piece of technology came from entertainment or it sprang from a market. Without the wealthy, there will be no customers for early technology, and without early technology, there will be no later technology. This means that if you envision a socialist or communist society, there will be very little technological change. If you wondered what happened in the dark ages--that was the problem, no market, no new technology for hundreds of years. There were wealthy people, but no market to take advantage of the inventions. Note that the rise of merchants began the rise of the middle ages--shazam.
You might ask, what about non-entertainment technologies--like medicine. The market for medicine is fueled by very interesting factors. The first is a very strong capitalistic market in the USA. This market subsidizes many other socialistic markets. The other side is government involvement that produces a large number of wealthy market interventions only because they wield the market hammer. Note the almost death of medical technological investment and development outside of the USA. There is little market because socialistic governments control them. There is also too strong regulatory control by governments--especially the USG. We will see what happens in the future to medical science under a very strong socialistic control system, but without wealth and a market, you can expect the worse. There are other important points to note.
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: