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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 137 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Electronic Countermeasures

15 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 137 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Electronic Countermeasures

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
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment) 

Because the physical capabilities of the aircraft have been exceeded by missile systems, electronic countermeasures are necessary.  The first and most common are ECM (Electromagnetic Countermeasures).  These are electronic countermeasures generally used against radar systems.  There are various means and methods, but the point is to disrupt or confuse the missile system, its radar, or its guidance system.  There have also been attempts at disrupting or confusing the missile arming systems.  These can all be extrapolated for any radar controlled system---and let me tell you a little known point (in the civil world).  Most complex weapons tracking or targeting systems use some form of radar.  Battleships use radar to guide their guns and shells.  Aircraft use radar to guide and target ground, sea, and air targets.  Ground systems use radar to attack air, land, and sea targets.  It's all about radar, and there is a great extrapolation. 

If you realize that radars guide almost all current heavy weapons, then you can guess that radars in the future will likely guide ALL weapons.  This makes countermeasures very important.  Why don't we read about this in most science fiction literature, and why isn't it in Star Wars and Star Trek?  Well that's a problem with the scientific knowledge of the authors.

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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