16 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 138 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet 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 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.
The major areas in warfare technology are:
8. Environments (personal equipment)
You can expect all future systems to be directed by radar or some other electromagnetic system. This means that countermeasures will be required against all weapon systems. For example, GPS guidance will require some means of countermeasure. I already mentioned Radar and to some degree IR guidance systems. These have and will require future countermeasures. Any direction system you can imagine will require some kind of countermeasures. I wrote about physical countermeasures, but there is much more to say about electronic countermeasures.
For example, with IR systems, there already somewhat common electronic countermeasures. The primary ones today are directed IR and Laser countermeasures. Both of these use electromagnetic energy in the IR and Laser range to interfere with the IR guidance systems on IR missiles. There will be other systems in the future. All the potential guidance systems and countermeasure systems have not been invented or even conceived. A smart science fiction writer should be able to devise a system. In addition to guidance systems, there is also the detection of other electromagnetic systems. There is also electronic counter countermeasures (ECCM).
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: