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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 140 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Electronic Counter Countermeasures

18 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 140 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Electronic Counter 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) 

Electronic countermeasures (ECM) and counter countermeasures (ECCM) can be easily understood in terms of computers.  A virus is a countermeasure and a virus checker is a counter countermeasure.  In terms of a radar missile system.  The electronics that attempt to confuse the radar missile guidance or the radar are countermeasures.  The electronics on the radar missile or in the radar that prevent the countermeasures from misdirecting the missile are counter countermeasures. 

In my science fiction, I explore all degrees of countermeasures and counter countermeasures.  All you need to develop countermeasures is an attack system.  All you need to develop a counter countermeasure is a countermeasure.  You don't have to design the entire system or the details of the operations of the system or countermeasures (unless you really want to).  All you need to do is describe the general system.  Let's say a missile that is guided by radar.  The countermeasures interfere with the radar.  That's about all you need.  You can build it up in your novel to whatever degree you desire.  The trick is to integrate it into your battles and make it a critical part of the attacks and defense. If you want to see how to do this, read my novels: The End of Honor and The Fox's Honor.  They detail space battles of this type very nicely.

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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