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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 141 Extrapolating Military Technology, Defense

19 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 141 Extrapolating Military Technology, Defense

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) 

Defense in this sense is direct physical countermeasures.  What do I mean by that.  A wall is a direct physical countermeasure against a bullet.  Armor is a direct physical countermeasure against any projectile.  The trick is the speed and weight of the projectile.  Remember 1/2mv^2.  The mass and velocity squared are the power (kinetic energy) of a projectile.  This is what gives the piercing power to a projectile.  The defense against projectiles starts with some type of armor.  The armor is very important because armor protection is directly related to material, thickness, and angle.  For example, a properly angled sheet of armor can deflect almost any projectile.  The velocity of the projectile and the friction of the armor surface then comes into play. 

In writing about armored warfare or even about body armor for police work, you must understand the dynamics of armor and projectiles.  That's just for modern era writing.  If you want to get into science fiction warfare, you need to be able to extrapolate the technology as well as understand the concepts involved with armor penetration.  We are focusing on the defensive part of the equation, but we will also get into the projectile to armor interface.

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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