2 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 124 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Electronic Weapons
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)
Before, I discussed weapons that identified the shooter through the grip. It is also possible to identify the shooter via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). You can use RFID to identify groups and prevent a weapon from firing on a target. This is one way to prevent the enemy's use of your weapons and to reduce self inflicted casualties. You can also program ammunition using RFID. That is make your ammunition so it doesn't work without a certain code sequence.
Already night vision devices are attached to weapons. The future will bring a host of other scanners and detection devices built into the weapons. This is integration of the weapon with the electronics. Today, many electronics are added to the weapons. The future will see these additions integrated into the weapons. Further, the electronics of the weapons will be integrated more and more into the battle gear of the shooter. Today, the shooter has night vision goggles, but future integrated weapons will put the targeting devices into the eye devices the shooter wears. The shooter won't aim and fire, she will identify the target and bring the targeting reticule to the target--the weapon will automatically fire. The target will be targeted from any position of the weapon.
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: