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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 144 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Personal Armor Defense

22 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 144 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Personal Armor 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) 

One of the main reasons for moving from combat crewed vehicles to individual crewed vehicles is combat efficiency.  If I can put the firepower and defense of a tank in the hands of a single person, I have combat multipliers based on a single person and a single vehicle.  As I mentioned, aviation went this way a long time ago.  Fighter aircraft are single crewed vehicles that gain combat efficiency by mutual support.  Large aircraft do the same thing.  The big deal with fighters is the loss of the aircraft doesn't necessarily mean the loss of the crew or the fighting package. 

Concern about the loss of a human crew is the reason for UAVs (uninhabited aerial vehicles).  This tactic (robots) does not mean more combat efficiency or effectivity--it just means less chance to loose a human being.  True combat efficiency comes with the ability to fight and make decisions as an individual with the support of many.  This was the correct extrapolation of Starship Troopers.  This is a correct extrapolation for the future (right now).  What will this extrapolation of vehicles or fighting capability look like?  Who knows.  This is the reality a science fiction author gives life to.

In my novels, I made a different extrapolation.  I extrapolated modern ship fighting into space mixed with aviation warfare.

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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