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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 147 Extrapolating Military Technology, Area Defense

25 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 147 Extrapolating Military Technology, Area 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) 

Another means of providing defense is to knock out an incoming projectile or missile.  There may also be ways to interfere or intercept beam weapons.  The best modern example of an area weapon are the Gatling guns on modern ships used to stop anti-ship missiles.  These weapons, when activated, automatically detect attacking missiles and lay down fire in front of the missile to destroy it before it can hit the ship.  This is basically the idea behind anti-aircraft fire at any time--it intercepts and shoots down the attacking vehicle before it can use its weapons.  Shotguns are a type of area fire weapon. 

Area defense weapons are useful against any attack that can be stopped through the interception and deflection of an attacking firing weapons or vehicle.  Area defense would not necessarily be effective against single small projectiles especially if they are all targeting the same thing.  They might be useful against another area fire weapon that uses armed (exploding etc.) projectiles.  You can see that chaff and flares are a type of area defense.

In the realm of beam weapons, a chaff barrage or an area defense attack might intercept the beam enough to protect the vehicle target. 

We can see, that defense doesn't always mean armor or unmoving.  The Germans used anti-aircraft fire weapons very effectively against ground based weapons and vehicles.

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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