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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 151 Extrapolating Military Technology, and more Communications

29 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 151 Extrapolating Military Technology, and more Communications

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)
9.  Costs 

Communication systems can be jammed, and they can be intercepted.  Military communications require protection from both.  As I mentioned about weapons, there will always be a defense against any weapon, likewise, there will always be a countermeasure to every system--therefore, there will always be a counter to every communications system.  In communications, the general counters are jamming (to prevent communication) and interception (to capture communications).  These methods may be necessary in the future for civil communication systems too--to prevent the government (or others) from jamming or intercepting.

It is very difficult and inefficient to jam on all frequencies--that is called barrage jamming.  Plus barrage jamming prevents your communications too.  The best means to jam communications is to troll for the frequencies in use (scanning) and when they are found, jam them.  One method of beating this kind of jamming is frequency hopping.  The radios are sequenced using a specific timing interval and they hop automatically from frequency to frequency.  This method can be used without an automatic system, but it has to be planned.  In other words, you instruct the receiver to change frequencies at a command or when jamming occurs.  This works, but it is only successful against unsophisticated systems.  There are other more complex tricks that can be used with radios.

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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