30 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 152 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet 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 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)
Interception of communications is one of the best ways to gather intel. Your enemy will spill his guts on a radio the way they won't anywhere else. That goes for phones, texts, emails, etc. Anything but face to face. For some reason, face to face, it is hard to use social conditioning or social manipulation, but through other communications, it is easy. For that reason, encrypting communications is a must in the military and likely a must in the civil world. There are just too many people (and governments) who want a piece of your action.
To protect your intel via communications, you need some method of encryption. In the old days, they used codes or obscure languages. Both simple codes and obscure languages will work in a low tech environment, but not in a high tech world. Assume at some point that computers can decipher almost any language or code. The trick then is to have codes too difficult for a computer to decipher. This is possible, but as computers get better codes also get better--and more difficult to unravel. The future will see other methods for encoding and sending jam-proof messages. I'll discuss some.
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: