5 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 127 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Military Surplus
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)
If you noted, technology transfer goes from the wealthy to the middle class. You need the wealthy to initially purchase technology. Without the wealthy, technology won't get to the marketplace, and will never be inexpensive enough for the middle class. Eventually, the technology of the middle class gets to the very poor.
Now, what about military technology and government technology in general? Just as normal technology must have a means to marketability, military and government developed technology must have a means to marketability. The normal means is through surplus. Now, military and government surplus doesn't usually have long marketability, but it makes possible certain transitions. For example, following World War II, the influx of transport and bomber aircraft produced an entire industry over night. That industry was air transportation. The bombers and transports were not as efficient or effective as civil models, but they allowed training, development and led the path to a complete commercial industry.
There are countless other examples. Another simple one is the M-1. This Carbine was the most successful allied weapon of World War II. Its design led to many other weapons, and it armed hunters and provided self-protection for thousands.
What happens if military and government technology doesn't get passed into the civilian population?
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: