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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 130 Extrapolating Military Technology, Exploration

8 December 2013, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 130 Extrapolating Military Technology, Exploration

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 primary functions of humans is curiosity and exploration--"To boldly go where no man has gone before."  This is real stuff and just because the next step in exploration is space, doesn't mean it can't be done by civilians or non-governments.  Exploration is a very critical need for technological development.  Here also, military and government surplus (if available) will be a necessary component.  The steps of extrapolation in exploration will be generally those in transportation, except, that explorers will likely take more risks with their machines and equipment.

I would really like to see a novel of hard science that looks at the near future in exploration.  That means the solar system.  If we look 10 years into the future, there will be governmental and possibly civil exploration of near space.  In 100 years, we can expect exploration of the solar system.  In 1000, years we are looking at near solar systems.  In 10,000 years, humans will be exploring and colonizing the galaxy.  The extrapolation of this exploration will be fun and exciting.  I'd like to see some new works that look at this in human terms and times.  Back to military systems.

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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