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Monday, January 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 166 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Military Automation

13 January 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 166 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Military Automation

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 

The world and not just the military world is moving toward automation.  We tend to ignore the full effects and ramifications of automation.  Things become simpler and more beneficial while we unconsciously reap the benefits of that automation.  In the military automation is the same, but more consequential to the soldier.  Automation means the difference between life and death (in many cases) and certainly means more time spent in operations and less in planning.  For example, the electronic map means the pilot can use a computer to plan routes and attacks.  An electronic map doesn't require chumming (updates made by hand to a map), it doesn't require the pilot to mark a physical material, it doesn't require a lot of space, it doesn't require careful measurement.  When properly developed and used, the pilot chooses the route and marks it electronically.  All that information is passed into the vehicle's control system.  The pilot or driver simply brings the information up on the screen.

In more complex automations, the system can be updated automatically with threats, friendlies, moving positions, etc.  This type of automation can be extrapolated to almost everything.  That is, assume everything is going digital--there is where the future of automation lies.

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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