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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 168 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Vehicles

15 January 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 168 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Vehicles

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 

There are many ways to make a vehicle.  That is there are many means of propulsion and power.  There are similar means of protection, defense, offense, automation, and navigation.  The trick is the extrapolation of each of these.  Since most of these are similar, let's look at the parts that aren't as similar, propulsion and power. 

Already, we've discussed wheels and anti-gravity, but there are many more.  In robots, I wrote about human or biological based propulsion.  That is, propulsion that mimics animal or human gaits and movement.  This is an advanced extrapolation, but we will very soon be there.  Biological based propulsion will be a great means and likely one of the primary means of advance vehicles--there are others. 

In this era, tracked vehicles are the most common military type vehicles especially for offense.  You can have tracked and half-tracked vehicles.  In addition, we have seen many semi-aircraft type vehicles.  There are ground effect vehicles and air cushion vehicles.  You might consider some technically aircraft vehicles to be vehicles.  Some mech vehicles have been imagined with partial or full flight capability.  I'll look at each of these types of vehicles.  We haven't looked at power yet.

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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