23 January 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 176 Extrapolating Military Technology, Training
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)
There is much more we can write about extrapolating vehicles and we will get to it, but I thought it might be a good time to write about training. I've written a lot about military training both current and future in my novels. Many unfortunately are not published--yet. Centurion will give you the basics of training Legionnaires during the first century, but that isn't much help with current or future training--or is it. If you remember, I wrote that to extrapolate you need to go backwards in time to understand technology and inventions. If you look at the training of a Legionnaire in Centurion and current training, you can extrapolate future military training.
One of the most important ideas in future training is simulations. How far can and will simulations go? I suspect we will see full world simulators eventually used for most military training. What I mean by that is the trainee will don a full body suit or sim-chamber with a full simulation helmet. The suit or chamber will give every feeling possible from heat to cold to injury. The helmet will allow the trainee to experience every environment and situation. The suit will allow the trainee to feel the weapons and everything else in the environment. Eventually, nerve induction rather than a suit or chamber will be used. Can you imagine the situation of such training. Not everything in the environment will be programmed to the same degree. You might be able to pick up a rock but not a pebble. You might be able to touch a chair or a wall, but not a plant on the side of the road.
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: