My Favorites

Monday, January 27, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 180 Extrapolating Military Technology, even more Simulation

27 January 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 180 Extrapolating Military Technology, even more Simulation

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 

Simulators and simulations are much more expensive than many imagine--especially simulations that play well with each other.  First, you need equipment.  For a fighter aircraft, that isn't so difficult--generally, all an aircraft has to do is fly around in the sky.  This is a relatively simple problem compared to a ground based simulation where small things like bushes, trees, rocks, vehicles, people, etc. need to be simulated.  If we simulate ground and air based vehicles, the simulator can be virtual--that is, I don't need a cockpit, I need to simulate a cockpit.  In a virtual simulation, the pilot or vehicle operator just needs to don a helmet with a display inside.  However, then you must simulate the cockpit.  It also helps to have tactile simulation.  We haven't gone very far down this path, yet. 

Simulation already looks difficult and not yet possible.  Extrapolated, it will happen.  The simulation equipment will be virtual and include, at least, visual, tactile, olfactory, and hearing.  More advanced simulators will include taste, but military training ones will not.  The second part is the simulation.  So, first the simulators and then the simulation.

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.

For more information, you can visit my author site, and my individual novel websites:

No comments:

Post a Comment