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Friday, January 31, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 181 Extrapolating Military Technology, the Simulation

31 January 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 181 Extrapolating Military Technology, the Simulation

Announcement: There is action on my new novels.  The publisher renamed the series--they are still working on the name.  I provided suggestions as did one of my prepub readers. Now the individual books will be given single names: Leora, Leila, Russia, Lumiere', China, Sveta, and Klava--at least these are some of the suggestions.  They are also working on a single theme for the covers.  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 

Once you have the simulator equipment--the simulator, the problem is the simulation.  Just what do you simulate and how much?  It is possible, and in the future probable, that you can simulate everything.  All you need is computing and storage power.  The future will give us this, but right now we aren't even close.  We can simulate macro stuff, but that not too well and with very low fidelity.  If you didn't know, it is impossible to simulate the non-linear realm of almost anything.  We can simulate small parts, but not at speed.  The best we can do for non-linear aerodynamics or hydrodynamics is empirical matching.  This means you don't simulate, but you take real data from the world and apply it at the correct point in the simulation.

If we can't do non-linear anything--yet, how are we going to do flowers blowing at the side of the road with their scent and their proper motion.  What about when you pick them.  I'll admit there has been a lot of simulation done on killing things, but that isn't empirical and is just grotesque.  You might want to include that in a military simulator, but I can give you a thousand reasons why you wouldn't want to.  The way a person blows up is not important in a military simulator--it is important to dehumanizing people.  The problem is the simulation and the extrapolation of this is relatively easy.

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.

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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