11 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 192 Extrapolating Military Technology, Protection and Combat Environment Suits
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 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)
I developed the Combat Environment Suit (CES) as an extrapolation of uniform technology for my Ghost Ship novels. A CES is effective in normal human environments for protection from the environment. It gives limited protection from space. In very hot environments or very cold environments, the wearer will need more protection. The point is then to move to into a vehicle for protection and mobility.
The CES is a uniform. The uniform provides basic combat functions for the wearer, but eventually, the wearer will need to get into a vehicle or operate a piece of military equipment. In my extrapolation, the CES interfaces with many vehicles, weapons, and systems. In the military, the CES is near universal. In the civil world, the CES isn't universal and is usually demodified or decoded to prevent it from being universal. Alas, I can't imagine a military that doesn't want to retain powers greater than the civil populace.
I didn't write a lot about the interfaces of the CES in my novels. I did write about the use of the CES operationally and with other equipment. I didn't write much about CES and vehicles or augmentation. I know this is the proper and reasonable extrapolation of the use of the CES. You can imagine the types of support operations in a Pluto-like or a Mercury-like environment will require.
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: