14 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 195 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Costs
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)
There are strategic and tactical costs. Strategic costs are related to a nation's choices for weapons and military systems. Tactical costs are related to logistics on a battlefield. What most people don't seem to realize or have not been taught is that wars are not necessarily won just by tactics or by material. Wars and battles are won primarily by logistics. If you have the best tactics in the world, but can't feed your soldiers, you will lose. If you have the most powerful weapons, but can't fuel them, you will lose.
The Germans learned that lesson in WWII. They had, by far, the best logistics, tactics, and weapons systems, but their opponents took out their supplies and soon they were unable to feed their soldiers and their people and they were unable to fuel and arm their soldiers. The Allies weapons were by far less sophisticated and less powerful, but they had a lot. The Allies tactics were old and less than effective, but they had a lot of weapons. The Allies had less than stellar logistics, but they had a lot. The Germans lost because they didn't have sufficient logistics to meet their battle requirements.
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: