25 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 206 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo Handling Tactical 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)
Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements. The rounds (bombs etc.) have special packaging and markings. In the gunships, the aircraft are not loaded in the normal preflight area. Usually, the aircraft is checked (preflight), started, and moved to the loading area. In the loading area, the armament troops bring the ammo out to the gunship and load it. The loading area is in the weapons safety station also called "last chance." I can tell you lots of stories about last chance.
In normal fighter aircraft, the aircraft are usually loaded on the ramp by the armament troops. The fight starts up with everything pinned and ready to go. At last chance, the armament troops arm the systems. The pull the arming pins and the pylon pins. They pull the pins on the guns. They set the rockets and missiles to arm from safe.
In the gunship, all the ammo is loaded in the proper bins. Only the Gatling gun ammo is already loaded at the ramp. When the gunship is loaded, the systems are not ready to fire, but the ammo is on board. The next step is the takeoff.
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: