9 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 190 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more 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. I mentioned the ways a CES would be used and made to protect the wearer. These suits are not meant to be armored vehicles or muscular enhancement--there purpose is to act as a uniform and increase the protection of a soldier in any combat environment. The suits have heating and cooling capability. Their purpose isn't to protect from temperatures well outside the human norm, but rather to protect and provide cooling and heating under normal planetary and orbital combat.
I hope you understand that outer space is neither hot nor cold--it is a perfect insulator and usually a spacesuit needs to get rid of heat more than make heat. The CES would be great for Mars or Earth or orbital operations around Mars or Earth. It would not be good for Pluto or any of the outer planets. It wouldn't be good for Venus or Mercury. The CES is only temporary protection for combat in space.
In these other environments you will need more protection. Before I write about that. I want to get to a major capability of the CES.
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: