15 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 224 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Morale
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)
10. Morale (discipline)
Morale first requires a positive attitude and dedication to the work at hand. Whether the work is maintaining the equipment, feeding the troops, leading the troops, or fighting the battle, first the force must be dedicated to some goal. The force of a goal can be national exceptionalism, dedication to an idea, dedication to a person, dedication to a nation. Examples of this in history are the United States, that is dedication through national exceptionalism. National exceptionalism also drove the Greeks and Romans in creating their empires. The difference was that the Greeks and Romans developed empires based on their national exceptionalism--the United States brought instead their national exceptionalism to others.
An example of dedication to an idea was the USSR, Revolutionary France, or National Socialism (NAZI). Each of these nations powered their forces by the ideals of revolution, communism, or socialism. There isn't than much difference between socialism and communism.
Dedication to a person is to a king, queen, or dictator. The feudalistic powers of the middle ages were driven by this notion of dedication to a leader. The dedication to a nation is pure nationalism or patriotism. If you note the order of each dedication or goals. This order is intentional. The point is that national exceptionalism is more powerful than an idea, which is more powerful than dedication to a person, which is more powerful than dedication to a nation.
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: