2 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 211 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Emergency Ammo Handling Operations 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. When you have any aircraft problem with live ordinance, the first step in a combat environment is to get rid of the ordinance. This is harder and easier than it sounds. It is easy to get rid of a load of ordinance--it is usually inconvenient and painful. The inconvenient and painful is that you have to have a place that the drop won't hurt the good guys, but that is convenient to the battlefield--or you just drop your load on the bad guys. The problem with that is, with a bad aircraft, getting shot at is a bad idea. Getting shot at in a good aircraft can be a bad idea, and anything in the air is a target.
In considering the costs, economics, and operations, in your writing, you should understand these issues and, when necessary, in your writing, you should use and write about them. The use and write about them is the key point. I know that many science fiction writers have no concept about how these things work. Many in the military have no idea, unless they have been involved. The point of writing is to convey the reality of the times and world. The more real your world is the more depth your writing will have. These details give great breadth to your writing.
What you do with live ordinance when you get on the ground is also important--in many cases, you can't get rid of it, so you have to bring it home.
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: