29 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 238 Future Nations
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.
So, I don't think we can count on the USA producing another real space program any time soon. It is in an exploratory death spiral and will likely not pull out without some great changes. Europe isn't heading that direction either. Russia doesn't have the prerequisite wealth, freedom, or desire. China has some possibility, but without wealth in the hands of the people, freedom, or a strong desire, it doesn't have the capability to succeed in space.
A nation that will move into space will look like the USA during the time before Johnson. Before it started to transfer money from the productive to the unproductive. It will be willing to spend large amounts of money on exploration and technology. It will work with business without regulating to prevent space flight or space operations. It will allow the use of surplus and military technology and systems. Such a nation is not the USA today nor is it Russia or China. The question isn't what such a nation will look like, but what nation on the globe today can act in such a capacity--perhaps the only hope is writing science fiction and not actual expectation of a future in space.
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: