30 March 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 239 Extrapolating the Future
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.
What will the future look like and how can a science fiction writer extrapolate the future. I've spent 239 days explaining these ideas. I'll give it one last recap day to conclude, but I'll spend today going over the point of this whole exercise.
I want to help current and future science fiction writers from producing science fiction that is patently absurd or not based in science (or both). I made the point that it is impossible to write science fiction without science, and further, to write science fiction, you must be able to extrapolate technology. Technology is the practical use of science. It is what your characters in a science fiction universe will use for day to day actions and operations. The development of this technology must come from the mind of the author through the extrapolation of science into usable technology and then produced in the writing as usable devices. The example I gave from my own writing was the ebook which I wrote about in 1984 in a book which was eventually published in 2008.
If you want to write science fiction, you must understand and be able to explain science. It does no good to try to write science fiction if you don't understand science and you can't explain science to others. My ultimate purpose was to show you how to develop a science fiction theme and turn it into a plot. I tried to give you many pointers in this direction.
For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites: