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Friday, February 28, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 209 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Ammo Handling Operations Tactical Costs

28 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 209 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  Problems with ordnance are many.  It's just like a round in a gun.  A rocket can be a squib.  A bullet can fail to fire properly.  A mechanism can fail.  Fuses can fail.  Launchers and drop systems can fail.  I haven't experienced them all.  I'm trained for them and so must your forces.  In warfare, you see malfunctions.  They don't happen very often, but they happen.  They can be a plot point or a turning point, but don't have more than one--unless the plot is about failed munitions.  Or a plot point could be a failed munitions, fuses, rocket motors.  Don't have more than one--unless the plot point is about sabotage. 

In other words, weapons can fail, but they don't often fail--unless they are sabotaged or they have some kind of defect.  These are great plot points or themes for writing in science fiction or military fiction.  We'll look next at what you do when you have a weapons malfunction.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 208 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Ammo Handling Operations Tactical Costs

27 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 208 Extrapolating Military Technology, more 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  A great plot device for tactical operations are those with live ordnance and malfunctions.  You can have both regular aircraft (or vehicle) malfunctions or ordnance malfunctions.  I've had both.  Whenever you bring back live stuff that hasn't been expended, you have a problem.  The Navy usually dumps unused live ordnance.  This can be done safely because of the fusing on the weapons. 

Weapons don't go boom unless they are armed.  In an aircraft, the pilot controls the fusing of the weapon through preflight settings and through the employment software (or hardware).  In the good old days, the pilot would simply select the fusing (nose, tail, or none).  This allowed many tactical options including dropping the bomb in  a state where it would not explode--or shouldn't.

I've have a few weapon malfunctions on regular aircraft and some on test aircraft.  The most memorable in a fully tested aircraft was when the rockets came about halfway out on the ground prior to takeoff.  They hadn't been locked properly in the launcher.  From then on, I check the seating of the rockets.  Sometimes it is hard to tell.  Other than that, I've had a flight control malfunction on the ground prior to takeoff with rockets.  I've also had a hydraulic leak--that was fun--with rockets on board.  Lots can go wrong with weapons.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 207 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo Handling Operations Tactical Costs

26 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 207 Extrapolating Military Technology, 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  Tactical operations with live ammo on board are as controlled as the ground operations.  Any time you are carrying live stuff, you are a potential danger to yourself and others.  Just imagine carrying a loaded weapon.  In the military, the troops who are responsible for these operations are cautious to prevent friendly and collateral damage. 

The danger of carrying live weapons is greater than unarmed operations.  The danger in indiscriminate use if even higher.  In the military, there is always either a FCO (Fire Control Officer) or a FAC (Forward Air Controller) who gives the final permission to fire (drop) weapons.  The ultimate authority with troops in contact is the ground commander.  The ultimate authority when troops are not in contact is the AOO (Air Operations Officer).  Aircraft can't just drop weapons or engage targets without the proper authority. 

Aircraft and ground forces always work to an ROE (Rules of Engagement).  These are applicable to peace time and to war time.  the purpose is to protect crews and people on the ground.  Operations are handled with great care, and we haven't touched on emergency procedures and weapons problems.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 206 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo Handling Tactical Costs

25 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 206 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo Handling 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  The rounds (bombs etc.) have special packaging and markings.  In the gunships, the aircraft are not loaded in the normal preflight area.  Usually, the aircraft is checked (preflight), started, and moved to the loading area.  In the loading area, the armament troops bring the ammo out to the gunship and load it.  The loading area is in the weapons safety station also called "last chance." I can tell you lots of stories about last chance. 

In normal fighter aircraft, the aircraft are usually loaded on the ramp by the armament troops.  The fight starts up with everything pinned and ready to go.  At last chance, the armament troops arm the systems.  The pull the arming pins and the pylon pins.  They pull the pins on the guns.  They set the rockets and missiles to arm from safe.

In the gunship, all the ammo is loaded in the proper bins.  Only the Gatling gun ammo is already loaded at the ramp.  When the gunship is loaded, the systems are not ready to fire, but the ammo is on board.  The next step is the takeoff.    

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 205 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Ammo Tactical Costs

24 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 205 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Ammo 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  You might imagine the safety process that the production of ammo must go through.  That in itself is worth contemplating.  The real point where the military and most units get involved is transportation and packaging.  The packaging must be exact or the weaponeers and logisticians will reject it.  An improperly packaged weapon is more than dangerous--it is deadly.  An improperly made round is likewise dangerous. 

The rounds are packaged and marked very specifically.  The rounds (and bombs) themselves are marked.  In the US military, if a round has a green stripe, it is a live operational round (or bomb).  A practice or non-live round has a blue stripe around it.  This is true of all operational rounds, bombs, missiles, and rockets.  The reason for a blue stripe is to tell fire fighters and rescuers whether to fight the fire or rescue the crew.  If there is a blue stripe, rescue forces know the round is safe and will rescue the crew and fight the fire.  If the round is green, they evacuate and wait for the rounds to cook off--or on ship board, they push the aircraft into the drink.

The markings and packaging of the rounds is critical to the way they are treated and the safety of the crew.    

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 204 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo Tactical Costs

23 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 204 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ammo 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  One major type of support is ammo.  Ammo, like fuel has got to get to the front line troops.  The question is how will it get there.  I know in movies and many books, this is magic.  The ammo is magically there in the vehicle for the soldiers to use--or better, there is no discussion at all about ammo.  The soldiers just fire their photon torpedoes.  I don't think so.  If you know anything about the military and moving bombs, bullets, and other types of ammo around, you know all this is a big deal.

Let me explain it to you a little.  I have been in the military aircraft on target community for a long time--over 20 years.  Although, I've flown and fly aircraft that drop bombs and fire missiles and rockets, the AC-130 gunship is the most indicative of weapons safety and care.

When you are going to fire the weapons on a gunship, you go through a very complex ritual that starts with production, packaging, transportation, and storage.  

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 203 Extrapolating Military Technology, even more Replacement Tactical Costs

22 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 203 Extrapolating Military Technology, even more Replacement 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  So, for every vehicle class you have in your future battlefield, you will need a recovery vehicle.  You will need a resupply vehicle.  You will need transport vehicles.  Usually, you will need strategic and tactical resupply and transport vehicles.  This increases the complexity and depth of your military development. 

Imagine, in a Mecha world, the type of vehicle you will need to recover mechs.  I suspect they would be a very high power, heavy mech, but with limited firepower. Talk about a plot device.  In general, tactical and strategic costs mean most of the vehicles and troops around the battlefield are not armed as well as the front line troops.  Those in the front line may not be supplied as well as those who are committing the attacks.  In other words, the tactical commander has a great deal to say about who gets the peak of supply.  Those who don't, don't usually have the firepower (through supply) to commit to an offensive attack of any kind--they don't have enough fuel or ammo.  They may not have enough of the other stuff too. 

In a battlefield, the commander says which units get priority for replacement parts and repair.  It usually is the crack front line groups.  The ones the commander can depend on for battle wins.  This doesn't mean the commander ignores the other units, but that the best trained, best led, and best equipped are his ace in the hole.  They are the ones that usually get the full support of supply.   

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, February 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 202 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Replacement Tactical Costs

21 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 202 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Replacement 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  You can imagine the extrapolation of replacements and parts the future.  Every vehicle and weapon system will require so type of recovery capability and repair.  There will need to be a way to bring new vehicles, parts, repair capability, and new troops to the front. 

Imagine your battlefield.  You will need to get the replacements to the area and then tactically deploy them.  In the case of space or a planet, you will need a spaceship to take the replacements to a space port and then some way to get them from orbit to a planetary space port.  From the port, you will need to move them to the back lines and finally to the front.  Each of these require a transition, a method, and a movement.  I mention this because I like to use these transitions to forward ideas in the novel. 

Moving your troops to the front line doesn't have to be a single paragraph and shouldn't be a single sentence.  This is a writing technique, but a very worthwhile one.  The major events in the life of a soldier are usually not training, battles, and glory.  The major events in the life of a soldier is the travel to the battlefield, the movement in the battlefield, and the movement in response to the battle.  Yeah, the battle is pretty important, but if you read most autobiographies of soldiers, you will find they focus on the movement part and not just the battle.  The battles are usually a small part of the whole.  Getting there is half the journey and an important part of an author's tools.  

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 201 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Replacement Tactical Costs

20 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 201 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Replacement 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  Most novels focus on the battlefield and offensive or defensive operations.  That is usually less than 50% of a fighting force.  Although all the troops are trained to fight, there is always a large logistics component whose job is to deliver food, fuel, ammo, and replacements.  Many times they are the human replacements--most of the time, in the modern military, their jobs and training make them more important than the fighters. 

That's the way with many military jobs.  The recovery forces are always better trained than the fighters in an armored unit.  Recovery forces have specialty tanks that allow them to tow and move other tanks.  Usually, a recovery company or platoon has special tanks that can tow other tanks as well as tanks that can protect themselves and their replacement resources. 

A recovery group usually has spare parts and tools that allow them to work on tanks and other armored vehicles.  There commander is almost always trained in the tanks and vehicle repair and overhaul.  Recovery forces are a critical part of battlefield operations.  The reason for this is that most tank "kills" are mobility kills and the tank can be brought back into the field with minimal effort.  These groups might be a good topic for a novel.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 200 Extrapolating Military Technology, Replacement Tactical Costs

19 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 200 Extrapolating Military Technology, Replacement 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, food, and replacements.  Fuel is a critical need it battle and related directly to the type of power plants in the equipment.  Of similar criticality is the power plants themselves.  I noted this when I discussed the issue with the German jet fighters and bombers.  Equipment in the military and in wartime is of limited life.  You don't want to throw the stuff away, you want to be able to keep it at peak.  It really helps to have a strong engineering knowledge if you intend to delve into this level of extrapolation.  I think it has strong theme and plot ramifications. 

Examples today is the life of the US military's F-100 engine.  The same for any jet or other engine.  An improvement in the engine or the development of a new power plant with a 100% longer life at peak capability would significantly improve the capability to fight.  This is true of most critical technology.  What I mean by critical technology is the technology that makes a military capability possible.  For example, the stealth coatings or design of an aircraft, the engine, the fuel, the weapons, the electronics, the ammo.  These are critical.  Other parts of the system (vehicle or aircraft) might be necessary to operations (critical tactically), but less critical strategically.

Replacement parts and the ability to get them to the field and install/change them are part of the tactical costs. 

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 199 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Fuel Tactical Costs

18 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 199 Extrapolating Military Technology, yet more Fuel 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, food, and replacements.  I will discuss replacements, but let's still focus on fuel.  Fuel in tactical (and strategic) warfare is always a critical issue.  The question should always be, where is it coming from and when.  The when is as important because all the fuel in the world that doesn't arrive on time is worthless. 

In my novels, The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox, you can read about fuel in warfare.  Fueling becomes an issue in tactics in space warfare.  Spaceships have to be fueled.  In the universe of The Dragon and the Fox, the fuel is hydrogen and other elements.  Most warships in that universe are equipped with scoops to allow refueling from gas giants.  There is all kinds of free fuel in the atmosphere of gas giants.  Likewise, many of the shuttles use gas scavenge engines for propulsion.  The refuel themselves by burning the atmospheric gases during reentry and during their climb out of the atmosphere.  Pretty neat ideas--because fuel is precious and critical to any operation--especially in space where you can't expect to find a gas station on every planet or solar system.

The point is this, when you write about vehicles in your science fiction universe, you need to tell us what fuels them, where it comes from, and when they can get it.  I used classical means from fuel in spaceships and extrapolated it to the other vehicles.  That's one of the ways you get to the point.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 198 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Fuel Tactical Costs

17 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 198 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Fuel 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, food, and replacements.  Let's take a slight foray on fuel and engines.  The Germans finally got the concept of fuel for aircraft correct at the end of WWII.  They did by developing a kerosene based fighter and bomber using jet propulsion.  This would have saved them millions of gallons of gasoline if they had started at the beginning of the war. 

Piston powered aircraft--especially turbo charged, high performance ones, like the war planes in WWII require high octane gasoline.  Gasoline is the highest level of refinement for oil.  It is also the most costly.  Kerosene is a much lower refinement.  Kerosene has more energy (BTUs) per gallon.  Kerosene is not explosive.  Kerosene does not evaporate as much as gasoline.  In almost every way, kerosene is a better, cheaper, more stable fuel.  Plus, as I mentioned, kerosene engines can usually run gasoline, where gasoline engines can't run kerosene. 

The German idea was fundamental--they didn't really design an aircraft for the purpose of running on kerosene--they designed an aircraft to have a better TBO (Time Before Overhaul).  The TBO for most piston fighter engines in WWII was 10 hours--the Germans were aiming for 100 hours TBO.  They achieved 20 hours TBO on the Jumo jet engines.  This was an improvement of 100%.  The fuel would have been a feather in their cap.  The TBO was genius. 

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 197 Extrapolating Military Technology, Fuel Tactical Costs

16 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 197 Extrapolating Military Technology, Fuel 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Tactical costs are food, fuel, food, and replacements.  These are critical to operating in the field.  An army must be able to get these from a depot to the troops, store them, and use them.  This is more difficult than you might imagine.  Fuel is subject to evaporation.  This was the greatest problem for Rommel and Montgomery in North Africa.  Rommel, the sly devil, discovered that British fuel cans were very superior to German fuel cans simply due to lack of spillage and evaporation.  He saved as much as 40% fuel by recycling the British cans.  That was good because the Brits left thousands in the desert. 

There is a lesson in tactics and logistics--don't leave materiel that your enemy can profit with.  Unluckily, this example was one of the few times the Germans could take advantage of the enemies logistics.  In general, the way Western powers approach logistics is nearly the same.  Develop fuel, etc. based on technology and not on your enemy.  The Russians had a better idea.  They couldn't take total advantage of it, but they had a great idea.  Use diesel.  Kerosene based fuels will not run a high octane vehicle (gasoline).  On the other hand, gasoline will run in a kerosene vehicle.  The best means to take advantage of this is with turbine engines.  The Germans finally got the right idea with their jet aircraft.  No one really took advantage of kerosene for ground based vehicles.  In your writing, you might have your troops use this method of logistics to thwart their enemies and supply their allies.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 196 Extrapolating Military Technology, Tactical Costs

15 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 196 Extrapolating Military Technology, 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

When we discuss warfare and cost (economics), most people think about strategic costs--what it takes a nation to build to support an army.  In reality, you might have the most technological superior weapons (the Germans in WWII did) and still lose.  Tactical economics have a greater role to play in the costs of warfare.  Generally, in warfare, a force requires fuel, ammunition, food, and replacements (human and equipment).  If any of these are missing, the battle will not go well. 

Most of these are pre-battle requirements.  For example, before I begin to fight, I will need sufficient fuel, ammo, food, and replacements.  Each of these will be provided by the logistics system prior to the battle in question.  If I am missing or in sufficient lack of any of these, a good commander might postpone the battle.  On the other hand, all of these might be in supply, but not able to get into the battlefield.  A logistics system's purpose is to get these critical supplies to the proper place.  The Germans in WWII had a fantastic logistic system.  There problem was insufficient supplies (especially at the end).  The Russians had very sufficient supplies (at the end of the war), but a poor logistics system.  Their troops existed on German supplies, fuel, weapons, and ammo.

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 195 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Costs

14 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 195 Extrapolating Military Technology, more 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

There are strategic and tactical costs.  Strategic costs are related to a nation's choices for weapons and military systems.  Tactical costs are related to logistics on a battlefield.  What most people don't seem to realize or have not been taught is that wars are not necessarily won just by tactics or by material.  Wars and battles are won primarily by logistics.  If you have the best tactics in the world, but can't feed your soldiers, you will lose.  If you have the most powerful weapons, but can't fuel them, you will lose. 

The Germans learned that lesson in WWII.  They had, by far, the best logistics, tactics, and weapons systems, but their opponents took out their supplies and soon they were unable to feed their soldiers and their people and they were unable to fuel and arm their soldiers.  The Allies weapons were by far less sophisticated and less powerful, but they had a lot.  The Allies tactics were old and less than effective, but they had a lot of weapons.  The Allies had less than stellar logistics, but they had a lot.  The Germans lost because they didn't have sufficient logistics to meet their battle requirements. 

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 194 Extrapolating Military Technology, Costs

13 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 194 Extrapolating Military Technology, 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

Cost drives everything.  What astounds me is how little many people understand this.  There is a cost for every piece of technology, and a cost for every invention.  There are human costs in warfare, and human costs in no warfare.  There are costs for peace and costs for no peace.  There are costs for equipment and costs for weapons and costs for ammunition.  Armies, nations, individuals are driven by these costs. 

Any decision has a cost.  In a suspense novel, there is always a cost to murder.  There is the loss of a human life, but there is also the force driving the murderer.  Murderers are almost always driven by a great force, because they usually kill the ones they know.  You don't kill your friends or your relations without a huge human cost.  Those who kill strangers for no reason are not really human.  They are simply animals that look human.  Humans realize the cost of life.  That is why they sacrifice (literally) to eat meat in the ancient world.  It is why humans respect their prey.  It is why almost every human code of law restricts murder in every way.

Costs from a military perspective are usually less emotion driven than those from a personal basis. 

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 193 Extrapolating Military Technology, Interpolation and Combat Environment Suits

12 February 2014, Writing Ideas - Writing Science Fiction, part 193 Extrapolating Military Technology, Interpolation and 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.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

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:
1.  Software
2.  Weapons
     Heavy Weapons
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9.  Costs 

I developed the Combat Environment Suit (CES) as an extrapolation of uniform technology for my Ghost Ship novels.  Now that we have defined a peak extrapolation, you should be able to interpolate from that point.  I put the CES as a 10,000 year extrapolation.  The 10, 100, and 1,000 year extrapolations should be relatively simple. 

Certainly, a 10 and a 100 year extrapolation wouldn't have some of the advanced characteristics of the CES.  The 1,000 year extrapolation would likely not have some of the electronic refinements.  The simpler editions of the CES would reduce the refinements.  In a science fiction novel that covers 10 plus years, the author might show some of the advances of the CES.  For example, a refinement of the camo display system that reduces the jitter or a new camo frequency.  Remember, changes are usually small and incremental--they are rarely earth-shattering and large. 

If interpolation is too difficult, go for extrapolation of current uniforms--just realize, the extrapolations will have to follow reasonable science.  For instance, chemical protection (along with space protection) will likely require tightly fitting suits.  The reason is that when you go from absorption to shedding as a protective measure, you need less (as little as possible) surface area.  Unless the uniform itself takes on certain capabilities, there is little purpose in improvements.  You might have a military with a uniform, like current ones, with limited capability and add-ons both under and over.  A cold weather overcoat or coverall.  A hot weather underwear that cools.  Armor and a gunbelt etc.  These are retrograde to the way the military seems to be going, but all retrogrades will exist along side the high tech.  The low tech will (or may) have problems as long as the equipment is reliable.  There is a great science fiction theme--the country that has high tech, but low reliability equipment fighting the low tech, but highly reliable revolutionaries.  Maybe that's an old theme. 

More tomorrow.

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:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com