Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 174 Extrapolating Military Technology, Advanced Vehicles

16 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 174 Extrapolating Military Technology, Advanced Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

In my Ghost Ship novels (unpublished), the culture has a form of anti-gravity, but I suppose, the cost and energy use of the anti-gravity is too great for vehicles without fusion or other nuclear reactors.  I do not extrapolate tiny reactors or even small ones.  There is potential for this, but the science is lacking.

In the world of the Ghost Ship novels, shuttles use hydrogen scavenger drives in the atmosphere and hydrogen/oxygen plus anti-gravity drives outside of it.  The shuttles can use their scavenger drives for vertical landings, but at a high cost in fuel.  For cost savings, they use long shuttle landing strips.  This is a basic extrapolation from the airports and shuttles we have today.

Now, for military vehicles, expect them to follow some degree of civilian vehicles, but with less efforts toward efficiency.  In industry and business, the cost of a mission is critical to the industry.  In the military, the cost is nothing compared to the effectivity of the mission.  Mission accomplishment is key and not efficiency while accomplishing the mission.

This is the chief difference between military vehicles and civilian vehicles.  You will see this model play out in all potential extrapolations.  A military shuttle might use vertical lift all the time (as long as fuel is not an issue)–a civilian shuttle would use vertical lift only when necessary.  You can also expect a future where much training is accomplished in simulators.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 173 Extrapolating Military Technology, mixed Ground Effect Vehicles

15 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 173 Extrapolating Military Technology, mixed Ground Effect Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

I thought of a great extrapolation for ground effect vehicles (GEVs).  One of the positive characteristics of GEVs is fuel efficiency.  They gain much greater lift compared to drag in ground effect.  This results in considerable fuel savings.  Couple that with low detectability, speed, and high potential weights and you have a very strong combination of features.  Something that would not be hard to add to GEVs is burst capability.  Burst capability could be speed and altitude based.  In other words, the GEV could be normally a GEV, but act like a regular aircraft when fuel savings wasn’t important.

Here’s how a mission might work.  A fighter type GEV formation would infiltrate an area at 400 knots and acquire the targeted facility.  At 10 NM out, the GEV formation would climb to a regular weapon delivery altitude and drop guided bombs on the facility.  The enemy launches fighters against the GEVs and the GEVs go into supersonic mode to attack the fighters.  When the GEVs return to base (RTB) they again us GEV mode to save fuel and to exfiltrate.  How’s that for a battle scenario.  The GEV is a very possible flying vehicle until the advent of anti-gravity.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 172 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Ground Effect Vehicles

14 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 172 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Ground Effect Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

I mentioned yesterday that the problem with ground effect vehicles is automation and safety.  They need systems that prevent collisions with the earth or things sticking out of the earth.  Once these two issues are solved, they will be very effective as military vehicles.  There is a question of their combat utility if they are vulnerable.  This is a question for the author to determine.  For example, helicopters are likely the most vulnerable vehicles on any battlefield, yet they are used extensively by the US government.  Many governments have given up helicopters because of their cost and vulnerability.

Ground effect vehicles will likely be the same.  Once the problems with ground effect vehicles are worked out, we ill likely see them in roles from attack fighters to cargo freighters.  I do mean freighters–ground effect vehicles have the potential to be built in sizes as large as tankers and cargo ships.  They can fly at transonic speeds (0.7 Mach, about 400 miles per hour).  They can replace large ships and helicopters.  Once the bugs are worked out, they will likely be used on the seas and on land.

By the way, if ground effect vehicles replace helicopters and some ships, this puts the Army and the Navy at odds.  The Army will likely want the GEVs as helicopter replacements and they will want large GEVs to deliver tanks etc.  The Navy will want to control the large GEVs especially those used over water.  I point this out because the tension of this type of situation should be a great part of any 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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 171 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ground Effect Vehicles

13 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 171 Extrapolating Military Technology, Ground Effect Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

Ground effect vehicles are not the same as an air cushion vehicle.  A ground effect vehicle flies in ground effect.  The closer an aircraft (at least 1/2 wing span) gets to the ground the greater the lift on the vehicle.  A ground effect vehicle is not designed to fly continuously higher than ground effect–1/2 its wing span.  Usually, they fly about 5 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters) above the ground.  The problems with ground effect vehicles is they need lots of flat ground without intermittent objects they might hit.  If they can see obstructions (electronically or otherwise), they can maneuver or jump over them.  The second problem with them is control.  Humans can’t keep a ground effect vehicle at 1 to 3 meters for extended periods of time–they require an automated control and detection system.  With the proper automatic controls a ground effect vehicle is a marvelous means for flight over water and plains.  It can also jump over areas of non-flat ground.

Ground effect vehicles have great legs especially over water and steppes/plains.  They would be great for exploration of a large flat planet.  They would not be good for mountainous or broken ground.  They can carry a lot of material.  They also produce a great wreak if their automatics fail.  A proper extrapolation would develop a means of safely bringing a large ground effect vehicle to ground under emergency conditions.  There is much more about ground effect vehicles especially in regard to low power anti-gravity systems.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 170 Extrapolating Military Technology, Air Cushion Vehicles

12 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 170 Extrapolating Military Technology, Air Cushion Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

I’m going to lump air-cushion and ground effect vehicles in the same group.  Both take advantage of aerodynamics at the surface of the earth and both have similar characteristics.  With both types of vehicles, you get high speed, any surface crossing (including water), load lifting based on the size of the vehicle, and reasonable safety with automation.  They are both hard to armor and might not make great direct combat vehicles.

An air-cushion vehicle does just as described–it rides on a cushion of air.  Ducted fans or jet engines provide the air to raise the craft above the ground and to propel it.  In potential advanced versions, the propel and cushion are all in one.  Today, most are separate.  The air-cushion vehicle has a curtain around it to hold the air in and direct it down–this is its main vulnerability–a hit on the curtain can dump airflow and cause a loss of propulsion.  Air-cushion vehicles require lots of power and large foot print to load.  They are being used right now by littoral forces for landing craft.  This makes them direct combat vehicles, but they usually aren’t armored or weaponed for offense.  They are usually used just as landing craft and their worth in combat has not really been proven well.  Unlike armored combat landing craft.  They are fast and the resilience of their propulsion system is up to debate.  With improvements, however, air-cushion vehicles have legs and likely will be around for a while–until anti-grav platforms.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 169 Extrapolating Military Technology, Tracked Vehicles

11 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 169 Extrapolating Military Technology, Tracked Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

I’m not certain how much life tracked vehicles have left in them–I suspect it is a lot.  They are relatively inexpensive and yet provide an excellent platform for very heavy vehicles.  Military vehicles will likely remain very heavy vehicles.  The cost vs. weight lifting efficiency has to beat anything else.  For tracks, this will be true for a while.  The power vs. speed and capability must also match.  I suspect, for multipurpose vehicles, we will see mech types (human and animal type propulsion using hydrocarbon engines) fill the niche of individual vehicles (bikes and motorcycles) but with real armor and weapons.  As efficiencies and turbine engines scale downward and become less expensive, that is when we will see mech types take the work from tracks.  Already track vehicles use kerosene turbine engines (jet engines), but they are large and relatively complex.  In the future we will see small and still complex but low cost turbines take the place of gasoline engines.  The future power of choice will likely be turbine engines powering an electric generator and using electromechanical and hydraulic muscles.  Turbine engines can produce great power and electromechanical or electric motors can produce high torque quickly.  The trick is to produce electricity efficiently.  The turbine can do this.

We are not far from mechs, but until we have low cost turbines and the proper electromechanical or hydraulic systems, we won’t see them.  Likely mechs will be late to the party with tracks filling the need for heavy systems for a while.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 168 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Vehicles

10 April 2014, Writing Ideas – Writing Science Fiction, part 168 Extrapolating Military Technology, more Vehicles

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 on 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–start with http://ldalford.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/daemon-installment-1-the-incantation/.

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.  At this moment, I’m showing you the creative process I used to put together the novel.

Today’s Blog:  To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select “production schedule,” you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

Here are my four rules (plus one) of 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
3.  Countermeasures
4.  Defense
5.  Communications
6.  Robots
7.  Vehicles
8.  Environments (personal equipment)
9. Costs

 

There are many ways to design a vehicle.  That is, there are many means of propulsion and power.  There are similar means of protection, defense, offense, automation, and navigation.  The trick is the extrapolation of each of these.  Since most of these are similar, let’s look at the parts that aren’t as similar, propulsion and power.

Already, we’ve discussed wheels and anti-gravity, but there are many more.  In robots, I wrote about human or biological based propulsion.  That is, propulsion that mimics animal or human gaits and movement.  This is an advanced extrapolation, but we will very soon be there.  Biological based propulsion will be a great means and likely one of the primary means of advance vehicles–there are others.

In this era, tracked vehicles are the most common military type vehicles especially for offense.  You can have tracked and half-tracked vehicles.  In addition, we have seen many semi-aircraft type vehicles.  There are ground effect vehicles and air cushion vehicles.  You might consider some technically aircraft vehicles to be ground vehicles.  Some mech vehicles have been imagined with partial or full flight capability.  I’ll look at each of these types of vehicles.  We haven’t looked at power yet.

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.

A note from one of my readers:  Speaking of which, I am awaiting for you to write a detailed installment on identifying, and targeting your audience, or audiences…ie, multi-layered story, for various audiences…like CS Lewis did. Just a thought.

I’ll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.

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