In the movie, Sally Yates would be the perfect lead. I hear she is recently unemployed.
My post is about Sue Hollister Barr’s new sci-fi novella, Rococo, which is a tale I adore. I would not be spoiling any plot points to divulge that Rococo’s fierce, female protagonist, Nan, while in no way connected with politics, #nevertheless resists authority, bucks norms, crosses paths with aliens, and is pretty handy with a <okay, that would be a spoiler>.
Rococo, is a well-crafted tale of a future that is closer than you think. Packed with effortless and irresistible social commentary, it’s the first sci-fi novella from conventionally published novelist Sue Hollister Barr, or “Holly” as her friends call her. In her story it’s early in the 22nd century and…oh surprise!…future tech just means the same corrupt corporations that currently do all possible to separate you from your money have new tools of their trade. Dark humor peppers this literate-but-fun-and-fast-reading novella, which includes lively action, compelling characters, and as many plot flourishes as the name suggests. But it’s based on research by companies paid a lot to predict the future for those same major corporations whose mission it is…with as little trouble and expense for themselves as possible…to ravish your bank account.
Holly’s Trump-esque utopia (read: dystopia) is packed with ostentatious glitz, faulty tech, consumerism, excess, thrills, chills and a space ship. Protagonist Nan is an accessible badass whose ad-saturated, self-improved, magenta-hued, Rococo-themed culture can kiss her ass. But Holly is not big on “message driven” fiction, which she considers “icky.” Her story has grown far beyond her original inspiration, a spoof on self-help books.
Asked about her social commentary, she explains “I guess it’s how I think. It could be argued that I’m a cynic but, like most cynics, I’m a romantic underneath.” She’d like to think of Rococo as “a tale of one American woman’s independence, which supports our legendary rugged individualism, and can help remind us all – even me! – of who we really are as people.”
Sue Hollister Barr’s writing is adult, a touch raunchy/bohemian, and full of the eclectic mix of sentiment and dark humor that best expresses her own personality. Her first publishing credits included The New York Times and Twisted, her conventionally published horror novel that’s still selling in both its original trade-publication version and her 2015 new author’s edition. Both are available on Amazon and other locations both online and in brick-and-mortar bookstores. She was senior editor for a literary agency for ten years, has taught creative writing (with the blessings of state certification to do so), and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
I had the pleasure of reading Rococo pre-publication, but in today’s political climate, I’m ripe for a second round of relevant escapism. Other readers evidently agree, as the book is doing well. Holly was delighted to see Rococo consistently show up first in Amazon searches throughout the highly competitive holiday season. She is “humbly gratified” by all the sales and favorable reviews. The story has also been suggested for a Nebula, the awards that are voted on and presented by the SFWA. Rococo is on the reading list for those who have the power to vote.
Holly’s always got her own fierce eye on the ball, and regarding Rococo, she concedes: “Truthfully there’s been a rather big, post-holiday drop in sales.”
We won’t stand for it! Log on to Amazon and order your copy. In between your calls to congress, devour a part of Rococo to recharge. The paperback is available in number of places, including Barnes & Noble. But disinclined to separate you from your money, Holly stresses that your best bargain is the Kindle version for 99 cents. Power to the people!