Artists are always offered rebuttal space for any review I write, but lack of a rebuttal does not mean the artist agrees with my sentiments.
I picked up Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley as part of my research into the direction of post modern writing and found a book that channels my old, dusty favorites by Nyx Smith.
Nyx Smith, if anyone still remembers this author, wrote a series of books for the Shadowrun role playing game. Unlike most Shadowrun books, which were distinctly vanilla in tone and written to a simple plot model, Smith's works were simmering extravaganzas of character, plot, violence, and betrayal that just happened to be set in the crazy enough world of Shadowrun. The novels were so good they developed a distinct crowd of haters; a no good author knows they have arrived until the haters from a faction against their very existence. The problem with the series is that with the eclipse of Shadowrun, no more will likely ever be published.
That is right! Twice in as many days I was rejected by agents. For those readers who do not realize it, rejection by agents are part of going into writing. I might have worked in television and film for years and have that system down cold, but it does not prepare you for the culture of the book agent. Here is my two tolars on the issue.
For a year before looking for my first agent I ghosted around literary chat boards, listening to the complaints about agentry. Agents, if the boards were believed, were narrow minded readers who could not write themselves but who has in the dim past gained an education in literature that they could not otherwise market. Being universally misanthropes and unable to handle human society, they are shunted into literary agencies where each week they build huge walls between the hard working writer and a steady pay check. Owing to their difficulty in human communications, writers, whom everyone knows are classical models of humanity, must learn techniques to get their message in front of these people that are similar to methods of dealing with unruly horses.
I wanted to give a shout out to a very special book, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
To understand my fascination with Bone Gap, I have to first reveal a little about myself. I am autistic and significantly lack some aspects of facial recognition that has to do with emoting. In the television and film industry, no one really cared about this, but in publishing and education it is often seen as a defining characteristic. In one discussion with a very honest agent, he said he does not represent writers who are, "Autistic, PTSD, bipolar, incarcerated, or political." I asked why not, and he gave a very honest answer, "There are to many writers out there to get bogged down with one who will take extra work just to get to the book stands."
Before anyone gets angry and demands head-on-a-pike that sort of honesty in the current world where prejudice not only is growing, but may even get you elected to office, is refreshing. Agents have a TOUGH job, and reputable agents are exactly that, reputable, although they may not always be brave. Be honest, how many of us would have published, The Satanic Verses knowing what would happen to the book in advance? Sure, it made an amazing amount of money, but one of us would put our families in danger to get this book to the world? This is just a smaller version of that.
Autism, according to Wikipedia, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. They go on to say that, "Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. These signs often develop gradually, though some children with autism reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent in early childhood, typically before age three."
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