Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Most Recent Posts

  • SPSFC Submissions
    The first annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition is about to begin! On July 1st, at noon EST (9am PST), author applications will open. Have your files ready (an .epub or .mobi file and your cover art). You’ll need to answer a questionnaire so we know a little bit about you and your work, and you’ll have to make sure your book qualifies (word count, content guidelines, correct genre). Over the course of the next eleven months, the first 300 novels entered will be whittled down to ten finalists and one…
  • Human Nature
    For the last month or so, Rebecca Ferguson and I have been discussing the character of Juliette Nichols as she prepares to portray Jules for the upcoming TV show. One of our recent emails descended into a philosophical discussion, which I thought readers might find interesting. With Rebecca’s permission, and picking up halfway through the email, I share it with you all here: The philosophical underpinnings of the novel WOOL goes back to an age-old question about human nature. There are two broad views about our goodness or lack thereof.…
  • The SPSFC Trophy!
    The first annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) is just around the corner! We are locking down our bloggers and judges now, so get your applications in if you’re interested. Read here for more details. Authors will be able to upload their novels on July 1st. We will be blogging about that on the days leading up to the submission time, so you know where to go and what to do. What do we win? I’m glad you asked! Let’s see what’s in this box, shall we?
  • The WOOL TV show
    Well, the news is out. In fact, the news seems to be everywhere (Variety, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, Tor, Collider). Which means I can finally talk about it. WOOL is coming to Apple TV in partnership with AMC. I’ve written about the origin of the WOOL novels in the past, so I won’t bore you with that. But the road to adapting the trilogy for the screen has been just as wild and twisty. It started back when I was still working in a bookstore, watching my sales take off, and…
  • A Question of Voice
    What stories are we allowed to tell? Can authors create any kind of protagonist? Or do their main characters need to look just like them? Over the years, I’ve written a lot of books with female protagonists. I’ve written a book that features a gay man. I’ve written from the perspective of aliens, robots, zombies, minorities, the young and the old. Am I allowed to get away with this? My last published series of stories were told from the perspective of a black mother, a black man, and a young…

Silo

Humanity clings to survival in the Silo, a subterranean city extending one hundred forty-four stories beneath the surface. The series initially follows the character of Holston, the sheriff of the Silo, with subsequent volumes focusing on the characters of Juliette, Jahns, and Marnes. An ongoing storyline of the series is the focus on the mystery behind the Silo and the secrets it holds.

Popular Posts

  • El Dorado and the Meaning of Life
    What would happen if all the agnostics, skeptics, and atheists out there were open and vocal about their secular lives? Would would happen if the vast majority of people admitted that their sense of morality came from internal and communal reasoning rather than from a religious text? My best guess is that we’d recognize the United States as not very different from parts of the Middle East. A religious war would break out. We saw what people did to America’s #1 sport just because players wouldn’t kneel to a flag…
  • Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer
    I started writing my first novel when I was twelve years old. I was thirty-three when I completed my first rough draft. That’s twenty years of wanting to do something and not knowing how. Twenty years of failure and frustrations and giving up. A big part of the problem is that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know which questions to ask, much less who might have the answers. These days, people write to me as if I know what I’m doing. Or like I have a…
  • The Five Tibetans
    They are known as the Five Tibetan Rites, a handful of simple exercises that can be performed in less than ten minutes. How old the rites are and where they originated is up for debate. Some say they are over 2,000 years old. What is beyond doubt is their efficacy. If you do these every day, you will see results in a week. You will see profound differences in a month. Practitioners claim that these exercises will keep you young, and I’m a believer. They fixed a nagging shoulder injury, and my back has…
  • MASSIVE SPOILERS!
      We had a Q&A session at a Boston event last weekend, and a reader wanted to know if they could ask questions about DUST. Most of the audience had only read WOOL, so I suggested we do something online at a later date. And then yesterday, I received an email from a reader with a load of questions, and after firing off my responses, I thought they would make a good launching point to really dive into the trilogy. I have blogged about this before, but I should say…
  • My Advice to Aspiring Authors
    Yes, that’s an ambitious title for a blog post. It might even be seen as egotistical (it feels egotistical to me). But I recently did an anniversary AMA on Reddit, and this question came up over and over again: “What advice would you give an author just starting out?” It was too big of a question to answer during the AMA (over 700 comments!), so I promised a blog post. I’ll start by knocking the ego right out of the lungs of this thing and say that what works for…

The Bern Saga

When Molly gets kicked out of the Naval Academy, a dull future seems to await, until a marvelous discovery changes everything. A tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can’t do certain things — and then does them anyway.

Writing Resources

  • SPSFC Submissions
    The first annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition is about to begin! On July 1st, at noon EST (9am PST), author applications will open. Have your files ready (an .epub or .mobi file and your cover art). You’ll need to answer a questionnaire so we know a little bit about you and your work, and you’ll have to make sure your book qualifies (word count, content guidelines, correct genre). Over the course of the next eleven months, the first 300 novels entered will be whittled down to ten finalists and one…
  • Human Nature
    For the last month or so, Rebecca Ferguson and I have been discussing the character of Juliette Nichols as she prepares to portray Jules for the upcoming TV show. One of our recent emails descended into a philosophical discussion, which I thought readers might find interesting. With Rebecca’s permission, and picking up halfway through the email, I share it with you all here: The philosophical underpinnings of the novel WOOL goes back to an age-old question about human nature. There are two broad views about our goodness or lack thereof.…
  • The SPSFC Trophy!
    The first annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) is just around the corner! We are locking down our bloggers and judges now, so get your applications in if you’re interested. Read here for more details. Authors will be able to upload their novels on July 1st. We will be blogging about that on the days leading up to the submission time, so you know where to go and what to do. What do we win? I’m glad you asked! Let’s see what’s in this box, shall we?
  • The WOOL TV show
    Well, the news is out. In fact, the news seems to be everywhere (Variety, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, Tor, Collider). Which means I can finally talk about it. WOOL is coming to Apple TV in partnership with AMC. I’ve written about the origin of the WOOL novels in the past, so I won’t bore you with that. But the road to adapting the trilogy for the screen has been just as wild and twisty. It started back when I was still working in a bookstore, watching my sales take off, and…
  • A Question of Voice
    What stories are we allowed to tell? Can authors create any kind of protagonist? Or do their main characters need to look just like them? Over the years, I’ve written a lot of books with female protagonists. I’ve written a book that features a gay man. I’ve written from the perspective of aliens, robots, zombies, minorities, the young and the old. Am I allowed to get away with this? My last published series of stories were told from the perspective of a black mother, a black man, and a young…

Wayfinding

Wayfinding is the ancient seafaring art of navigating according to the natural signs. As a self-help philosophy, Wayfinding means being aware of our environment and our responses to outside stimuli. It also means learning about the environment for which we evolved, and how it differs from the environment in which we live. Wayfinding is not a destination. It is a neverending journey. It doesn’t have to be yours; it is simply a description of the path that I am on, with all my bumbling and lack of expertise on full display.

I’m the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can’t do certain things — and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified as science fiction, since they often take place in the future, but if you love great stories and memorable characters, you’ll dig what you find here. I promise.