Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

Most Recent Posts

  • My Publishing Values
    Value listing is one of the more important thought exercises I’ve discovered over the years. I was introduced to this by a friend, and my first attempt was to list my top 10 overall values in the world. This sounds easy enough, but you have to do it in order. So what goes higher on that list, family or friends? Where do you rank truth and honesty, without which most of the other things we value can’t exist or be trusted? Does science make the list of things we value,…
  • WOOL Boxset Giveaway Winners (and more!)
    Announcing the winners of the Great WOOL Boxset Giveaway: And I’ll be updating this post after the video with details about the surprise announcement… …which is that: We’re doing it again! The response to this giveaway was overwhelming. After I saw the comments pour in, I asked if we could do another 10 boxsets, and HMH was more than keen. Instead of choosing from the original post, we’re gonna reward those of you who stuck with us for the sequel, so comment below for a chance to win. Congratulations to…
  • Ultimate WOOL Unboxing and Giveaway!
    This is the most excited I’ve been about a blog post in ages. Why? Because this one is all about you, dear reader. And it’s about getting you some FREE SWAG. Okay, not swag. That’s underselling it. Swag would be like a t-shirt or a tote bag or a ballpoint pen that leaks and ruins a nice shirt. How about instead we give away these puppies! What you are looking here is the Ultimate WOOL Boxset! Inside the custom wrap, you’ll find the original trilogy (with a new essay in…
  • The Price of Freedom
    We were sitting on a friend’s porch, looking out over the ocean. The fence that holds back the dunes had an American flag affixed to it, held straight by a sea breeze. If asked what that flag meant, a thousand strangers would no doubt list some words in common. My guess is that “Freedom” would rank near the top, joined there by its synonym, Liberty. Freedom is outright worshipped in the United States. It is craved everywhere, of course, but usually without thinking long on what that worship means. We…
  • Ten Years of WOOL
    It’s been a decade since I wrote a little story that changed my life and kept a ton of readers up past their bedtimes. When I wrote WOOL, I never thought I’d live to see it impact so many people. All you can dream about as a new writer is getting one person to read and love your work. Never in a million years did I foresee these books being translated into over 40 languages and for millions of people to fall in love with Juliette and her struggles in…

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

  • My Publishing Values
    Value listing is one of the more important thought exercises I’ve discovered over the years. I was introduced to this by a friend, and my first attempt was to list my top 10 overall values in the world. This sounds easy enough, but you have to do it in order. So what goes higher on that list, family or friends? Where do you rank truth and honesty, without which most of the other things we value can’t exist or be trusted? Does science make the list of things we value,…
  • WOOL Boxset Giveaway Winners (and more!)
    Announcing the winners of the Great WOOL Boxset Giveaway: And I’ll be updating this post after the video with details about the surprise announcement… …which is that: We’re doing it again! The response to this giveaway was overwhelming. After I saw the comments pour in, I asked if we could do another 10 boxsets, and HMH was more than keen. Instead of choosing from the original post, we’re gonna reward those of you who stuck with us for the sequel, so comment below for a chance to win. Congratulations to…
  • Ultimate WOOL Unboxing and Giveaway!
    This is the most excited I’ve been about a blog post in ages. Why? Because this one is all about you, dear reader. And it’s about getting you some FREE SWAG. Okay, not swag. That’s underselling it. Swag would be like a t-shirt or a tote bag or a ballpoint pen that leaks and ruins a nice shirt. How about instead we give away these puppies! What you are looking here is the Ultimate WOOL Boxset! Inside the custom wrap, you’ll find the original trilogy (with a new essay in…
  • Tomorrow is too Late
    I used to take some chances with my bad guys. I’ve written my fair share of them. But if I wrote a scene where cops teargassed clergy off the stoop of their own church, so a president who has never believed in any god for a day in his life could get his photo taken with an upside-down Bible that he’s never read a word of, I’d have to delete it before my editor got a chance to berate me for being ridiculous. I’m also guilty — most writers are…
  • World Building
    When we sit down to write a novel, we start with a blank page. The world we create can take any shape we like. It doesn’t need to have our rules. It doesn’t need to have our history. The only constraint is our lack of imagination. Oh, but what a constraint this is. Our imaginations aren’t very good at conjuring up worlds dissimilar to the ones we know. When we create new lifeforms, they tend to look and act pretty much like us. When we predict the future, we tend…

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.