Hugh Howey

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

Most Recent Posts

  • SAND Daily Deal!
    Oh, boy. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these. For today only, SAND is on sale for the bargain basement price of $1.99 (it’s usually $9.99!!). Don’t feel bad for taking advantage of this insane price. The publisher is taking the loss, not me! So buy as many as you like! Gift a few to friends and loved ones! Besides WOOL, this is by far my most popular novel. It’s a different world, a completely unrelated story, and one of the books I recommend when people ask…
  • The SPSFC continues!
    Welcome back to the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition! Now in its second year! In case you missed it last year, you may be wondering what in the world is the SPSFC? Well, it’s an opportunity to shine a great big laser beam on wonderful works of self-pubbed science fiction. For a few years now, Mark Lawrence has been organizing a contest known as the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. Science fiction authors and bloggers have been clamoring for something similar. So we made it ourselves. Just bigger, faster, stronger. Scouring the world…
  • SPSFC 2022
    The second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition is about to begin! Author applications are now open! 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 / twelve months, the first 300 novels entered will be whittled down to seven finalists and one winner. To read more about the competition, click here. Note: Applications close July 31st On a side note, we’re looking for Judges / reviewers…
  • The Age of Excess
    A friend messaged me today about the sad state of affairs when we are reliant on billionaires for communication channels. It was of course in response to Elon Musk purchasing Twitter. The widespread emotional response to this purchase got me thinking about several things: Firstly, that we have long been at the whims of the ultra wealthy for our access to communication. Zuckerberg and Jack are the modern versions, but before this it was Ma Bell, and before that it was the Church. History is littered with examples of power…
  • The Power of Story
    Writing is such a strange profession. When I’m not sitting with my laptop making up worlds that do not exist and having conversations between figments of my imagination, I’m lost in silly daydreams and having bizarre flights of fancy. Too much of this could get you committed to an institution, but slap some cover art on it and offer it up for sale, and you’re an author! There are times that I feel guilty for what I do for a living. It’s party because I love it so much that…

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

  • The SPSFC continues!
    Welcome back to the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition! Now in its second year! In case you missed it last year, you may be wondering what in the world is the SPSFC? Well, it’s an opportunity to shine a great big laser beam on wonderful works of self-pubbed science fiction. For a few years now, Mark Lawrence has been organizing a contest known as the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. Science fiction authors and bloggers have been clamoring for something similar. So we made it ourselves. Just bigger, faster, stronger. Scouring the world…
  • SPSFC 2022
    The second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition is about to begin! Author applications are now open! 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 / twelve months, the first 300 novels entered will be whittled down to seven finalists and one winner. To read more about the competition, click here. Note: Applications close July 31st On a side note, we’re looking for Judges / reviewers…
  • The Age of Excess
    A friend messaged me today about the sad state of affairs when we are reliant on billionaires for communication channels. It was of course in response to Elon Musk purchasing Twitter. The widespread emotional response to this purchase got me thinking about several things: Firstly, that we have long been at the whims of the ultra wealthy for our access to communication. Zuckerberg and Jack are the modern versions, but before this it was Ma Bell, and before that it was the Church. History is littered with examples of power…
  • The Power of Story
    Writing is such a strange profession. When I’m not sitting with my laptop making up worlds that do not exist and having conversations between figments of my imagination, I’m lost in silly daydreams and having bizarre flights of fancy. Too much of this could get you committed to an institution, but slap some cover art on it and offer it up for sale, and you’re an author! There are times that I feel guilty for what I do for a living. It’s party because I love it so much that…
  • Matrix 4: A Singular Work of Genius
    The Matrix: Resurrections was one of the worst films I saw in 2021. I wanted to walk out several times, and probably would have had my partner asked to go. It was difficult to sit through. The best thing I could say about it after was that it made me hate parts 2 and 3 a lot less by comparison. A day later, I’m now convinced that The Matrix: Resurrections is one of the finest works of art that I’ve ever experienced in my life. How I got from there…

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.