Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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


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…