Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

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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…

The SPSFC begins!

Welcome to the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition! Or the spussfic, as we like to call it around here. What in the world is the SPSFC? 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 with Mark’s blessing and science fiction’s habit of looking to its sister genre for inspiration, we are going…

The Future of Crypto

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to crypto. One side claims that cryptocurrencies are a fad, a speculative bubble, and one day it’ll pop and most cryptocurrencies will be worthless. The other side says that crypto is the future, and one day they will replace banks and fiat currency and almost every transaction we make will use crypto. The first future is pretty easy to imagine. We’ve seen speculative bubbles before, and we know how they end. There will be some lucky folks who got in…

NFTs for Authors

Cryptocurrency is bunk. Bitcoin is absolute garbage. Elon Musk is a weirdo. Okay, now that we’ve gotten rid of those folks (0r at least moved them to the comments), let’s talk about NFTs, or what I like to call “the worst acronym since PCMCIA.” NFTs sound to me like an alien encounter mixed with some kind of low-fee investment fund. But don’t worry, what they’re known as will probably change in the future as they become widely adopted. And they will. NFTs are going to change how future Earthlings think…

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,…