Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

The Anti-Cassandra Complex?

One of the things I try to avoid thinking about is that I’m putting together a puzzle whose pieces haven’t even been created yet. I can’t help but believe in this story, that it has already happened. Then a date will remind me: I’m sorting through the future. The big joke here is that I am a propellant guy. I work with solid-state fuels. Worked, I should say. Anyway, the last few months before I was laid off, I was becoming more of a chemist than a physicist. And I’ve…

Another Concern

What if none of this is real? I’ll admit, it’s an idea that bounces around in my head sometimes. I go back and forth, optimism and pessimism, like worrying when the battery in The Reader is going to die. I’ve figured out what triggers each mood: when I read about some of the ridiculous situations that Molly and her friends find themselves in, I feel like someone is pulling my leg. This is wilder than any fiction I’ve ever encountered. Then I stumble upon something that convinces me that this…

Finding One’s Way

I spent the first few weeks reading, non-stop. I didn’t concern myself with photos and diagrams at first. I was too absorbed digging through a mystery that spanned the entire Milky Way. Slowly, I branched away from the text to learn my way around The Reader. The search functions have opened a lot of doors, as have the active bookmarks. My humble blog is far simpler, by comparison, but I would like to point out a few features that may help you get the most out of it. I dearly…

The Reader

I’m not an inherently manic person, but I have become one over the past six months. Ever since I was visited by a strange woman who introduced herself as the Bern Seer and gave me what she called “The Reader.” I’ll talk more about this meeting later, it’s hard to know in what order this story should be told, but starting with the Seer wouldn’t work. In many ways, that is the end of Molly’s saga. But I digress. I want to start with The Reader, because it is the…