Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

Changing the course of e-books? Really, I didn’t know I was doing that.

Here’s a jolt of crazy to start my Monday. A top Amazon SF writer wrote a piece on his blog this morning about how my experiment of cheap, high-quality serialized fiction harkens back to the golden age of sci-fi. Peter Cawdron wonders if I’ve stumbled onto a new model, a blueprint for the next era of digital book entertainment. If so, I assure you it was in much the way Mr. Magoo used to stumble on the clues to solve the case. Or perhaps I’m more like Inspector Gadget, and…

The Mystical Art of Redirection

As a writer, I aim to avoid all the tropes I’ve forever loathed as a reader. For instance: have you ever noticed that everyone in every individual book you’ve ever read conveniently has a name unique from all the other characters? There’s never two Toms in a story, or two Johns, or two Marys, people who have to go by nicknames, last names, or middle names to avoid confusion. Authors shy away from this level of realism, which always feels a bit forced to me. Now, I’m sure this kooky…