Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

The Starship Parsona

Wow. Just… wow. Document #3,549,018. Why in the world such a vital piece of evidence would be so deep in The Reader, have no searchable tags, and not be active-linked to any other document is beyond me. It’s almost as if the schematic was slipped in at the last minute, with no time to reference it elsewhere. The first thing I did was go back to every description of the ship that I’d already tagged. It all conforms perfectly to the layout seen here. I have no reason to believe…

The Impossible Map

I’ll never forget the day I showed Dr. Lisa Robinson, one of my astronomer friends at NASA, what has since become known as “The Impossible Map.” We were having lunch together in the cafeteria near KSC HQ (the hub of Kennedy Space Center’s inland industrial area) when I showed her The Reader for the first time. As I’ve said before, this project drove me batty from the first week, and I think Lisa was worried about her old friend. I was flipping through documents and talking excitedly about what I’d…

Deconstructing the Humanization of Delphi IV

One of the best tools I have for making sure my telling of Molly’s story is both honest and compelling is, ironically, her Academy records. I have every paper Molly wrote, from Junior Academy book reports to a pre-action tactical assignment she wrote just prior to the Tchung Affair. Here’s a sample from one of her essays (picking up on the second page). I think it’s a fair representation of her unique mixture of iconoclasm, creative thinking, and human decency. ************************************* It is clear, therefore, that Dr. Glav Jones has…