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…

Film Review: District 9

Say it three times: There is no genre like science fiction. There is no genre like science fiction. There is no genre like science fiction. And films like District 9 are proof. Continuing a stellar run of speculative fiction over the last few years (Fountain, Moon, Children of Men) District 9 strikes that perfect balance of tickling our brains while tormenting our hearts. All the great action/adventure cliches are here to drive the plot along, but the filler, the satire of the human condition, is really what sets this film…

How science fiction becomes science fact

My publisher and I were talking last night about the uncanny habit science has of catching up with developments first mentioned in science fiction. We both agreed that this seems to happen quite often, but after giving it more thought, I’ve changed my mind. I’m not really sure that’s the case. Of the billions of concepts dreamed up each year in the genre, how many become viable? Several thousand? I don’t see prescience there, I see statistical chance. In fact, science fiction writers (whether it’s TV, film, or literature) tend…

A Pleasant Birthday Surprise

I’m normally not one for lavish birthday presents. However, at a small celebration with friends and family last night, I received a wonderful little gift: the new UniBall Premier 207 ball-point pen in silver with Squishy Grip™. Wow. What a writing utensil! I’ve owned a hand-me-down Mont Blanc before, and while the snowpeak cap looked nice sticking out from behind my ear, that pen has nothing on this baby. Smooth glide, even flow, perfect grip (Mont Blanc needs to do some research into this squishy stuff) and it even has…

Two Huge Announcements

First, I worked all weekend to create a new website (this one!). Simple and clean with a breathtaking splash that changes as you surf. The focus, as always, will be the content. Molly Fyde, especially. All posts from the old blog will get moved over, and I’ll probably run both concurrently. If you prefer the look of the other site and the Blogger network, you can go there to read. This site will be a general locus for everything I’m working on, not just the Molly books. The second announcement…