Hugh Howey

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

Tomorrow is too Late

I used to take some chances with my bad guys. I’ve written my fair share of them. But if I wrote a scene where cops teargassed clergy off the stoop of their own church, so a president who has never believed in any god for a day in his life could get his photo taken with an upside-down Bible that he’s never read a word of, I’d have to delete it before my editor got a chance to berate me for being ridiculous. I’m also guilty — most writers are…

Review of Molly Fyde on Luke Reviews

I promised myself I wouldn’t look. It’s like driving down the highway, in a major traffic-jam, and promising you won’t rubber-neck. I’ll have my wife read them first, inoculating me against the negative. I’ll wait to hear from someone else. Impossible. Even though I know it might be a grisly sight, I can’t turn away. This is my first review from a completely unbiased source, and from a pro that spends most of his time reviewing science fiction from the big boys. It’s a critic that I admire for slamming…

Book Review: Daemon

Daniel Suarez’s Daemon is an amazing story. And I’m not talking about the actual plot; for that, the word “Amazing” would not suffice. No, I am referring to the incredible series of events which are leading up to its publication and release on January 8th. After writing Daemon back in 2004, Suarez faced the uphill battle common to many first-time authors. Unable to find a buyer, yet confident of the quality of his work, he decided to self-publish. Using print-on-demand, Suarez pumped out a few dozen copies a month, at…

Good science fiction

I know it sounds like I’m forever defending the greatest genre of entertainment, but it isn’t a defense, per se. It’s just my enthusiasm leaking out. And every time I run into more speculative goodness, it’s like another log tossed on that fire. Like seeing District 9 recently. Or the subject of this post: a short story by Blake R. Swensen entitled “Interview With Teddy.” Blake showed up at Asimovs.com recently doing a happy-author-jig. Without a webcam, it was something of a disappointment, but his words conveyed enough of his…

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…