Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

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

The Dystopia Triptych

It’s here! It’s real! The latest release from John Joseph Adams, Christie Yant, and myself!

I present to you, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, BURN THE ASHES, and OR ELSE THE LIGHT. Otherwise known as THE DYSTOPIA TRIPTYCH!

Six or so years ago, JJA and I edited and released The Apocalypse Triptych, a series of three anthologies that allowed authors to tell connected stories about the end of the world. We had so much fun with those books that we decided to do it again, this time with a dystopian flair.

We started working on these books three years ago, and we had no idea that they’d be as topical as they are today. But fear not, for many of these stories bring glimmers of hope along with their warnings of what not to do. I was absolutely floored reading these and attempting to edit them to improve them even one whit. I also labored over my own stories as if I were writing three novels. I poured my heart and soul into these works. I hope you enjoy them.

The titles of the three books were taken from three of literature’s great dystopian classics, and there are brief forwards in each to convey our hope for what these collections may mean to readers. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts; I hope these stories can start some discussions and get us thinking about the present and future in a new light.

One of the things that will stand out about these books is that the cover art is the best on any series of books I’ve ever seen or held in my hands. No joke. No exaggeration. I think they are works of art, and I believe these will be collectors’ items. Get yours early, because the date will be stamped in the back, and you’ll want your hipster cred.

For those who pre-ordered the ebooks, we want to apologize for delivery issues. There was a problem on the Amazon servers that led to some readers getting a placeholder text (it was actually a film/TV pitch I’ve been working on, so congrats to whomever got an early look at that!). We’re sorry you didn’t get the right text on release day, but we’ve been told that the issue has been rectified and the correct ebook is showing up now. Feel free to reach out to me if you were affected, and we’ll make it up to you.

Now, everyone must know by now my love of ebooks, but perhaps this server glitch was a sign, because never before have I felt more enthusiasm for a printed edition. I say this even though we make less money on the print books. I don’t care! You seriously need to see these in person.

Oh, and guess what? The stories inside them rock as well. We have a fantastic lineup of authors packed into these books, writing some of their most creative and inspiring works. Keep in mind that these stories were written at least a year ago. We’ve been working on them for that long. So marvel at how prescient our scribes have been. And enjoy all the following interviews as I delve into each author’s processes and their inspirations.

I hope you enjoy! I hope you spread the word! I hope you leave a review begging us for more so John Joseph, Christie, and I can do this again real soon.

4 replies to “The Dystopia Triptych”

They arrived three hours ago. Next on my list to read. I’ll do what I did with the End of the World triptych and read each author’s set as one. The covers are beautiful. Can’t wait to dig in!

Hi Hugh,
A first edition with brilliantly illustrated covers – book lovers delight. They just need your signature to make a future heirloom. Will add to my wish list.
Your insight into the future is as valuable as a first edition.
Liz

Hi Mr. Howey. I have not read a novel in three years; your reputation preceeds you. James Scott Bell recommends I get familiar with your approach to story. I have not read “Wool” but after James’ endorsement, I will gladly do so with earnest. I enjoy apocolyptic stories and will dive in to The Dystopia Triptych later next month. I’ve been heading in this direction ever since I read “John Carter of Mars” in 9th grade and heard Don Mclean sing “Vincent”. I majored in Journalism and found words came easy to me and the fabric of story fascinated me. I’m endeavoring to write a short story but I’m terrified of discovering that I’m not as innovative as I thought.

I hope it will be released in Europe soon.Cover sometimes irrelevant,the most important is what’s inside.😉

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