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Hugh Howey

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I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified as science fiction, since they often take place in the future, but if you love great stories and memorable characters, you'll dig what you find here. I promise.

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Hugh Howey The biggest influence on me was probably Fraggle Rock. As a kid, I couldn't get enough of the intro to that show, which revealed an entire world…moreThe biggest influence on me was probably Fraggle Rock. As a kid, I couldn't get enough of the intro to that show, which revealed an entire world underground. As for sf literature, the Foundation series introduced psychology as a driving force behind the actions of people for generation after generation, and that was a huge influence. The writing style of Herbert and Asimov rubbed off on me as well. Just not enough, I'm afraid!(less)
Hugh Howey Hey Jackie,

Most of my stories come from current events and from the non-fiction books I'm currently reading. I get home delivery of the New York…more
Hey Jackie,

Most of my stories come from current events and from the non-fiction books I'm currently reading. I get home delivery of the New York Times, and there's a potential novel on every single page.

I start with the message I want to explore, and then I build the characters and world around that message. It's okay to me if the message doesn't come across to the reader; as long as I know it's there.(less)
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Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 57,679 ratings — published 2012 — 67 editions
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Wool (Wool, #1)
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 22,761 ratings — published 2011 — 12 editions
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Shift (Silo, #2)
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 17,029 ratings — published 2013 — 30 editions
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Dust (Silo, #3)
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 16,520 ratings — published 2013 — 19 editions
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First Shift: Legacy (Shift,...
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 9,787 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Second Shift: Order (Shift,...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 6,591 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Proper Gauge (Wool, #2)
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 5,607 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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Third Shift: Pact (Shift, #3)
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 5,431 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Casting Off (Wool, #3)
4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5,151 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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The Unraveling (Wool, #4)
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 4,885 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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“Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one's conscience to get in the way.”
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message 16: by M.L.

M.L. Banner Thanks Hugh! Your Wool series and your career, to a large part, prompted me to write and publish my first book Stone Age(last week).

message 15: by Igor

Igor Ljubuncic Thanks for adding me! Keep up your great work.
You are a source of inspiration for so many of us.

message 14: by Tahnee

Tahnee Fritz Thank you so much for adding me as a friend! I just got your book Wool and it's next in line on my reading list.

message 13: by Paul

Paul Crehan Hi, Hugh,

Thank you for adding me as a friend!

message 12: by Fox

Fox Thank you for the add! Just started Wool today, and I'm quite enjoying the style. Feels like a mix of Lost and Battlestar Galactica, oddly enough. :)

Arah-Leah Hay I think I might be the last person left who is still awaiting the trade release of Dust here in canada ;)

Sterling Thank you for the add! I was wondering (read: frantically hoping) if Wool had been picked up for a TV series or movie yet?

message 9: by Owen

Owen O'Neill Thanks for accepting my friend request! You are indeed an inspiration to us new fiction authors. If you hear that a lot, it is merely because it's true. We never thought we'd make a dime off our fiction, but thanks to your example, we forged ahead and have now made more than a few.

Best regards and best of fortune to you!

message 8: by Dean

Dean Blake Thanks for the add, Hugh! Pleasure meeting a fellow author on Goodreads. Thanks for being an awesome example for the eBook writing community.

message 7: by W.C.

W.C. Fielstra Thank you for the connection.

message 6: by Steve

Steve Saw this in the news this afternoon:

Right out of the Silo series!

Nothing about a large dig operation in Fulton County just yet...

Melanie SO yeah, Ill be seeing you at supanova Melbourne!

Adrian Staccato Hugh, you still have the link to your old twitter account up there! Same on your Amazon profile.

Sandhouse You've been currently reading At Home for a very long time now lol. Maybe you should pretend to read something else now.

Can't wait for I Zombie! Need a zombie fix!

Shannon YOU friend requested ME? What an honor :) LOVED Wool!

Annemarie LOVED the WOOL series! LOVED ITx100! Thinking of rereading it..already :)

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