Hugh Howey

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Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey Headshot.jpg
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 41)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction
Website
hughhowey.com

Hugh C. Howey (born 1975) is an American writer, known best for the science fiction series Silo, part of which he published independently through Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing system.[1][2] Howey was raised in Monroe, North Carolina and before publishing his books, he worked as a yacht captain, roofer, and audio technician.[3]

Wool[edit]

He began the series in 2011, initially writing Wool as a stand-alone short story.[4] His first book was initially published with a small press.[5] After that, he decided to publish through Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing system, because of the freedom of self-publishing. After the series grew in popularity, he began to write more entries for it.[6] Howey began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil.[7] Film rights to the series were sold to 20th Century Fox; Lionsgate also expressed interest.[8]

In 2012, Howey signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to distribute Wool to book retailers across the US and Canada. The deal allowed Howey to continue to sell the book online exclusively. He notably turned down seven figure offers in favor of a mid-six figure sum, in return for maintaining e-book rights.[9]

He has also signed publishing contracts with Random House Century UK for UK distribution of both his Wool and Sand series, published as novels of the same names.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Howey married Dr Amber Lyda in 2002. They were divorced in 2015.[11]

In mid-2015, Howey gave up his home in Florida, and moved to St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He commissioned the construction of a sailing catamaran, on which he plans to live and sail the world while he continues to write.[12][13]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels and novellas[edit]

  • Half Way Home (May 1, 2010)
  • The Hurricane (May 9, 2011)
  • I, Zombie (August 15, 2012)
  • The Shell Collector (December 14, 2014)

The Bern Saga[edit]

  1. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (August 22, 2009)
  2. Molly Fyde and the Land of Light (January 1, 2010)
  3. Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions (June 1, 2010)
  4. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace (October 27, 2010)
  5. Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep (TBA)

Sand Series[edit]

  1. The Belt of the Buried Gods (December 15, 2013)
  2. Out of No Man's Land (December 19, 2013)
  3. Return to Danvar (December 26, 2013)
  4. Thunder Due East (December 27, 2013)
  5. A Rap Upon Heaven's Gate (January 5, 2014)

Silo Series[edit]

  1. Wool (July 30, 2011)
  2. Wool: Proper Gauge (November 30, 2011)
  3. Wool: Casting Off (December 4, 2011)
  4. Wool: The Unraveling (December 25, 2011)
  5. Wool: The Stranded (January 14, 2012)
  6. First Shift: Legacy (April 14, 2012)
  7. Second Shift: Order (November 20, 2012)
  8. Third Shift: Pact (January 28, 2013)
  9. Dust (August 17, 2013)

Silo Series Short Stories[edit]

These are part of The Apocalypse Triptych collection of short stories.

  1. In the Air from The End is Nigh (March 1, 2014)
  2. In the Mountains from The End is Now (September 1, 2014)
  3. In the Woods from The End Has Come (March 1, 2015)

Beacon 23 Series[edit]

  1. Beacon 23: Part One: Little Noises (June 8, 2015)
  2. Beacon 23: Part Two: Pet Rocks (July 5, 2015)
  3. Beacon 23: Part Three: Bounty (July 19, 2015)
  4. Beacon 23: Part Four: Company (July 26, 2015)
  5. Beacon 23: Part Five: Visitor (August 8, 2015)

Short Stories[edit]

  • The Plagiarist (February 24, 2011)
  • The Walk Up Nameless Ridge (September 4, 2012)
  • Promises of London (May 26, 2014)
  • Glitch (June 16, 2014)
  • Second Suicide (July 17, 2014)
  • The Box (May 22, 2015)

Children's Books[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) (January 25, 2012)
  • Shift Omnibus Edition (Shift 1-3) (January 27, 2013)
  • Sand Omnibus Edition (Sand 1-5) (January 9, 2014)
  • The Wool Trilogy (complete Silo Series) (February 20, 2014)
  • Beacon 23: The Complete Novel (Beacon 23, 1-5) (September 6, 2015)

Nonfiction[edit]

  1. Wayfinding Part 1: Rats and Rafts (June 27, 2015)
  2. Wayfinding Part 2: Hell and Heaven (July 2, 2015)
  3. Wayfinding - Food and Fitness (July 3, 2015)
  4. Wayfinding Part 3: Hot & Cold (July 5, 2015)
  5. Wayfinding Part 4: Old World & New (July 12, 2015)
  6. Wayfinding Part 5: Consciousness and Subconsciousness (July 27, 2015)
  7. Wayfinding Part 6: Highs and Lows (August 27, 2015)

As editor[edit]

Interviews[edit]

  • Anon. (December 2013). "Artisanal publishing : Hugh Howey". Locus (635): 72–74. 
  • How Bestselling Author Hugh Howey Writes - Copyblogger - August 2015[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Wool' author Hugh Howey chimes in on print, digital, self-publishing". Tampa Bay. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Breaking Out: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hugh Howey Goes From Bookstore Clerk to Self-Publishing Superstar". Wired. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 2: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Wool Omnibus". Wired. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Wy, Denise. "The WOOL Success: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Cover Atelier. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 1: Science Fiction, Indie Writing, and Success". Wired. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Self-Made Bestseller Weighs Traditional Deals". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike. "20th Century Fox Spins ‘Wool’ For Scott Free And Film Rites". Deadline. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Alter, Alexandra (7 March 2013). "Sci-Fi's Underground Hit". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Nelson, Kristin. "A Letter from ‘Lil Kris". The Wayfinder. hughhowey.com. 
  11. ^ Rivera, Jeff (24 March 2016). "Bestselling Author Hugh Howey on Life, Books and Success". Huffington Post. 
  12. ^ Howey, Hugh. "Ends and Beginnings". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Hugh C. Howey (7 March 2015). "A Life at Sea". The Wayfinder. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  14. ^ Chanani, Nidhi. "Portfolio". Everyday Love. Nidhi Chanani. 
  15. ^ Gilliand, Blu. "Book Review: 'The End is Nigh' Edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey". Fearnet. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Edidin, Rachel. "Exclusive Excerpt: Heartbreaking Stories From the End of the World". Wired. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Newitz, Annalee. "Does the apocalypse come in three stages?". io9. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Bradford, K. Tempest. "io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for September 15–20". io9. io9. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Howey, Hugh. "The End Has Come". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  20. ^ "How Bestselling Author Hugh Howey Writes". Copyblogger. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 

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