Hugh Howey

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Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey in 2021
Hugh Howey in 2021
Born1975 (age 47–48)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
GenreScience fiction
Shay Londre
(m. 2022)

Hugh C. Howey (born 1975,[1] Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American writer, known best for the science fiction series Silo, part of which he published independently through's Kindle Direct Publishing system.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Howey was born in 1975 in Charlotte, North Carolina, was raised in Monroe, North Carolina, and before publishing his books, he worked as a book store clerk, yacht captain, roofer, and audio technician.[4]

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 sailed from Cape Town to Australia.[5][6] In November of 2022, Howey married pilot and former model Shay Londre. They live in New York City, NY.


He began the series in 2011, initially writing Wool as a stand-alone short story.[7] His first book was initially published with a small press.[8] After that, he decided to publish through'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.[9] Howey began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil.[10] Film rights to the series were sold to 20th Century Fox; Lionsgate also expressed interest.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Howey became closely tied to both Amazon/Kindle Direct Publishing and self-publishing as a leader of the new paradigm of publishing. He opened up his Silo Saga to other authors, formalizing that effort when he signed with Kindle Worlds. Though authors like Fredric Shernoff (Atlantic Island), Jason Gurley (Eleanor), and Michael Bunker (Pennsylvania) all experienced some degree of success that can be attributed to Howey, Wool, and the Kindle Worlds project,[14] nobody was able to replicate Wool's success either through tie-in books or those authors' original stories.



Silo series:

  1. Wool (2012), fix-up novel of 1 short story and 4 novellas:
    "Wool: Holston", "Wool: Proper Gauge" (novella), "Wool: Casting Off" (novella), "Wool: The Unraveling" (novella), "Wool: The Stranded" (novella)
  2. Shift (2013), prequel, fix-up novel of 3 novellas:
    "First Shift: Legacy", "Second Shift: Order", "Third Shift: Pact"
  3. Dust (2013)

The Sand Chronicles:

  1. Sand (2014), fix-up novel of 5 novellas:
    "The Belt of the Buried Gods", "Out of No Man's Land", "Return to Danvar", "Thunder Due East", "A Rap Upon Heaven's Gate"
  2. Across the Sand (2022)


  • I, Zombie (2012)
  • The Shell Collector (2014)
  • Beacon 23 (2015), fix-up novel of 5 short stories:
    "Beacon 23: Part One: Little Noises", "Beacon 23: Part Two: Pet Rocks", "Beacon 23: Part Three: Bounty", "Beacon 23: Part Four: Company", "Beacon 23: Part Five: Visitor"

Young adult novels[edit]

Bern Saga:

  1. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (2009)
  2. Molly Fyde and the Land of Light (2010)
  3. Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions (2010)
  4. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace (2010)
  5. Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep (TBA)


  • Half Way Home (2010)
  • The Hurricane (2011)

Short stories[edit]


  • Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories (2017), collection of 16 short stories and 5 novelettes/novellas:
    "The Walk Up Nameless Ridge", "Second Suicide" (novelette), "Nothing Goes to Waste", "Deep Blood Kettle", "Machine Learning", "Executable", "The Box", "Glitch" (novelette), "In the Air" (Silo series), "In the Mountains" (Silo series), "In the Woods" (novelette, Silo series), "Hell from the East", "The Black Beast", "The Good God", "The Automated Ones", "Mouth Breathers", "WHILE (u > i) i--;", "The Plagiarist" (novella), "Select Character", "Promises of London", "Peace in Amber" (novelette)

Silo series:

  • "In the Air" (2014)
  • "In the Mountains" (2014)
  • "In the Woods" (2015), novelette

Uncollected short stories:

  • "Gloria" (2015)
  • "Full Unemployment" (2017)
  • "The Blast" (2018)
  • "No Algorithms in the World" (2019)
  • "Bones of Gossamer" (2019)

Children's books[edit]


  • Wool: The Graphic Novel (2014), with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton, ISBN 1-47784-912-2


Wayfinding series:

  1. Wayfinding Part 1: Rats and Rafts (2015)
  2. Wayfinding Part 2: Hell and Heaven (2015)
  3. Wayfinding Part 3: Hot & Cold (2015)
  4. Wayfinding Part 4: Old World & New (2015)
  5. Wayfinding Part 5: Consciousness and Subconsciousness (2015)
  6. Wayfinding Part 6: Highs and Lows (2015)
  • Wayfinding - Food and Fitness (2015)

As editor[edit]

The Apocalypse Triptych, with John Joseph Adams:

  1. The End is Nigh (2014)[16][17][18]
  2. The End is Now (2014)[19]
  3. The End Has Come (2015)[20]




Production on the serialization of Wool was announced in 2012. After development was begun by AMC, the project was moved to Apple TV+ in May of 2021.

Beacon 23[edit]

In 2018 it was announced that the Beacon 23 series was going to be adapted into a television series. Filming began in 2022.


  1. ^ "About". Hugh Howey. Retrieved July 1, 2023.
  2. ^ Bancroft, Collette (May 4, 2013). "'Wool' author Hugh Howey chimes in on print, digital, self-publishing". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  3. ^ Dunn, Sarah (April 25, 2013). "Breaking Out: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Stuff. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Hugh Howey Goes From Bookstore Clerk to Self-Publishing Superstar". Wired. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ Howey, Hugh. "Ends and Beginnings". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ Hugh C. Howey (7 March 2015). "A Life at Sea". The Wayfinder. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  7. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 2: A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of The Wool Omnibus". Wired. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  8. ^ Wy, Denise. "The WOOL Success: An Interview with Hugh Howey". Cover Atelier. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  9. ^ Wecks, Erik. "Hugh Howey Interview Part 1: Science Fiction, Indie Writing, and Success". Wired. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  10. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Self-Made Bestseller Weighs Traditional Deals". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike. "20th Century Fox Spins 'Wool' For Scott Free And Film Rites". Deadline. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  12. ^ Alter, Alexandra (7 March 2013). "Sci-Fi's Underground Hit". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  13. ^ Nelson, Kristin. "A Letter from 'Lil Kris". The Wayfinder.
  14. ^ Barnett, Matia. "Patience Pays Off: An Indie Success Story". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  15. ^ Chanani, Nidhi. "Portfolio". Everyday Love. Nidhi Chanani. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  16. ^ Gilliand, Blu. "Book Review: 'The End is Nigh' Edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey". Fearnet. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  17. ^ Edidin, Rachel. "Exclusive Excerpt: Heartbreaking Stories From the End of the World". Wired. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  18. ^ Newitz, Annalee. "Does the apocalypse come in three stages?". io9. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  19. ^ Bradford, K. Tempest. "io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for September 15–20". io9. io9. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  20. ^ Howey, Hugh. "The End Has Come". Hugh Howey. Retrieved 9 September 2015.

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