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Hugh C. Howey

Hugh C. Howey is a best-selling American writer, best known for the science fiction series Wool.
For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon — it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.
In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
Silo has been so successful that Simon & Schuster has paid a significant sum to get print-only distribution rights while film rights to the story have been sold to 20th Century Fox; director Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian have expressed interest in the film adaptation.
Born in 1975, Hugh spent the first eighteen years of his life getting through the gauntlet of primary education. While there, he dabbled in soccer, chess, and tried to write his first novel (several times).
Out of school, he became fascinated with computers, repaired them for a brief stint, then moved to Charleston, SC and attended college. To save money, he purchased a small sailboat to live on, and nearly got himself killed bringing it down from Baltimore with a friend.
After his junior year of college, possibly out of fear of the real world, he left his safe little harbor and sailed South. He hopped around the islands for a while, went through two hurricanes, and spent the last of his cruising funds re-stepping his mast. It was time to head back to the States, where he began a career as a yacht captain.
This began an exciting phase of Hugh’s life, traveling all over the East Coast and Caribbean, from Barbados to Chicago. He worked on boats in New York, the Bahamas, even Canada. One of these adventures brought him together with his wife, who was able to lure him away from his vagabond ways, dropping anchor and buying a house.
Physically settled, his mind continued to roam, concocting adventures and whisking Hugh off to fantastic places. Some of these tales seemed worth sharing, so he tapped into his love of books and decided to write them down. His first stories detail the life of a character that he’s been mulling over for quite some time. Her name is Molly Fyde, and she draws inspiration from the awesome women in Hugh’s life.
His Wool series became a sudden success in the Fall of 2011. Originally just a novelette, the demand from Amazon reviewers sent him scurrying to write more tales in this subterranean world.
His books include Dust, Shift – Omnibus Edition, Sand – Omnibus Edition, The Shell Collector: A Story of the Seven Seas, Wool: The Graphic Novel, Half Way Home, I, Zombie, The Hurricane, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, Molly Fyde and the Land of Light, Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions, Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace, The Plagiarist: A Novella, First Shift – Legacy, Wool – Part One, Second Shift – Order, Peace in Amber: The World of Kurt Vonnegut, Third Shift – Pact, Sand Part 1: The Belt of the Buried Gods, Sand Part 2: Out of No Man’s Land, Sand Part 3: Return to Danvar, Sand Part 4: Thunder Due East, Sand Part 5: A Rap Upon Heaven’s Gate, and Misty: The Proud Cloud.
When Hugh’s not writing, he likes to go for hikes with his family, take a stroll on the beach, and keep up with his reading. He currently lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.
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