Machine Learning

A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best-selling author of the Silo trilogy

Hugh Howey is known for crafting riveting and immersive page-turners of boundless imagination, spawning millions of fans worldwide, first with his best-selling novel Wool, and then with other enthralling works such as Sand and Beacon 23.

Now comes Machine Learning, an impressive collection of Howey’s science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time. These stories explore everything from artificial intelligence to parallel universes to video games, and each story is accompanied by an author’s note exploring the background and genesis of each story.

Howey’s incisive mind makes Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories a compulsively readable and thought-provoking selection of short works—from a modern master at the top of his game.

Cover Designer: M.S. Corley
ISBN: 9781328767523
Format: Trade Paperback / Hardcover / Ebook
Publicity Contact: Michelle Triant <michelle.triant@hmhco.com>

About the Author

Hugh Howey is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Wool, Shift, Dust, and Sand. His works have been optioned for film and TV, with a feature film in development with Ridley Scott. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than three million copies worldwide. Hugh lives aboard Wayfinder, a fifty-foot catamaran, on which he plans to sail around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jamie Ford

Introduction by Hugh Howey

ALIENS AND ALIEN WORLDS

  • The Walk Up Nameless Ridge
  • Second Suicide
  • Nothing Goes To Waste
  • Deep Blood Kettle

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCES

  • Machine Learning
  • Executable
  • The Box
  • Glitch

SILO STORIES

  • In The Air
  • In The Mountain
  • In The Woods

FANTASY

  • Hell From The East
  • The Black Beast
  • The Good God

ALGORITHMS OF LOVE AND HATE

  • The Automated Ones
  • Mouth Breathers
  • While (U > I) I- -;

VIRTUAL WORLDS

  • The Plagiarist
  • Select Character

LOST AND FOUND

  • Promises of London
  • Peace in Amber

Praise

I devoured this book! The wildly imaginative tales in Machine Learning tackle everything from AI and aliens to video games and VR, and Howey infuses each one of them with the perfect mix brains, bravado, and heart. Reading the stories in this collection is like discovering an entire lost season of The Twilight Zone in which every episode was written by either Rod Serling or Richard Matheson. They’re that good.

—Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One

Bestseller Howey assembles 21 thoughtful science fiction and fantasy stories that explore real and virtual worlds through human, alien, and artificial senses. […] Howey’s writing is taut and immersive, and his characters’ perspectives will fascinate, no matter how inhuman they are.

—Publishers Weekly

Like a knapsack of compact grenades, exploding insight, unexpected innovations, and sci-fi heat. Each one the core of something larger.

—Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired

Hugh’s stories keep me turning pages not just to find out what happens, but because of the deep common threads of humanity within. I don’t just want to know the ending, I care about every moment.

—Annie Bellet, USA Today bestselling author of The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series