Several years ago, an independent author named Hugh Howey self-published a short story he called Wool. As stories sometimes do, this one captured readers, and those readers demanded more, which surprised Hugh. But he wrote more, and the short story became a novel, which became a series called The Silo Saga.
Hugh did something unexpected after that: he opened up the world he'd created to other authors, inviting them to tell stories in the silo he'd invented. A whole bunch of folks took him up on the offer, including me. At the time—2013?—I had only recently self-published a couple of novels. Writing a story in someone else's world seemed like an interesting challenge.
I wrote a serialized novel I called Greatfall, about a silo gone dark, and the strange society that evolved while it was cut off from the rest of the world. The story was really well-received by Hugh's fans, and it's been a real pleasure to chat with them over the years. I followed the novel with The Book of Matthew, a short story that serves as a bit of an epilogue to Greatfall.
Later that year, Amazon formalized a system of fanfiction publishing, launching a program they called Kindle Worlds. Hugh's Silo Saga was one of their early worlds. Those of us who had written in that universe already were invited to take our stories into Kindle Worlds, helping the program get off the ground. I decided to participate, as did a few other authors, and for the last few years, my silo stories have been steadily finding readers.
This year, Amazon decided to pull the plug on Kindle Worlds. Authors like me were given back the rights to our stories. We were free to republish the stories, provided the original creator of the world gave us permission to do so. I dropped Hugh an email; he quickly gave me a thumbs-up. And now, with Worlds officially closed, I'm able to republish Greatfall and the short story The Book of Matthew for readers who previously couldn't access them. (Kindle Worlds was a U.S.-only experiment, effectively blocking readers from other countries from accessing these stories.)
As of now, Greatfall and The Book of Matthew are live again on Amazon. They're also in the Google Books marketplace now as well. Each features a new cover to celebrate the occasion. For those of you who never got a chance to read them, I hope they were worth the wait.
Huge thanks to Hugh for allowing me to keep these stories in the world.