Announcing a new WOOL short – The Sky Used to be Blue: a Silo story

I am excited to let you know of another short story set in the WOOL universe… encouraged by Hugh Howey himself!

The Sky used to be Blue - EBook Cover Art

Part 1 of the Karma series, The Sky Used to be Blue: a Silo story is an 8,500 word short story based on Hugh Howey’s WOOL books, published with his permission.

Karma lives in a Silo deep beneath the earth. She isn’t sure of much else… only that the wallscreen shows an outside view that is barren and swirling with toxic clouds. Most of the others seem content—except for the ones who jump to their death from the hundred-level spiral staircase. And the ones that are pushed.

After the doctor prescribes a special liquid and tells her to avoid tap water, Karma begins to remember a very different world. Despite the fog in her mind, she is convinced that something came before. Such memories are dangerous to talk about, or even to know.

She must figure out who can be trusted. The doctor… her husband… or no one at all.

Here’s what Hugh Howey, the creator of the WOOL universe, said after reading the synopsis of this story:

Hey Patrice, I LOVE this story idea! You have my complete blessing. I can’t wait to read it.

Let me know when it’s done!


The Sky Used to be Blue will be available tomorrow! I’ll be uploading the URL as soon as I have it… watch this space for more news.

Announcement “The Sky Used to be Blue”

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2 Responses to Announcing a new WOOL short – The Sky Used to be Blue: a Silo story

  1. Lyn Perry says:

    I see you’re already in the Top 10 paid short stories category! Way cool. Congrats and best wishes!

    • patricefitz says:

      Yes–I’m so thrilled! And I downloaded yours for tonight’s reading. With those reviews, I am so looking forward to it.

      I’ve been amazed and grateful that Hugh is so willing to let others borrow his world. Isn’t he something? (Ssshh, don’t let him hear us talking about him.)

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