When Amazon Publishing announced the creation of its fan fiction publishing site Kindle Worlds, one of its first and most vocal supporters was bestselling author Hugh Howey. The author of the Silo Saga has been an active proponent of the idea that fan fiction–when readers take authors’ story lines or characters and craft their own unique tales with those elements–is both a testament to how powerfully an author’s work reaches his fans, as well as a viable agreement that can stand to benefit both the writer fan and the original author.
Now, Kindle Worlds has announced that Howey’s own work of fan fiction, Peace in Amber, will be released on January 14, 2014. His work, which is based on the world of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonegut, is a re-envisioning of Howey’s memories of the events of September 11, 2001.
“Slaughterhouse-Five moved me as few works of fiction ever have,” says Hugh Howey. “It was the autobiographical nature of the work, this exploration of Dresden’s bombing through the eyes of a survivor. I don’t think I would have found the courage to write about my 9/11 experience without Vonnegut’s work as an example.”
In the licensed fan fiction model established by Kindle Worlds, rights holders for licensed books, movies, or television shows allow their content to be used for the inspiration for works that can later be published on the platform for royalties. Howey has supported authors who have already published works based on his Wool, Shift, and Dust titles; Howey’s graphic novel of the first book in his Silo Saga titles will be released in February.