Hugh Howey was a boat captain living aboard a 74-foot yacht in the shadow of the Twin Towers on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Imprisoned and put on display in a glass-domed zoo on the planet Tralfamadore, adult film actress Montana Wildhack is left alone with her thoughts and her occasional lover Billy Pilgrim.
Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five, Howey uses this short story to weave his own personal Dresden experience with Wildhack’s private hell. In Peace in Amber, he examines the struggle to determine what to control, when to surrender, and how to discern those things we cannot change.
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I thought I was listening to Kurt
I queued up Peace in Amber this morning for a change of pace. Too much science and skepticism can leave you cold. The story began and I could have sworn that some lost Vonnegut work had been found. I only wish the fan-fiction work had been longer. I then googled Howey and found that he is from Charlotte and is a prolific science fiction writer. Frank Kappa confirmed. “So many books, so little time.” If you are a Kurt Vonnegut fan this is must read. If you are an American who remembers 9/11 this will touch you. Bravo, Hugh. Nicely done.
- Ward Hammond