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2014 Award eligibilty AKA The Campbell

Hey folks,

It’s nomination season once more.  I’ve decided to cut straight to the chase and just put it out there. I would love to be nominated for the Campbell Award again. It’s my second and last year of eligibility and I won’t get another shot at this until I reincarnate as a SFF author again in my next life. Let’s be honest, what are the odds of me hitting the jackpot twice? Chances are, with my luck, I’ll probably reincarnate as a small ineffectual yippy dog or the screenwriter for the Transformers movies.

My eligibility is a little wonky this year. The Rebirths of Tao was supposed to come out in 2014 but due to Watkins Media buying Angry Robot, it is now scheduled for April 7th, 2015. Time Salvager (Tor) is still slated to crush the universe July 7th, 2015.

This means the only thing I’m eligible for this year is the Campbell for The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao. Last year, AR offered Lives in the voting packet. If nominated, I’m going to ask that they offer up Deaths. If you haven’t read them, I think you’ll enjoy both.

As for the rest of the categories. Okay, it’s early and I’m still assembling my list but here are just some of the people I think were awesome in 2014:


Brian McClellan

Django Wexler

Helene Wecker

Brian Staveley

Best Novel

The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison)

The Republic of Thieves (Scott Lynch)

City of Stairs (Robert Jackson Bennett)

Lock In (John Scalzi)

Fool’s Assassin (Robin Hobb)

Steles of the Sky (Elizabeth Bear)

Best Novella

The Things We Do For Love (KJ Parker)

Best Related Work

Rocket Talk (Tor.com)

Speculative Fiction 2013 (Book Smugglers)

Best Fan Writer

Staffer’s Review (Justin Landon)

Pretty Terrible (Natalie Luhrs)

Book Smugglers (Ana Grilo and Thea James)



The Lego Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy

Edge of Tomorrow

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What’s that you say? You want more books based in the Tao universe?


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Well, your wish is the mad automaton’s command! Angry Robot has asked for a new standalone trilogy in the Tao universe, starting first with The Rise of Io. 

The series will offer a new entry point for readers unfamiliar with the Tao books as well as continue the meta arc of the existing universe. That means, no, you won’t have to have read the Tao books to dive right into the Io books! Here is the Angry Robot press release!

Special thanks to the fine folks at Angry Robot Books, Etan Ilfeld, and my incredible agent, Russ Galen.


Clarkesworld article: Free Advice from a Full-Time Author. Worth Every Penny Paid

You guys, my first paid article is up! The fine folks at Clarkesworld have somehow seen fit to throw money at me to write in their Another World column. You can read it here!

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Do you like me? Like, like-like me?

Hey guys,

Seems Amazon has added an author like button. I don’t suppose you guys care to press it? It’s all right if you don’t. I love you all anyway.







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Shalom! Eyfo haambatya?

You guys, The Lives of Tao is being released in Hebrew by Nova Publishing! It’s a new imprint and Lives will be their lead-out title.

Keep an out for it in 2015!

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The Lives of Tao is officially bilingual (soon to be trilingual). =p

My German fans (anyone? anyone?), you can pick up a copy here and other fine establishments where joy and awesome is sold.



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Time Salvager Cover Reveal!

You guys! The Mighty Tor.com has the cover reveal for my upcoming novel, Time Salvager, due out July 7th, 2015. My publisher, Tor, commissioned one of my favorite cover artists, the kick-ass Mr. Richard Anderson. You can read the full Tor.com article here! Without further adieu, here it is! Ain’t. It. Frigging. Cool?! Final Time Salvager cover -small

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Loncon schedule






Hey folks,

Loncon is around the corner! Huzzah! I have been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer alongside a bunch of fabulous people.

Here is my schedule. Come say hi if you get the chance!


Social Media and New Authors

Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

In an age when publishers increasingly expect authors to market themselves online and at a time when Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook make the interaction between creators and readers much easier and faster, what should new (and old) authors learn about the emerging rules of engagement? How can you market yourself without becoming notorious for the wrong reasons? Is it ever a good idea to respond to a review? What conversations should you never, ever get into?

Wesley Chu (M), Julie Crisp, Max Gladstone, Emma Newman, Danie Ware



Wesley Chu, Joe Monti, Justin Landon

*Not really. We’re just doing our fantasy ping pong draft.


Reading: Wesley Chu

Friday 17:00 – 17:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)

Someone come to my reading. I will be reading excerpts from my Tao books as well as (for the first time, stuff from Time Salvager)


The Road Goes Ever On and On: the Wheel of Time

Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL)

With the final volume, A Memory of Light, published last year, and a Hugo nomination for the entire series this year, this seems the perfect time to look back on twenty-four years of the Wheel of Time. Our panel will reflect on Robert Jordan’s achievement in creating the series, its runaway success, Brandon Sanderson’s completion of the work, and the lasting influence of WoT on the fantasy genre. [draft description]

Adam Whitehead (M), Wesley Chu , Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, Peter V. Brett


Agent Hunting

Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, South Gallery Pgm Room (ExCeL)

What you need to know to maximise your chances of getting an agent

Wesley Chu, Peter Newman, Dr. Martin Owton, Francis Knight


Reading the Other

Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)

Reading and interpreting stories is an intensely subjective process, and what the reader experiences may not always be what the writer intended. This can cause problems, notably when reading across cultural boundaries: writers may structure their stories or use tropes in ways that readers are not used to, or even find ‘wrong’. What tools and approaches to reading across boundaries are helpful? When is the onus on the writer to explain, and when is it on the reader to do more work?

Nick Wood (M), Wesley Chu, Leslie Ann Moore, Ben Peek, Tori Truslow


Autographing 3 – Wesley Chu

Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Autographing Space (ExCeL)\


Sunday 14:00 – 15:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)

Wesley Chu , Kate Elliott

It’s Kate, me, coffee, scotch, our insecurities, and sock puppets.

What could go wrong?


Hugo Awards Ceremony Rehearsal

Sunday 15:00 – 17:00

I’ve never been an ambi-turner.


Hugo Award Reception

Sunday 18:00 – 20:00

This is the pre-party for nominees. I can take a plus one.


Hugo Awards Ceremony

20:00 – 22:00

Hosts Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will host the celebration of best in SFF. Let’s rock this party.

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The Lives of Tao is out of print. Kind of.

UPDATE: I have just been assured that the reprint is coming! It’s just taking a little longer to get the order signed off!

You guys,

It seems there is an emergency shortage of copies of The Lives of Tao. The good news is that the Random House warehouse has run out of stock and I’m about to go into another reprint, my 7th so far. Not gonna lie, that’s pretty awesome to hit a 7th edition reprint after only 13 months.

Now the bad news. The reprint isn’t coming, at least not now. Due to unknown reasons, possibly with the scarcity of mass market paperback pulp, problems at my publisher (Angry Robot Books and its parent company Osprey), or a glitter explosion at the Random House printers, no more books are being printed at this time. At least there is no ETA yet. What could possibly be the hold up? Hmm…

For those who already own a copy of The Lives of Tao, it is now a collectors item! You might have paid $8 for it, and it’s probably worth $5 used. Well, now that it’s pseudo out of print, it’s probably worth um…$5 still.

If I’ve signed it, it’s probably worth $4. Sorry.

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I am off to educate children. Oh the humanity!






Tomorrow, I’m heading to Michigan State University’s Young Authors’ Conference where I will be one of the Writers in Residence alongside the very cool  Nnedi Okorfor and Sarah Prineas.

I’ll be teaching workshops on writing action scenes to young authors from grades five through twelve. If I don’t make it out alive, please tell my wife and dog that I love them.

Here is the full schedule:

Friday Evening

  • 6:00 PM Public reading with Guest Authors at Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing: This event serves as the conference kick-off. It’s an optional event, free and open to the public. We’d love for you to join us.


  • 8:15 – 9:00 Check-In (Bessey Hall): Start your day by picking up your personalized conference folder and informally meeting fellow writers and conference staff. You can stop by the book vendor at this point or during breaks throughout the day.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Welcome (Bessey Hall): The conference director will greet everyone and introduce the day’s events.
  • 9:30 – 12:30 Morning Sessions (Bessey Hall): All participants will workshop their stories, meet with one of our Writers-in-Residence, and attend sessions on topics like plot, revision, and publication.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Bessey Hall)
  • 1:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Sessions (Bessey Hall)All participants will workshop their stories, meet with one of our Writers-in-Residence, and attend sessions on topics like plot, revision, and publication.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Closing Remarks (Bessey Hall): We’ll end the day with a short closing ceremony.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Book Buying and Author Signings (Bessey Hall): We’ve built in extra time to get new books and have them signed by our Writers-in-Residence.

If you’re in the area, stop on by! You can follow us on twitter hashtag #MSUYAC2014



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