I have been nominated for the Campbell!

First of all, a disclaimer: I apologize if I venture into Todd Manly-Krauss territory. I will do my best to avoid that… actually, never mind… if there’s a time to cross that line, it’s right now. HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS, I’ve been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New SFF Writer. Huzzah!

All right, exuberance aside, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the nominating process. There were 767 nominating ballots this year just for the Campbell alone. There’s a bevy of great talent on the Hugo and Campbell ballots this year. I’m honored to be considered among them.

Here are the nominees for the Campbell this year.

Max Gladstone

Ramez Naam

Sophia Samatar

Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Wesley Chu

I’m up against some tough competition this year. I know and consider all of the names here good friends and wonderful for voices (haven’t met Bee yet but I’m looking forward to it) in the SFF community, and look forward to hanging out with them at Loncon.

Thank you everyone again for your support. You guys rock.

I would rock this tiara. Just saying...

Just throwing this out there. I would rock the Campbell tiara. Just saying…













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Audio for The Deaths of Tao is out!

You guys! The audio for The Deaths of Tao is out! Huzzah!

Mikael Naramore, the same voice who narrated The Lives of Tao, is back for round two as he tackles what happens with Roen and Tao a few years after the events in the first book.

Here’s the links: Audible Amazon

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Sword & Laser Video podcast

I had a great time hanging out with Veronica and Tom over at Sword & Laser. It was my first video podcast so I was a little nervous. Still, it was a ton of fun so I hope they’ll invite me back.

You can find the hangout here.












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I am thrilled to announce that The Lives of Tao will be released in German! The series has been picked up by Festa Verlag, a horror/thriller publisher who houses the likes of Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, and HP Lovecraft.

It’s a heavy duty stable of scary dudes, but they’re not ready for for this jelly! (ka ching ching).  Festa Verlag has an option for Deaths so hopefully, we’ll see the entire series eventually translated for the German readers.

This is the Tao serie’s first foreign rights deal, and not the last. Because ya know, we’re gonna take over the world. One reader, one bookstore, one doughnut at a time.

Let’s rock this party.














You can learn more about Festa Verlag here!






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The Deaths of Tao is coming on audio from Audible!

Okay fight fans, it took a few months for the contract to get hammered out, but The Deaths of Tao is coming out on MP3/CD to Audible. The best news is the fantastic Mikael Naramore, who narrated The Lives of Tao, is coming back for round two for Deaths!


By the way, you can find the audio for The Lives of Tao here!




















The Rebirths of Tao Announcement! Huzzah!

Have a fantastic announcement today. Probably the worst kept secret since the Templars infiltrated the Rockettes (Oh, you didn’t know?) but we’ve officially gone green light with The Rebirths of Tao!

Wesley Chu: ”I am thrilled to continue the Tao series with Angry Robot Books. Together, over the past two years, the ill-tempered droids and I have  gloriously kicked the crap out of Roen and Tao, and laid waste to those human-loving Prophus. Now, it’s death, taxes, and the Genjix. People of Earth, prepare for the final battle. You’re about to get rocked.”

Lee Harris: “Roen and Tao’s story became a firm favourite as soon as we published book 1, The Lives of Tao. Book 2 confirmed Wesley’s talent, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the conclusion!”

The Rebirths of Tao

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War. A Gengix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Gengix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

Here’s the official announcement












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The ebook for The Lives of Tao is on sale!

For the first time (and the only until the end of time…really), the ebook for The Lives of Tao is on sale for just $1.99 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Get it now while the sale lasts!












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Very briefly.

A very cool high point of my fledgling career. I made it onto CNN for the American Library’s Association’s Alex Award.






















That is all. Carry on.

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American Library Association Alex Award: AKA I got some new hardware!

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I am thrilled to announce that the American Library Association has distinguished The Lives of Tao with the Alex Award as part of the ALA’s 2014 Youth Media Awards. The Alex Award honors adult books with teen appeal. You can see the list of winners here.

This is a big deal for me because I basically grew up in a library. When I was a kid back in the 80s (I know, right?! I once walked 5 miles in the blizzard to buy kindle), my teachers used to hand out book catalogs in class. The kids could order books off the list and a few weeks later, we’d all get fresh batches of new adventures to read. I’d devour the whole damn list. Pretty much impoverished my parents.

In the end though, it wasn’t my parent’s funds that were exhausted but the variety of books carried by the catalogs. Hell, I even had to delve into girl book territory (Animal Hospital, Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew, here’s looking at you ladies.) In the end though, these book lists were far too limited so I eventually found myself camped in my local library.

I was a book-eating monster and burned through everything the library had on its shelves. I guess you could say that’s how I started my path to becoming an author.

So yep, morals of the story:

1. Thanks Mom and Dad for buying me books instead of Transformers. I didn’t see the wisdom of that back then. I do now.

2. Thank you American Library Association and thank you libraries everywhere for launching dreams and imaginations.

3. Parents, nurture your kids. Teach them to love reading. Don’t teach them to love it too much or they’ll want to become writers (usually a bad career move).

4. Supposedly I am now allowed to put Award Winning Author next to my name. Now, as much as I’ve tried, there’s no non-douchey way to writing that next to your own name. It just doesn’t work. As a Jedi master told me, it’s my publisher’s job to toot that. For now, I’ll just go with “Wes.”  (But… “Wes the Award Winning Author” sounds pretty dope.)


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Capricon 34 Schedule

Con season is picking up and it’s a beautiful thing. Here’s my schedule for Capricon 34 dropping Feb 6th to 9th at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling IL.  I love it when suburbs use the phrase “Chicago North Shore”. For me, if it’s out of artillery range, it’s really a different town.


If you’re in the Chicago area, try to make it. Let’s hang out. Look, I’m moderating S.M. Stirling and Gene Wolfe!

Hmmm… 45 min reading. I just need 10. Really.

Creating Villains - Friday, 02-07-2014 – 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm - Willow
How does a writer determine how vile they can make their villains and when they’ve crossed over the line to a point which will turn off readers? How many babies can an Evil Lord eat before the reader will chuck the book across the room? What is the balance between evil and self-awareness on the part of the villain?
Donald J. Bingle
Wesley Chu (M)
Blake Hausladen
S. M. Stirling
Gene Wolfe

Reading: Wesley Chu - Saturday, 02-08-2014 – 10:45 am to 11:30 am - River C (Cafe)

Wesley Chu

How Does an Author Read? - Saturday, 02-08-2014 – 11:30 am to 12:45 pm - Botanic Garden B
Do authors read books the same way regular readers read or are they looking for something different? Does an author read a genre book differently than a non-genre book? And what happens when you hate a friend’s novel?
Wesley Chu
Phyllis Eisenstein
Lance Erlick
Blake Hausladen
Gene Wolfe (M)

Another Form of Story Telling - Saturday, 02-08-2014 – 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm - Birch A
Not only do games help while away a relaxing (or competitive) evening, they can also be an alternative method of story-telling. How are fictional aspects woven into games so they come out as an interactive fictional exercise.
Donald J. Bingle (M)
Wesley Chu
Ken Hite
Emmy Jackson
Tom Trumpinski

Autographing: Chu, Mohanraj, Wolfe – Saturday, 02-08-2014 – 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Autograph Table

Wesley Chu
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Gene Wolfe

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