We have news of another exciting debut author signing for you today folks: a two-book deal for science fiction author Wesley Chu.
Said deal – the fine-print of which was sorted out between our man Lee Harris and Wesley’s agent Russell Galen of the Scovil, Galen and Ghosh Literary Agency – is for the first two books in a brand new, high-octane, sci-fi action adventure series that mashes up Jason Bourne, Chuck, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a whole lot more.
People of The Earth, we proudly present: The Lives of Tao.
What’s The Lives of Tao All About, Then?
The Lives of Tao follows an out-of-shape loser and IT technician called Roen, who finds his world turned inside out and upside down when a friendly alien hitches a ride inside his mind. Because this is no ordinary friendly alien: the entity in question is a secret agent, fighting an aeons-old war against the Genjix, a rival alien organisation hell-bent on destroying the Earth in their quest to return to their rightful place in the galaxy.
And poor old Roen really has his work cut out for him. He needs to develop a stiff jab, make the grade as a covert operative and find a way to save the planet, all while being hunted by the deadly agents of the Genjix.
And Who’s This Wesley Chu Guy We’re Hearing So Much About Lately?
Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast (no, seriously, check out the photo…)
Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the SAG, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus (honestly, we are not making this stuff up, he’s got his own IMDB entry and everything) and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials.
Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva.
You can catch up with Wesley online at his blog: www.chuforthought.com, or on Twitter: @wes_chu. Feel free to send him lots of “congrats!” messages and all that jazz.
For Crying Out Loud, The Quotes! Where Are the Quotes?
We asked Wesley to say nice things about us for the press release and he came back to us with the sort of megalomaniac ramblings which means he’ll definitely fit in just fine around these parts: “I am thrilled to announce my strategic alliance with Angry Robot Books. Since 2009, I and my shadowy organisation, the Genjix, have watched with interest as they’ve increased their influence over the world with an impressive stable of creative authors.
“Between their mind-bending list of books and dreadnought starships, and my kung-fu grip and millennia of world conquering experience, Earth has very little chance of surviving our onslaught. I look forward to growing this relationship with these ill-tempered automatons as we carve up the world. Dibs on New Zealand.”
Our Lee added: “I’m always delighted when I find a new science fiction series with real heart, especially one written by a debut author of such obvious and genuine talent. I can’t wait to share Wesley’s books with the world.”
Both books – exact titles still to be confirmed, so watch this space for further news on that front – are scheduled to be published in 2013.