Wesley Chu

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Wesley Chu (朱恆昱)
Chu in 2019
Chu in 2019
BornSeptember 23, 1976
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Notable works
  • Tao trilogy
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic
Notable awards

Wesley Chu (朱恆昱) (born September 23, 1976, in Taipei)[1] is a #1 New York Times Bestselling speculative fiction author. He was originally raised by his grandparents in Taiwan while his parents were studying in the United States. In 1982, he joined his parents in Lincoln, Nebraska, later settling in Chicago in 1990.[2][3] He received a degree in management information systems from the University of Illinois, worked consulting jobs, then spent ten years in the banking industry. He has acted in film and television, and has also worked as a stuntman.[4][3] Chu has appeared in several high-profile commercials alongside numerous celebrities, such as Michael Jordan.


Chu's first novel, The Lives of Tao, was submitted in 2011 to Angry Robot Books as part of their "Open Door" process,[5][6] and published in 2013. It was selected as one of the 2014 Alex Awards winners.[7] Chu became a full-time writer in 2014.[4] He was nominated for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2014 and 2015, winning the second time.[8]

Chu signed a contract with Angry Robot Books early in 2015 for the Io series, new novels set in the same universe as the Tao series.[9]

His novel Time Salvager was optioned to Paramount in 2015, with Michael Bay attached to direct.[10]

In 2019, Chu debuted #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, with co-author Cassandra Clare, with their novel The Red Scrolls of Magic, the first of The Eldest Curses series, part of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.[11]

Robert Kirkman tapped Chu to write the first The Walking Dead novel set in Asia, titled The Walking Dead: Typhoon.[12]

In 2021, it was announced that Original Film and Sony Pictures Television acquired the rights for Chu's The War Arts Saga, with plans to adapt the novels for television.[13] Chu was listed as an executive producer on the project.[13]

In 2022, Kirkus Reviews named The Art of Prophecy one of the best science fiction and fantasy books of the year.[14]


Tao series[edit]

  • The Lives of Tao (Angry Robot Books, 2013)
  • The Deaths of Tao (Angry Robot Books, 2014)
  • The Rebirths of Tao (Angry Robot Books, 2015)
  • The Days of Tao (Angry Robot Books, 2016)

Time Salvager series[edit]

  • Time Salvager (Tor, 2015)
  • Time Siege (Tor, 2016)

Io series[edit]

The Io series (a three-book synopsis exists) is a continuation of the Tao series, centered on new characters, Ella and her alien Io.[15]

  • The Rise of Io (Angry Robot Books, 2016)
  • The Fall of Io (Angry Robot Books, 2018)

The Eldest Curses series (young adult)[edit]

Co-written with Cassandra Clare and part of The Shadowhunter Chronicles[16][17]

  • The Red Scrolls of Magic (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2019)
  • The Lost Book of the White (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2020)
  • The Black Volume of the Dead (Margaret K. McElderry Books, TBA)

The Walking Dead series[edit]

  • The Walking Dead: Typhoon (Skybound Books, 2019)

The War Arts Saga[edit]



  • "Wesley Chu:Timelines". Locus. Vol. 75, no. 2. August 2015. pp. 60–62.
  • "Time Salvager, Wesley Chu, Talks at Google". YouTube - Talks at Google. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2022-07-05.


  1. ^ Locus 2015, p. 60.
  2. ^ Chu, Wesley (2015). "Introduction". Time Salvager. Tor.
  3. ^ a b c Darren (May 2012). "Debut Author Wesley Chu Joins Angry Robot with The Lives of Tao".
  4. ^ a b "Wesley Chu:Timelines". Locus Online. August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Lee (October 2013). "Open Door – a personal story from Wesley Chu".
  6. ^ Chu, Wesley (2015). "Acknowledgements". The Rebirths of Tao. Angry Robot Books.
  7. ^ "Wesley Chu". Angry Robot Books.
  8. ^ World Science Fiction Society (2015-08-22). "2015 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  9. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (January 14, 2015). "Good News: Angry Robot Books Gets Back To Full Speed In A Couple Months". io9.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 3, 2015). "Michael Bay to Direct Sci-Fi Movie 'Time Salvager' for Paramount". The Wrap.
  11. ^ "Young Adult Hardcover Books - Best Sellers - Apr 28, 2019 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  12. ^ "'The Walking Dead: Typhoon' Novel Excerpt Brings the Apocalypse to China (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  13. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2021-03-02). "Wesley Chu's 'War Arts Saga' Martial Arts Fantasy Novels To Get TV Series Adaptation by Jason Ning, Uta Briesewitz, Original Film & Sony TV". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  14. ^ "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2022". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2022-11-24.
  15. ^ Locus 2015, p. 62.
  16. ^ Clare, Cassandra (March 20, 2020). "The Eldest Curse Archives". Cassandra Clare. Retrieved March 20, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ The Red Scrolls of Magic. Simon & Schuster. 5 May 2020. ISBN 9781481495097. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  18. ^ "Yes that is an eyepatch. And yes, I am happy to see you". wesleychu.com. Jan 24, 2012. Retrieved Sep 1, 2015.

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