When out-of-shape IT technician Roen Tan woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.
He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. – excerpted blurb from Angry Robot website –
Wesley Chu’s The Lives of Tao (available through Angry Robot, as well as other outlets) was one of the 2013 reads that I enjoyed a lot. Chu’s writing is energetic and the storytelling is very well-paced. There’s something to be said too about how Chu keeps the tone of the novel lively and fresh. It never drags and one can’t help rooting for both Tao and Roen. I bought my copy of The Lives of Tao because I was intrigued by the premise and I came away quite happily surprised. It’s a very well-written first novel and it comes as no surprise to see Wesley Chu shortlisted for the 2014 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.
With apologies for the delayed publication, I present this interview with Wesley Chu.
I found the premise behind Lives of Tao to be quite intriguing (which is why I bought the book). Would you like to share a little bit of the inspiration behind it? What was the seed for this novel and what process did it take for that seed to grow into the book it is today?
I originally started writing The Lives of Tao to explore explaining history from the viewpoint of the man behind the curtains. What if the events that unfolded in our past happened for reasons other than what we thought they were? There are so many events that happened that didn’t make a lot of sense and I wanted to use these events to tell a new story. Continue reading